All interesting perspectives so far - thank you. A little more about me: I'm basically a weekend rider. I keep my bike in the Hamptons and ride around during the summers early morning before all the traffic comes out. Some nice twisty roads, generally 30-40 mph speed limits. For this stuff, the G310R is perfect.
But my dealer is back in Manhattan - so I've gotta ride the bike back to NYC (via the somewhat daunting Long Island Expressway) for service. I could have BMW pick it up, but that's a few hundred bucks and the ride seems like it'd be more fun anyway. But on the LIE - the speed limit is 55-65 and people regularly drive 80 MPH. I can hide out in the HOV lane, but even so, if I'm going 70 MPH, that's more or less topped out in 6th gear...some of these other bikes can do 70 mph in 2nd gear.
In any case, just feeling like I'm kind of stuck out in the Hamptons with my bike, in that it doesn't give me the confidence to get on some of the bigger flatter highways where speed and power matter a little more.