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Don Canet from Cycle World had a chance to take a break from his office chair and go for a ride on BMW’s all new G 310 R.

Lightweight and nimble, the new sub-500cc street bike will appeal to new riders and they will be getting a quality product for just $4750. The Indian-built motorcycle has to meet BMW’s standard and we can clearly see that in the clean welds on the tubular-steel frame, quality castings, perfectly fitted fairings and the large amount of allen head fasteners used. No area is overlooked, not even the LCD dash which features a bar graph tachometer, gear indicator, shift light, trip computer functions, and more.

A 313cc liquid-cooled, four-valve single provides riders with quick response and has a peak output of 34 horsepower at 9500 rpm. At the top of its short-throw six-speed gearbox, riders can hit around 70 mph on the freeways, but there will be some vibration at 6000tpm and higher.

Making it novice friendly is the light clutch pull with linear engagement which provides stall-free leaves from stops, something most new riders dread. A seat height of 30.9-inches makes it easy for riders to flat foot at said stops. What’s more, the G 310 R comes standard with ABS and it’s pretty fuel efficient as Canet averaged around 62-mpg, or around 200-plus miles every 2.9-gallon tank.

BMW may have a winner on their hands.
 

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I've had my share of stalls, especially on my first CBR 250 practice bike and it's such a pain to restart the engine when there are cars behind you waiting for your bike to move on a green light. I'm sure you can still stall, but the clutch makes it less likely to happen. What could put me off are the vibrations. If it's bad enough, it can tire you out after a while.
 

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If you're usually hanging around the 6k+ rpm mark then it definitely may cause some discomfort. But I'm sure you can do certain things to try and dampen them a little bit.
 

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I probably would be to be honest.. I'll look into some grips and boots that try to reduce that vibration. 200 miles out of that tank is pretty darn great though. I'm gonna be loving that.
 

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That's amazing mileage and I'm hoping to see similar fuel economy with the G310RS. 200 miles is more than enough to go on road trips with, gets you from one gas station to the other with no problems. The gas you fill it with may be premium, but it's still cheap for how far it stretches.
 

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That's amazing mileage and I'm hoping to see similar fuel economy with the G310RS. 200 miles is more than enough to go on road trips with, gets you from one gas station to the other with no problems. The gas you fill it with may be premium, but it's still cheap for how far it stretches.
On that point about gas, make sure you fill up somewhere good. It pays to do your research before hand and map out where you'll want to fill up. Last thing you want is to fill up at some shady gas station. Finding out the hard way sucks.
 

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What experiences have you had filling up at shady gas stations ? I personally have never been in the situation to have to go to one.
 

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No personal experience either since by default I always make sure to go to reputable places but I have heard of bikes running rough. Don't know how those guys got it running normal again.
 

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There's only so many gas stations around and I try to avoid those mom and pop ones. I'm sure there are reputable ones out there, but larger stations like Esso has a level of standard they usually meet.
 

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If the bike ends up running weird because you threw some bad gas in it, you usually can get away with just running it empty and filling it up with some good fuel again. Sometimes though, people have ran into some bad issues
 

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Depends on how bad the gas was. Could cause the bike to hesitate, hiccup, stall, etc. Heard Sea Foam helps after you'e drained the tank and put in new gas.
 

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Just found some additional info to sweeten the G310R deal, dealer prep/set-up is capped at $245 and we get a 3-year warranty like other BWW motorcycles, so that's 3-year 36,000 miles plus BMW Roadside Service. If anything happens, at least you won't have to pay for a truck to come and pick your bike up.
 
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