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Ken Hutchison from RideApart had a chance to test ride the new 2017 BMW G 310 R before it’s available to the public in the summer of 2017 and he thinks a lot of people will “dig it”.

For just $4,750 ($4,995 after dealer fees), you will get a quality machine with well fitted bodywork, Allen-head fasteners, nice welds, tidy wire routing and an awesome paint job. The LCD instrument looks like it belongs on a more expensive bike with a large display featuring a speedo, tach, fuel gauge, clock, trip meters, average mpg and fuel countdown meter.

A 313cc four-stroke single with a reverse cylinder layout won’t blow experienced riders away with its 34 horsepower, but it won’t intimidate a new one either. Making it even more newbie friendly is its 30.9-inch seat height and 349 pound weight.

The clutch pull is very light and thanks to short gears, riders won’t need to drag it too much when moving from a dead stop. It takes a few moments for the G 310 R to get up to highway speeds and you’ll have to work at breaking into the triple digits, but overall the engine runs great and gear changes are precise.

It wasn’t all straight lines, the test ride ran through the twisty canyons between Mulholland and Malibu. The chassis was well balanced and snapping the bike side to side was effortless. Other journalists and Hutchison, agreed that the G 310 R was smooth, had great handling and it was fun to ride.
 

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BMW told him that the shock and fork were set up for a range of riders from 100-200 lbs and that's not adjustable. Tack on luggage weight or a second rider and the g310r may not be able to handle it. Makes me wonder why there's a seat for two riders.
 

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With the average weight hitting towards the higher end of that range, that's pretty pointless to have a seat for two riders. I guess you can put some luggage weight on there but not much at all. That's pretty weird though, didn't think it would be that little.
 

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According to the spec sheet from BMW, the 310R has a payload of 411 lbs (186.5 kg), which is higher than the weight of the bike itself. That should allow for a reasonably sized rider, passenger, and some gear. But I don't think this is the kind of bike I would buy if I were planning to regularly ride two-up.

Oh, and while the front fork isn't adjustable, the rear shock has a 7-position preload adjustment.
 

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That makes more sense. I assumed the stated weight in the review was the overall payload for the g310r.

The taillight area will need to be cleaned up, I'm not a fan of how far it sticks out. Maybe look into a fender delete.
 

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Being in the segment its in, a very mainstream one, its easy to see why they wanted to make it two-up although going two-up here isn't the most ideal two-up riding. Instead it gives the G310R that extra bit of practicality for short two-up riding in the city, suburbs, etc. Plus it helps on the sales end.
 

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Throw* fail...

But, being a smaller CC bike, it definitely doesn't seem like it'll be used for a lot of paired riding, but it's good to know you can. Being new though, I won't be taking those chances lol but I will want to have thing packed away on little trips.
 
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