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Reading about the G 310 R’s specs is one thing, but riding it around local streets is another matter and VisorDown had the chance to do just that in the UK.

BMW’s first foray into the sub-500cc motorcycle world is powered by a 313cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine producing 34hp. That number may not seem that impressive to some, but contributor Steve Farrell found it to be lively with reasonable pull in fourth gear at speeds as low as 30mph. Though he did find it lacking between 8,000rpm and 10,000rpm, a range on the power band that the G 310 R does not like being in.

But the G 310 R’s handling should make up for it thanks to a short wheelbase of 1,374mm and light weight of 158.5kg. Shift the bars a little and the chassis is more than happy to respond. Steve finds that “it turns more readily than Theresa May. Although thankfully with more stability.” Suspension isn’t too bad either with KYB 41mm upside-down forks soaking up hard braking and pre-load adjustable shock. In fact, he thinks the suspension setup may be too sporty for its targeted market.

There’s plenty to like on the G 310 R; a digital dash displaying everything you need, disc lock perfectly fitted under the seat, standard ABS and of course its body styling reminiscent of the S1000R.
 

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The brakes may not be Brembo, but they should still be fine for a g310r and motorcycles stop faster than cars do because of its light weight. Factory brakes should be more than enough for new riders until they're worn down. Worse case scenario, change out the brake pads for cheap and better bite.
 

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The brakes may not be Brembo, but they should still be fine for a g310r and motorcycles stop faster than cars do because of its light weight. Factory brakes should be more than enough for new riders until they're worn down. Worse case scenario, change out the brake pads for cheap and better bite.
Correct. I noticed a lot of people go for EBC's which in this case might be worth trying, just forget about it if you plan to ride anywhere but mostly dry conditions. I'm a city slicker.
 

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question on the gearing, I have heard a lot the the 310r is low geared, plenty of torque " bike can start off in second easily", the question is since I will have hiway riding as well as city, what are your thoughts on going up a tooth in front sprocket from 16 to a 17? to give it a bit taller gearing?
 

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I'm pretty new to motorcycles so I'm not entirely sure how gearing would work, but if it'll make the gears longer, that should work out better for you in the city theoretically?
 

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BYBRE are Brembo brakes. It is just there Small to Medium displacement motorcycle and scooters division. I can't put a direct link to brembo's website but if you look at their brands it shows them clearly.
As to other comments, I too will most likely replace the primary front sprocket with 1 tooth larger when they are available. Unfortunately I live in USA on the west coast and most likely wont see my G310 GS until end of this year or first of next year. I put a deposit on one so hopefully I will get it as soon they they are shipped here.
 

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Always thought Brembo was dependent on the size of the bike didn't know they offer different ones depending on the displacement. But I don't doubt they'll still cost a lot.
 

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BYBRE are Brembo brakes. It is just there Small to Medium displacement motorcycle and scooters division. I can't put a direct link to brembo's website but if you look at their brands it shows them clearly.
As to other comments, I too will most likely replace the primary front sprocket with 1 tooth larger when they are available. Unfortunately I live in USA on the west coast and most likely wont see my G310 GS until end of this year or first of next year. I put a deposit on one so hopefully I will get it as soon they they are shipped here.
Don't know if bike makes do dealer tours with new bikes like what car makers do but it would be a great thing, some of us serious about the GS could see it well before the official launch.
 

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I just left the BMW dealership where I put my deposit on the G310GS and was talking with the dealerships owner. He said the delay to the USA is partly due to our lighting differences, all lights, turn signal lenses, brake light and lens etc all have to be DOT approved which is NOT a requirement for the rest of the world. He also said the GS will most likely have slightly different gear ratios than the R at least here in the USA. I cant say if what I was told was true or not but I didn't figure that the owner of a dealership would lie to my face. He also said as he got new or better info he would keep me informed. He also believes that the GS will be a big success here in the USA but is not sure about the R. He now has 6 deposits on the R and 10 on the GS I am number 5 for the GS.
 

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I just left the BMW dealership where I put my deposit on the G310GS and was talking with the dealerships owner. He said the delay to the USA is partly due to our lighting differences, all lights, turn signal lenses, brake light and lens etc all have to be DOT approved which is NOT a requirement for the rest of the world. He also said the GS will most likely have slightly different gear ratios than the R at least here in the USA. I cant say if what I was told was true or not but I didn't figure that the owner of a dealership would lie to my face. He also said as he got new or better info he would keep me informed. He also believes that the GS will be a big success here in the USA but is not sure about the R. He now has 6 deposits on the R and 10 on the GS I am number 5 for the GS.
Actually I have been noticing more new riders prefer bikes just like the GS with more relaxed ergonomics but at the same time still packing enough power. That might be why I seen some great feedback of another cool 300cc-series bike... the KTM Duke 390.
 
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