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.