This may be the update some of you have been waiting for. We already knew that BMW plans to come out with a whole lineup based on the G310R, first it was the Akula and now it’s the mini-GS.
The confirmation came directly from BMW Motorrad UK’s director Phil Horton in an interview with Motorcycle Sport & Leisure.
He said: “New models aside, the line-up isn’t as comprehensive as it needs to be. But there are plenty more bikes to come, including, hopefully in 2017, a G310R GS-style derivative. That’s quite an interesting proposition in itself.”
There are currently 7 GS models available but only two of them has the word ‘adventure’ tacked onto it, the BMW F 800 GS Adventure and the R 1200 GS Adventure. The mini-GS could be modeled after either one of these and with it designed around the 34bhp single-cylinder naked bike, it will most definitely come at a more affordable price than the R 1200 GS’ $22k MSRP.
Based on the current GS adventure bikes, we could see the mini-GS come with ABS as standard, a larger fuel tank or maybe the engine will be tuned to push out a bit more torque to overcome any off-road challenges you may encounter.
The mini-GS release date is set to be next year and we could hear more from BMW near the end of this year.