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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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A week later...

When shopping this bike I once said I was looking for reviews and could not find many… so now that I have it let me share my own observations.

Got mine June 12th, first one sold by my local dealer in Montreal, QC. I rode it to work every day since, even under rain. Very pleased with it so far.
This is not my first bike, got higher displacement bikes in the past, but this time just felt I did not need a big bike for the common usage I’m needing it for. My daily commute distance is 30km round-trip and in the city, no highway, so the average speed I reach is very low. Something light, easy to maneuver and affordable were my criteria, and these are met with this bike. Here the registration under 400cc is cheaper, and it also reflects on for insurance (rare thing, a check from them is even in the mail for the difference compared to my previous bike).

Position: I’m 5’7” (1.70m) tall and the bike fits nicely. Feel somehow “inside” the bike as opposed to “sitting” on it, probably due to the shape/position of the gas tank.

The bike is smooth and to my surprise does not vibrate the way I was expecting from a mono-cylinder. My last bike as a KTM 690 and I could barely see in the mirrors since they were vibrating so much! This is a no-issue with the G310R.

The transmission gears are very close. To reach a cruising speed of 50km I find myself shifting up to 4th gear. Riding in the city mean you’ll constantly be switching gears. 1st gear is very low. Seems like you can almost use the 2nd gear as the first one. (I might consider putting a front sprocket with one more tooth when/if that becomes available to see if it better fits my city pace). That being said, when I’m done with the break-in maybe I’ll end up cruising the bike in higher revs. Right now still sticking (maybe a bit too strickly!) with manufacturer’s recommendation of running under 6K RPM. I went on the highway reached about 100km/h at the 6000 RPM mark, so I did not test the bike in much higher speed yet. Ride was still very stable at that speed.

Brakes took a good 50km to start to be somewhat responsive. Same goes for the shifting mechanism where the more I ride the better it gets. On the way out of the dealer, I was having a hard time putting it in Neutral (found it was easier to find neutral when down from 2nd than up from 1st gear) . Also got the ‘-‘ mark a few times in the first rides. Never had issue finding 6th as other reported. From all new bikes previously owned, this is probably the one asking the more mileage to break-in the transmission, at least from what I recall. I’m at 220km and I hope things will still improve in that area.

Overall the bike inspires confidence, seems the weight is really well balanced. Feels well “planted” and so you don’t fear to lean it in the curves. VERY quick from switching from a side to another, will be fun to ride in twisty roads for sure. The stock tires, Michelin Pilot Street are doing a great job. Unless putting the bike on a track, I would not see the need to swap these tires before using all the thread they have!

Exhaust noise is minimal & the tune of the sound has nothing special nor very exciting, but luckily I’m not the type of person choosing a motorcycle by its sound. I also got a few fines in the past for changing exhaust (forbidden by law here) so I’m out of that game for now.

Despite the price and the fact the bike is not made in Germany (as other models are ?) it certainly does not look of feels “cheap”. I was happily surprised when I finally saw it in the flesh and rode it for the first time. No regrets so far!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-21-2017, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for the great review! Especially the bit about cruising speed at 4th gear, sounds like it could be a bit of a hassle for city driving with stop and go traffic and a speed limit of around 60 km/h.
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Great review, I also have trouble getting it from 1st into neutral, much easier to go into 2nd and drop it down to neutral, maybe that's just part of running in the transmission.
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Your experience with the transmission mirrors mine. Did you ever get stuck in Neutral?
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No, everything else is fine. The dealer did say that the transmission had not been run in, when I rode the demo bike, and that it might be a bit sticky. From other reviews on the net I gather that the stickiness should disappear after a while.
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I think going from 1st to neutral is difficult by design, couldn't do it while the engine was running, but managed it very easily when the engine was off. Just goes to show the high level of quality design that BMW has put into the bike.
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My Moto Guzzi V7II had the same issue on occasion when it was new. This is an explanation I came to think was correct:

"The gearbox is what is called a 'Constant Mesh' type. All the pinions are engaged with their mate the whole time. Which one actually delivers drive is dependent on sliding, in the case of the smallblocks, the pinion sideways on the shaft so that the 'Dogs' the *Lumps* on the side of one pinion will engage with the one next to it, thereby locking it to the shaft and delivering drive.
When the bike is stationary in neutral the dogs may not line up with the slots in the adjacent pinion and because the input shaft won't spin when the clutch is engaged there is no way that they can line up no matter how hard you press on the gear lever.
By releasing the clutch a teeny bit while applying gentle pressure to the lever you cause drive to be delivered so the input shaft and pinions will star to spin, the dogs and their slots align and the box will drop into gear!
The issue is worse when the bike is new because the bearings will be tight and the oil seals will grasp the shafts more firmly than they will in later life. Usually by the time the box has had its first oil change things will be loosening up and it will gradually become less of an issue because when the clutch I engaged the input shaft will keep spinning for longer and the dogs will drop straight in. By that time though most new owners have familiarised themselves with pre-loading the lever and slipping the clutch a tad and the whole thing simply becomes a non-issue."
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The transmission gets better as it is broken in. I too struggled finding N and a couple of times 6th did not engage but slipped back to 5th. But now with 907km on the clock no worries.

The bike does struggle to start though on cold mornings. A couple of days this week we have had 8degC and less. I have to turn it over a few times before she takes.

In cross wind, the front wheel gets lite and at times feels like its going to wash out.

But otherwise wonderful commuter. I am eager to get the break-in service done soon, no more "do not use full throttle", especially when at traffic lights.

If you double check the manual it indicates keep the RPM <6000 for the first 300km. After that you can go over 6000RPM but no full throttle. There are those 2 blocks, which at first seemed confusing 0...300KM <6000 RPM then 0...1000KM no full throttle.

As indicated quality is good. I prefer the switch gear than that found on R1200GS and F800GSA which I have both owned.

Sexy bike to look at. The blue looks almost like the Suzuki GSX-S1000A.
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That is a perfect review. Pretty much sums up all my thoughts. I will say, my bike now has 400km on the odometer, and the bike is feeling better and better. The clutch is perfect, the brakes feel great, suspension is great.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 11:34 AM
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question since u have some riding on it, I have seen a few reviews mentoning the bike is a bit low geared, ie: has enough torque to start in 2nd etc, did you notice it being a bit low geared, From the rated top speed of 85mph here in states, I am considering when my wifes arrives to go a tooth bigger in front sprocket to give it a bit better hiway, what are your thoughts, thanks
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