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Hi Everyone,

I pick up my black G310r on Saturday, it's my first ever motorcycle!

No doubt I'll be posting up more as I tinker and have questions. I've already got plans to black out the bike as I can understand how bmw thought the black and white combo would be nice.

Anyways... Hello.
 

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I'm out by Te Atatu in Auckland. Figured with the impending fuel taxes and traffic, I'd get a bike to try a help my sanity.
 

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Welcome to the forum,


If you are interested in painting your white panels black, check out my paint job thread, more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
 

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Hi Porth,

I've been tempted to paint/wrap the white panels on the sides and passenger grab handles a dark grey, then paint the wheel arch and rear seat panels a gloss black to match the tank. I also am thinking about a satin black on the exhaust tip and heat shield.

One of the local dealers has done something similar to what I'm thinking which I've attached.
 

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Hi Porth,

I've been tempted to paint/wrap the white panels on the sides and passenger grab handles a dark grey, then paint the wheel arch and rear seat panels a gloss black to match the tank. I also am thinking about a satin black on the exhaust tip and heat shield.

One of the local dealers has done something similar to what I'm thinking which I've attached.

That looks pretty good. I would recommend getting the panels painted rather than wrapped. You can remove the panels, parts and fender quite easily, and remove the stickers (using a hair dryer to make it easier), do this yourself to save some money. You should be able to get all of the parts sprayed professionally for around or under $400.


edit: you can also get additional lower fairings for the bash plate on ebay in case you are interested, get these sprayed at the same time as the other parts if you get them.
 

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Didn't get around to wrapping the parts, as they where a little trickier than I thought but I will tackle them later.

Given I don't know what I'm doing on a bike properly yet, I figured the best way to put my newly acquired youtube researched "how to ride a bike" knowledge to the test. It was a lot of fun and didn't have any "moments" which was nice, but I did feel like I was going about 20kph slower than I was when I was below 95-100 when the wind pressure would build up.

I planned out a lovely 160km trip across some fun roads I take the racecar and road car out on... The Aucklanders will probably know sh16 and Woodcocks road.

I found out two things figured out...

1) The bmw g310r is much much slower than most cars I've driven down those roads - mainly because i don't know what I'm doing and the bike can't reach the speeds we tend to average on the car drives... I see me wanting a larger bike for fun rides in the near future, but keep the bmw for commuting on.

2) the bike is stupidly good on gas... Only used $12 nzd for the trip, the last time I took my wife's car (Peugeot RCZ) for the same drive it was $60.

Auckland is known for having 4 seasons in a single day and today was no different, a mix of rain, sun, clouds, warm, cold... So got my first taste of rain riding, and its not as bad as many people make it out to be.

Well for having the bike and my licence for roughly 2 weeks now, I'm still enjoying it.
 

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Hey mate, sounds like you’re enjoying the bike.
Before you get too far down the track, can I suggest you get yourself on a Ride Forever course if you haven’t already? I did the first one (Bronze) last month, only cost $20 for a full day, well worth your time.
 

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Hey mate, sounds like you’re enjoying the bike.
Before you get too far down the track, can I suggest you get yourself on a Ride Forever course if you haven’t already? I did the first one (Bronze) last month, only cost $20 for a full day, well worth your time.
Yeah that was the plan for next month, I wanted to get some experience on the bike and get use to it first before doing it.
 

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(= Dirtdevil ???) welcome to the forum.

I was intriged by "The bmw g310r is much much slower than most cars I've driven down those roads"
Yes you are right, on a long and straight road the bike is slower.
Once you go on the winding roads ………………. you can win !

I understood you don't have a motocycle license for a long time.
Get a motorcycle training and learn how to operate a motorcycle on the road in a safe (and swift) way.
You learn everytime you get out but do not learn the wrong things.

Stay safe.
 

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(= Dirtdevil ???) welcome to the forum.

I was intriged by "The bmw g310r is much much slower than most cars I've driven down those roads"
Yes you are right, on a long and straight road the bike is slower.
Once you go on the winding roads ………………. you can win !
Yeah, my friends got me the personalised plate years ago for my 21st. It's kinda stuck with me as a forum username.

It will be interesting to see if I get to the point of being able to carry the same corner speeds on tarmac b roads. I was always under the impression that bikes had slower corner speeds, but higher braking and acceleration rates which equalised the performance on a point to point trip/race.

I've got a bunch of friends that ride and race motorcycles and they are taking good care of me, as I said the additional training is on the cards for next month. And although I'm comparing my current understanding of my motorcycle riding performance, I am very much in learner mode and not pushing it.
 

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1) The bmw g310r is much much slower than most cars I've driven down those roads - mainly because i don't know what I'm doing and the bike can't reach the speeds we tend to average on the car drives... I see me wanting a larger bike for fun rides in the near future, but keep the bmw for commuting on.
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Er, well....... another possible way of looking at this is that you may drive a car too fast.................. >:) :wink2:

<snip> I am very much in learner mode and not pushing it.<snip>
Its always a good approach to have - even when you don't consider yourself a learner anymore.

Not pushing it means staying within the limits of your ability, the bikes ability, the road conditions and weather conditions, other drivers ability, and the list probably goes on.

Do watch yourself on the roads out in West Auckland, in places they are changing day by day with cavernous pot holes opening up, subsidences that will throw you off your line if you happen to miss seeing it - Fulton Hogan come and fix potholes by bunging a bit of hotmix in them, which breaks up again in a couple of days (sigh). There are some dreadful stretches around my normal routes that I have talked to Auckland Transport engineers about to get them fixed - their reply being that there are worse elsewhere that have priority........ Watch out for the green moss growing on the sections of roads which don't see sunlight this time of year too, it's not very grippy........
 

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Er, well....... another possible way of looking at this is that you may drive a car too fast..................
Haha maybe, maybe not... And it's not all the time, pretty boring driver 90% of the time.

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Do watch yourself on the roads out in West Auckland, in places they are changing day by day with cavernous pot holes opening up, subsidences that will throw you off your line if you happen to miss seeing it - Fulton Hogan come and fix potholes by bunging a bit of hotmix in them, which breaks up again in a couple of days (sigh). There are some dreadful stretches around my normal routes that I have talked to Auckland Transport engineers about to get them fixed - their reply being that there are worse elsewhere that have priority........ Watch out for the green moss growing on the sections of roads which don't see sunlight this time of year too, it's not very grippy........
Yeah, I haven't been out scenic drive yet, I was thinking about that this weekend. But I'm pretty aware of the moss out that way. I'm pretty use to unpredictable road conditions, I do a lot of gravel road driving and particularly in winter there is a lot of unexpected clay patches and pot holes... A lot of that alertness of the road and roadside has transition over to riding.

Decided to give lane spliting this morning a try on the way to work, as I left later than normal and got stuck in traffic on the motorway. It was pretty good and ended up lane spliting the whole motorway on the way home today to bad traffic.

It was one of the things I was a little nervous about trying.
 

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Did a nice short ride with a friend along the hills out west in Auckland (scenic drive) it was a nice 60km ride but did get a sensation a few times where it felt the tyre was moving in the sidewall like a car tyre when flat... It was happening on conerner entry and exit, so not sure what's going on as the tyre is fine.

I've also developed a lovely rattle somewhere in the front so I'm checking good old spanner check of the whole bike to see what it is...

I also decided to play with the preload as I'm 6'2 and 115kg (250ish lbs), I figure I'm basically equal to a normal weight person with load so I set it to stage 4 as per the manual. I'm gonna try and go one the bmw riders club ride to Raglen and back which is about 320ish km return trip.

Should be fun to see how I last on the ride tomorrow.
 

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Adjusting the preload made a nice difference to the feel of the bike on the 380 odd km I racked up. Felt a lot more stable on the road.

We ended up swinging by Bridal Vail Falls also, with all the rain recently the area is basically in flood condition so the falls looked awesome. https://youtu.be/4yuljHN4gQQ

I've put just over 1000 km on the bike now, so ran around the dealers for the first service cost and all said roughly $300nzd (205 usd).

I thought I fixed the rattle but it's come back during the ride so I'll get them to look at the service and ask about the recall on the kickstand.
 

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I've put just over 1000 km on the bike now, so ran around the dealers for the first service cost and all said roughly $300nzd (205 usd).

I thought I fixed the rattle but it's come back during the ride so I'll get them to look at the service and ask about the recall on the kickstand.
My first service cost about $250 (NZ) at Cyclespot last year. I just had my second service at 11000 km by them also, cost was $328 (NZ) - which includes changing the brake fluid. So hopefully you will come out closer to the $250 mark.

There's a few buzzy rattly type noise you can get at times - one seems to be in and around the dash panel, and many owners here have experienced it. When you hear the noise, put your left hand on the dash and see if it stops. Another one I found on mine was that the left mirror glass had got loose around its rim in the mirror body, easily fixed with a bit of ultra clear epoxy to stop it rattling.

How did the big ride to Raglan go?
 

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The ride to Raglen was good. It was good to see how the bike went on longer trips and it was fine. I did have to make sure I was in the right gear to make sure I wasn't bogged down from the lack of power the bigger bikes had. But all in all it was fun.

Yeah, I was told 280 to 320 for service and cyclespot and 300 for the service at experience. I'll be booking it in next week and I'll also ask abiut the recall too. I noticed I'm missing a couple things from my tool kit like the screwdriver and fuses.

For brake fluid, the TRD racing brake fluid is rebranded Motul RBF600, and it's half the price. I get it from Toyota North Shore for the racecar.

On my growing list of motorbike firsts I can now tick off almost getting taken out properly by a car, emergency braking, and accident (kinda).

I was rather tired when I got home and didn't realise the kickstand wasn't locked in place so as I was getting off and lowering thr bike onto the stand, I ended up falling partly over and put my shoulder through the garage wall... My wife came down and had a good laugh at me. Haha

No damage to the bike, do that's good.
 

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