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.