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It seems to me like there are two philosophies when it comes to bike ownership: some people buy a bike and keep it forever, others trade it in every couple of years.

One of the things that makes BMW interesting and attractive is the 3-year warranty, which gives you more room to strategize on when to sell a bike or trade it in.

What is your ownership strategy? And do you approach the 310 differently than you do other bikes?

It seems to me that unless you’re able to do your own repairs, owning the bike out of warranty would be a risky move. From what I can tell, repairs are usually a couple of hundred dollars at the low end, and can often extend to several thousand dollars at the top end. Given how affordable the bike is, I think you can quickly get to a point where a repair would cost you almost as much as the bike will be worth after three years.

Relatedly, has anyone looked into or considered extended warranties? When I picked up my bike, the dealer showed me what they have an offer. They quoted me an extended warranty of 36 months provided by RPM Plus for $1,650—which I think is pretty high, but which would be cheaper than getting a new bike at that point, given that taxes alone would be around $600 or so.
 

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I used to be in the flavor of own one for long time. Many years I had a restored 1977 Airhead. Then my wife insisted I modernized to ABS brakes in 2012. Once I rode a modern boxer, I pretty much abandoned the the very nice Airhead. Everything superior in terms of riding experience. Maintenance was not as simple and required some new tech to learn and tools to buy. Warranty and dealer support became important with the increase in technology. Totally worth it as the riding experience was indeed superior. But very hard to swallow, my 2012 1200RT was very first time I purchased a new unit Of any kind. Spending sooo much money. But technology marches on. The bike from 2012 is not as sweet as 2022 requiring upgrades if you want the best experience. And making used purchases problematic.
I‘m still trying to figure what’s best but I currently see trading in the 310 when warranty up for an electric bike of comparable specs. That bike is on the Horizon but nor here yet.But I’d call that another upgrade to keep up with technology. Its Probably the best time in History to own a motorbike. Just keep getting better and better.

On techno bikes especially first iterations I think it wise to remain in warranty. Parts are expensive as is labor. By the time you reach the end of BMW warrant it’s time for new version. I think that’s their strategy with long warrant.
 
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It probably makes sense to keep a $23,000 bike for more than three years, but I’m not sure about a $6,000 bike.

I wish BMW had a GS in the $10,000 range, something akin to what the new Honda Transalp will be.
 

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It’s going to be hard to top the new trans alp. Just like the CRF 300 eclipsed the 310. But if there is market desire, you can bet BMW will try. The idea behind the parallel twins was lighter but they just got bloated and bloated until not too different than boxers and nearly as pricey!
Heck, I can see a re do of the 310 IF IF IF sales were outstanding……400cc/60hp, 300lbs dyno suspension, turbo? Or other way, 40hp 125cc weighing 220lbs…..It’s a wonderful world.
 

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The idea behind the parallel twins was lighter but they just got bloated and bloated until not too different than boxers and nearly as pricey!
True words. I don’t know what BMW was thinking making all the F models virtually as heavy as the big GS bikes, and almost as expensive. They must be guessing that there’s no market for a truly intermediate adventure bike. They probably think that it would be too expensive for the big Asian market and too “small” for North America and Europe, where people want liter bikes.
 

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One the big mystery’s like Bigfoot I reckon. They started with a lightish boxer in the Airhead. That first GS wasn’t big just tall. But the market runs the show. Ha! Just back from the weed store on my Van Van. A whole different unit there, make me giggle that VV.
 

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наверное будет правильным, не думать о том ,что другие думают.. нужно покупать мотоцикл как игрушку, нравится -катайся пока не надоест! а какой он будет высокий, низкий, тяжелый, дорогой для тебя- это не важно! главный критерий- чтобы он тебе нравился))) , а потом конечно нужно избавляться от него... ну а дальше, дальше все по -новой)))
 

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Google's translation of the above Russian...

"probably it would be right not to think about what others think .. you need to buy a motorcycle as a toy, you like it - ride until you get bored! and how high, low, heavy, expensive it will be for you - it doesn’t matter! the main criterion is that you like it))), and then of course you need to get rid of it ... well, then, then everything is new)))"

My response: I agree with this. As long as I like my G310GS better that the next best alternative, I'm good.

My response in Russian via Google Translate: Я согласен с этим. Пока мне это нравится больше, чем следующая лучшая альтернатива, я в порядке.
 

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Yeah, I agree with that. I was thinking more along the lines of: should you sell your current 310 when the warranty ends to get a new 310?
As soon as there is a new less-than-400-lb-GS that is a significant improvement over the my current less-than-400-lb-GS, I'll buy it. Warranty status isn't a factor for me, but I can understand how it would be for someone who would be hard pressed to pay for a major out-of-warranty repair.
 

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Yeah, I agree with that. I was thinking more along the lines of: should you sell your current 310 when the warranty ends to get a new 310?
Время покажет))) времена и пристрастия имеют свойство к изменениям..я ни в коем случаем про ограничения типа кефир и зефир)) мне очень нравятся Хонда GRF 300 .. но мне претит иметь два мотоцикла сразу..я так не могу.. не может быть у мужчины две женщины)))..поэтому катаемся на бмв 310 GS))
 

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Время покажет))) времена и пристрастия имеют свойство к изменениям..я ни в коем случаем про ограничения типа кефир и зефир)) мне очень нравятся Хонда GRF 300 .. но мне претит иметь два мотоцикла сразу..я так не могу.. не может быть у мужчины две женщины)))..поэтому катаемся на бмв 310 GS))
Google Translation: "Time will tell))) times and preferences tend to change .. I'm by no means talking about restrictions like kefir and marshmallows)) I really like the Honda GRF 300 .. but I hate to have two motorcycles at once .. I can’t do that .. a man can't have two women)))..that's why we ride a bmw 310 GS))"

My reply: I've always believed the right number of motorcycles is three, that's why I have an S1000RR for track days, an S1000XR for sport touring, and the G310GS for adventuring. I guess the womanizing analog would be a mistress, a wife, and girlfriend? Good thing my wife suffices for all three (and approves of all three motorcycles). 😇

My reply in Russian: Мой ответ: я всегда считал, что правильное количество мотоциклов — три, поэтому у меня есть S1000RR для трек-дней, S1000XR для спортивных туров и G310GS для приключений. Я предполагаю, что аналогом распутства будет любовница, жена и подруга? Хорошо, что моей жене хватает на все три (и все три мотоцикла одобряет). 😇
 

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If you can pull it off, three bikes is the sweet spot. I ran that for years. But one gets caught up in the crazy maintenance wheel, expense and not putting sufficient hour on one unit. For me the 310GS comes closest to doing it all reasonably well. Really nice to have room in garage rather than tripping over the other two I’m not riding at moment. I’m with Jerry G, if something comes up that works better for me, I’ll get it (hopefully an electric).
 

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The thing is, the 310 GS is so good for everyday riding that I don’t think I would be using a bigger bike all that much.

I do hope that BMW keeps improving the unit. I read somewhere that they’re beginning another cooperation with TVS, so I assume that’s a good sign.
 

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The thing is, the 310 GS is so good for everyday riding that I don’t think I would be using a bigger bike all that much.
I can almost agree with this, but I'm not yet ready to give up the exhilaration that comes from a 498 lbs sport-touring bike with 165 HP or a 459 lbs track bike with 199 HP.

I do hope that BMW keeps improving the unit. I read somewhere that they’re beginning another cooperation with TVS, so I assume that’s a good sign.
I very much agree with this and there is a sign that this is likely: The recently announced G310RR has a TFT display and two engine modes, a Track/Sport mode and a Rain/Urban mode. If BMW can justify these improvements for the 310RR, I like to think the next gen 310GS will the TFT and it's own dual modes, one for street and one for enduro. 🤞🤞🤞

Link: https://www.bmw-motorrad.in/en/models/sport/g310rr.html

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I'm eyeing the s1000rr if I get back into track days, or maybe just replacement for my Yamaha MT-10. It's such a badass bike!
Got my vote x2: I've had a 2014 S1000RR and I currently have a 2017 S1000RR. It's set up like an RS with ABM handlebars that are 4" higher than the OEM clip-ons and a Zero-Gravity Touring Wind Screen. I put 24,000 miles on the 2014 and I've put over 30,000 miles on the 2017 so far. Longest ride was to the Ozarks and back from Northern Virginia. Below 10,000 RPM, it's a fun sport bike. Above 10,000 rpm, it's an insanely quick track bike. On track, I hit 162 mph on a half mile straight while still leaving room to brake hard for the hairpin turn at the end of the straight. Yes, I'm smiling as I type this... :D:eek:o_O

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