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I was really happy with my test ride, but I bought a new g310r last week and after a few days of riding, I can safely say it's a total piece of crap. The brakes are horrible, totally unsafe. The gas cap is ridiculously difficult to open. Once you do get it open, they've for some reason put a metal bar inside the tank, so the gas pump can't fit inside. If it can't fit inside, it can't make a seal. If it can't make a seal, you can't operate the pump. I had to take it straight home. Piece of crap bike, not a BMW, working with the dealership on how to get rid of it. If you're here because you're thinking of getting this bike - DO NOT BUY IT!
 

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I was really happy with my test ride, but I bought a new g310r last week and after a few days of riding, I can safely say it's a total piece of crap. The brakes are horrible, totally unsafe. The gas cap is ridiculously difficult to open. Once you do get it open, they've for some reason put a metal bar inside the tank, so the gas pump can't fit inside. If it can't fit inside, it can't make a seal. If it can't make a seal, you can't operate the pump. I had to take it straight home. Piece of crap bike, not a BMW, working with the dealership on how to get rid of it. If you're here because you're thinking of getting this bike - DO NOT BUY IT!
Just pull back on the seal of the pump princess. Brakes are fine, the bike is a joy!:wink2:
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for 27 years and got a G310R for my wife's first bike (learner bike) and couldn't be happier with it. I ride it way more than she does, giving me a fun light bike to ride when I'm not on my R1200GS Adventure.

Not sure what you are complaining about... without the bar in the gas tank fill, the pump would go too far into the tank and not fill the tank all the way up. The float in the pump would prematurely float up and stop the pump. I've never had a problem filling it after more than 700 miles on the bike.

The brakes are awesome, especially on a bike for less than $5K USD. It doesn't perform like my GS Adventure's Brembo brakes, but it also didn't cost $30K USD.

Just relax and enjoy the bike and accept that you probably have a bit to learn about the bike, as we all should with a new bike.

If you have any specific problems, bring them up here or another group and someone will most likely help you out.
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for 27 years and got a G310R for my wife's first bike (learner bike) and couldn't be happier with it. I ride it way more than she does, giving me a fun light bike to ride when I'm not on my R1200GS Adventure.

Not sure what you are complaining about... without the bar in the gas tank fill, the pump would go too far into the tank and not fill the tank all the way up. The float in the pump would prematurely float up and stop the pump. I've never had a problem filling it after more than 700 miles on the bike.

The brakes are awesome, especially on a bike for less than $5K USD. It doesn't perform like my GS Adventure's Brembo brakes, but it also didn't cost $30K USD.

Just relax and enjoy the bike and accept that you probably have a bit to learn about the bike, as we all should with a new bike.

If you have any specific problems, bring them up here or another group and someone will most likely help you out.
I appreciate that, and I'm glad you're liking it. I loved it at first - I even liked it more than my previous R1200R, for the agility and the fun factor. But it has a tiny tank, and filling it is a total pain at best, friggin' impossible with some tricky pumps. The brakes, for me at least, are not nearly adequate. I would not trust this thing in a dicey situation where some serious brake is needed. I hit a yellow light on a fast road today and thought I was about to slide into cross traffic. I'm taking it on the road one more time, and that's back to the dealer. Enjoy it, but tell your wife not to take it over 40mph, otherwise she won't be able to stop in time. I'm not trusting my life with this junk.
 

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Thank God, the beamer is not perfect.
If it was, we did not have anything to complain / talk about in this forum.


Life is boring when everything is 100% perfect.
Would you want to live with the perfect woman.


We say: every bike is perfect but some bikes need some more 'attention' ;-)


I have driven BMW's for more then 30 years (first one in 1979) and they all had their little 'things'.
It's the challenge to find them and make them better or just live with them (like a marriage) !
It's character LOL
 

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the gas pump can't fit inside. If it can't fit inside, it can't make a seal. If it can't make a seal, you can't operate the pump.
I've never heard of a petrol nozzle that needs to make a seal, what country, state do you live in?

Brakes need some time to bed in, what exactly is your problem with the brakes? How many K's have you done?

If there is a major problem with the brakes, get it back to the dealer.

What type of bike did you ride before?

I've had problems with the petrol cap not closing easily, I found that if the tank is filled to the bar, not above, it closes easily.
 

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I was really happy with my test ride, but I bought a new g310r last week and after a few days of riding, I can safely say it's a total piece of crap. The brakes are horrible, totally unsafe. The gas cap is ridiculously difficult to open. Once you do get it open, they've for some reason put a metal bar inside the tank, so the gas pump can't fit inside. If it can't fit inside, it can't make a seal. If it can't make a seal, you can't operate the pump. I had to take it straight home. Piece of crap bike, not a BMW, working with the dealership on how to get rid of it. If you're here because you're thinking of getting this bike - DO NOT BUY IT!
They have had those type of petrol pumps in Switzerland for at least 25 years. You just use two hands - one on the pump and one pulling up the gaiter. There are metal bars under the fuel cap on a lot of bikes these days so BMW are not out of step with other manufacturers. As far as the brakes go, I can understand where you are coming from as the G310R brakes are not great when new but they do bed in after a few hundred miles and are OK. If you are like me, it doesn't help having small hands as it takes more effort to use the front brake as it is a bit of a stretch to the levers.
 

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I've just completed 1200km on mine (just got back from having the initial service done). When it was new the brakes did not feel as sharp as I was used to on my Dakar, but after bedding in I haven't had cause to fault them. I've been on a 220km ride through the Bloukrans and Grootrivier passes (both directions) near where I live in Knysna, South Africa, where one needs the assurance of braking power, and it was not found to be wanting! Last weekend I did a 2 day 530km ride to Prince Albert via Robinson Pass and Meiringspoort on the way there, and Meiringspoort and Outeniqua pass home. Lots of twisties and good braking required.

I really can't fault this bike. Cruises at 120km/h without effort. I had 7kgs in an Oxford tail bag on the back seat, and lightweight stuff in the top box. Fuel consumption overall was 3,3 litres/100 km (30km / litre). Amazingly wind 'resistant'. The wind seems to blow right through the bike!

Also never had a problem filling up, which I've done 5 times now! My previous 2013 CRF250L also had those bars in the tank and never caused any issues.
 

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Hah, you guys are great. Ok, I should have titled this post "Unhappy with a few things" instead of bashing the bike completely.

So, let's see ... I'm in California, and yes, I've pumped my own gas for well over 20 years. I've had a c600 sport and an R1200R.

Both of those bikes don't require a 2-handed fueling technique. Ok, got it, I'm a newbie to cheap bikes with small tanks, and the fueling is manageable, even though the cap, as others have mentioned, is a pain.

Both of my previous bikes also had dual disc brakes. The single disc brake is a new thing for me and I really don't like it or find it adequate to properly stop the bike.

That said, I have 80 miles on it. I figured the brakes would be properly bedded by now, but perhaps not.

One of my biggest gripes at this point has to be the dealer.
- They didn't remind me to adjust my mirrors before leaving the dealership. Small thing, and I should have done it, but when you're buying a new bike the excitement can make you forget. I didn't realize they were off until I wanted to change lanes on the highway.
- They didn't go over fueling
- They didn't go over brake bedding

These seem like important topics to inform a customer about.

But yeah, not the bike for me, so I'll have to eat some $ and trade in, probably for a Nine T. I'll see you guys on the road, then ... BEHIND ME! :)
 

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- They didn't remind me to adjust my mirrors before leaving the dealership. Small thing, and I should have done it, but when you're buying a new bike the excitement can make you forget. I didn't realize they were off until I wanted to change lanes on the highway.
This "complaint" perfectly sums up your topic:grin2:

I'll see you guys on the road, then ... BEHIND ME! :)
Not a wise idea, we could hit you in the back because of our poor braking ability:wink2:
 

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This "complaint" perfectly sums up your topic:grin2:

Not a wise idea, we could hit you in the back because of our poor braking ability:wink2:
Again, I must say, pleasantly surprised at how funny and helpful you all have been! Thanks for talking me down from my freak-out. I was hit with a surprise yesterday about fueling, but I'll give it another shot today and it's manageable for the long-term. I'm taking it in to the dealer on Saturday to check the brakes, but it sounds like they're still not completely bedded. I will still probably put some new calipers, pads, and rotors on the bike for stronger braking.

Compared to my R12R, I'd say it's sort of a crappy bike, per my original thread post. BUT... I knew that going into it and now it's MY piece of crap. It really is a thrill to ride, it's A LOT easier to maneuver in and out of my driveway (I can walk it backwards uphill, it's so light), and it turns like a bicycle. Plus it's 1/3 the cost of an R12R and prevents me from doing 120mph on the highway, so the wife is happy. Happy wife = happy me.

Not sure if any mods are monitoring this thread, but if possible it would be cool the change the thread title to "New owner issues" or something. I don't see an option for me to edit that myself.

Have a good one, everybody! Ride safe!
 

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I now have over 2k miles on mine and for a single disc front brake I think it bites pretty hard. If you still find it inadequate after a few hundred miles you could go to a more aggressive pad.
 

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I just following fueling and gas cap procedures per the manual and have no issues. Same for cold starting, no issues. R.I.F!
 

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I have 3600 miles on my G310R and I most always just use the front brake and have never had a problem. I like the gas cap as it stays there as opposed to one you take off. Have had lots of bikes including 10 BMWs and rode BMWs for 25 years, 89 to 2013 and then without a BMW until the 310 that I got in September. Worst brakes was probably on the 2013 Harley Sportster I had for a couple years. Live in Illinois and haven't ridden in 2 weeks today, maybe next week.
 

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Hi Mint. Its a Slipstreamer S-06C Clear. I ordered it from Amazon and had it express couriered to South Africa. Arrived in 4 days from the USA. Approx US $60 plus shipping. It makes a massive difference. I used to use a neck support thingy on my Dakar which had an after market screen, but I don't even need it with this windscreen. It just attaches to the handlebar and slots in behind the display console. I posted a thread early in December with another photo. PM me if you need more info.
 

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I appreciate that, and I'm glad you're liking it. I loved it at first - I even liked it more than my previous R1200R, for the agility and the fun factor. But it has a tiny tank, and filling it is a total pain at best, friggin' impossible with some tricky pumps. The brakes, for me at least, are not nearly adequate. I would not trust this thing in a dicey situation where some serious brake is needed. I hit a yellow light on a fast road today and thought I was about to slide into cross traffic. I'm taking it on the road one more time, and that's back to the dealer. Enjoy it, but tell your wife not to take it over 40mph, otherwise she won't be able to stop in time. I'm not trusting my life with this junk.
What dealer in California did you get it at?
 
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