BMW G310 R/GS Forum banner

1 - 20 of 67 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Local dealer here in Oregon had one temporarily on display, apparently travelling the circuit to multiple dealerships. It is leaving next week.
The good news...
It is really nice looking. Compared to the other Indian built bikes (Royal Enfields and KTM 390), the fit and finish are FAR superior. Paint work is perfect. This was the white one. The stock seat height fit my 30" inseam fine. Comfortable sitting position, overall smaller than I expected, though.
The bad news....
Salesman says he doesn't expect availability until November, as 2018 models, but will appear with the GS at same time. I will keep checking tho, he says we may be surprised by earlier release, but not expected.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
254 Posts
WHAT?!!! Where in Oregon are you, JACoH? I'm down in Ashland, and my dealer in Medford hasn't clued me in to any appearances. But I'd be willing to travel to wherever in Oregon I can go to see one in the flesh.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
Hey, I also saw one in the flesh today and got to sit on it at The Motorcycle Show in Toronto. Amazing build and quality. The BMW guys said the one at the show is a European version but there are only minor differences in the NA one. Very comfortable bike. I already have my deposit down on the bike. It will arrive in May.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
The one I sat on in Eugene dropped an inch or 2 by feel, didn't really notice. I am 150 lbs, but not a reliable feel because I have a giant plastic boot on my left leg.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
254 Posts
What minor differences are there between the NA version and the Euro version? I assume it has something to do with emissions?
Since these bikes adhere to the EU4 emissions standards, which are more stringent than anything we have here in N.A., my guess is that the differences don't have anything to do with emissions. But who know what bureaucratic hurdles BMW has to overcome in various markets?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
486 Posts
November is so far away and by the time the g310r goes on sale, it'll be winter. But then again I'm not sure what the winter temperatures in Oregon are like. It'll be good for those who live in warmer climates.

when you say small, are you talking about the seat height?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
254 Posts
Grrrrr. I confirmed with the dealer in Eugene that the bike will be there until tomorrow (Thursday) for sure, and possibly until Saturday. But it's snowing here as I type this, and is supposed to be wintry through the weekend, and there are three mountain passes between here and Eugene... :mad:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
577 Posts
Some people even ride right up until the roads start getting salted, once salt touches the ground that's usually when they call it quits and that's a fair approach.

That being the case we should see some people ride around for a bit. the smart ones will wait till it nice again outside, no point burning away those warranty months.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
November is so far away and by the time the g310r goes on sale, it'll be winter. But then again I'm not sure what the winter temperatures in Oregon are like. It'll be good for those who live in warmer climates.

when you say small, are you talking about the seat height?
Normal winters here in my part of Oregon are pretty mild, just rainy and 40-50 F, rarely do we get more than and inch or two of snow. BUT, this year we are getting ice storms and freezing. And we do have a few mountain passes that require chains, but I'm in a long valley. Woodworks wants to travel here to see the bike, but has those passes to cross, and weather folks are threatening snow in the next day or two.

I meant size overall, the bike jsut seems smaller than expected from all the pics and videos. Seat height fit me fine, but physically the bike reminded me more of a 250-300 size, WAIT, it is a 300! Never mind.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
707 Posts
Being physically smaller will give the g310r an advantage when it comes to maneuverability for new riders like me, makes it easier to flick from side to side. Hopefully I'll have a chance to sit on one soon and see if I can flat foot on one, if I can easily do so then that would mean the GS seat height should fit me too.

Grrrrr. I confirmed with the dealer in Eugene that the bike will be there until tomorrow (Thursday) for sure, and possibly until Saturday. But it's snowing here as I type this, and is supposed to be wintry through the weekend, and there are three mountain passes between here and Eugene... :mad:
Maybe the poor weather will stop the g310r from leaving the dealer. :grin2:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
349 Posts
Once it's smaller and actually sized like a 250-300cc it should be good. Weight wise it doesn't seem that bad either which is great for being nimble and flicking. Can't wait to get out and sit on one just to confirm. Feet placement is going to be a big thing for me, especially being a new rider.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
254 Posts
As JACoH mentioned, BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon in Eugene, Oregon has a G310R in their showroom for a few days. And though we've had a spell of snowy weather, we got a little break today, so I hitched up the dog sled and mushed up there, where I got to spend some time with the bike, examining it thoroughly, sitting on it, looking underneath the seat, fiddling with the switches and info display, and peppering the salesman with questions. The engine was disabled, unfortunately, so I didn’t get to start it.

I have no interest in the R, just the GS. So I was only interested in the stuff that’s the same on both bikes: engine, switch gear, info display, and a few other things that are similar, like the forks, brakes and suspension.

I’m 5’ 10” (178 cm), have a 32” inseam (81 cm), and weigh 180 lbs. (82 kg). I could flat foot the bike easily, but the riding position didn’t feel cramped at all. The bike felt really light. I could straddle it and rock it back and forth easily and securely without holding the handlebars. It looks small, but it didn’t feel small, if that makes sense. The riding position felt all-day comfortable. And though the clutch and brake levers aren’t adjustable, they fell right into place for my hands.

It has a quality appearance. There are no obvious cheap bits, except maybe the brake light/license plate proboscis. I bet someone comes up with fender eliminator for that real quick. And you can tell that they didn’t spend a lot of money on the seat, either. It was a little narrow for me, and unless the GS’s seat is a serious upgrade from the R, I bet most riders who will want to use these bikes for longer tours are going to be upgrading that first.

But the rest of it looks like a “real” BMW. Fit and finish was excellent. The info panel is sharp and easy to read, even in bright light. The mirrors were well positioned for me. And the frame looks robust.

Under the seat is a surprisingly complete tool kit in a pouch in it’s own little cavity. There are enough tools in the little pouch to adjust the shock preload, do motel parking lot oil changes, remove the wheels, loosen/tighten fasteners, etc. I’d want to have some things like a tire plugging kit, but the basics are there. Also under the seat are the battery and ABS controller, fuse box, and some spare fuses. And the owner’s manual is in another pouch that slides into a slot in the bottom of seat itself.

I had read that the switchgear looked cheap. But it didn’t seem cheap to me.

I do think that the position of the master cylinder is going to make it difficult to fit third-party hand guards, though.

The R has a fairly robust little plastic radiator protector, which should help prevent damage from the odd tire-flung rock. But that oil filter and starter motor look pretty exposed.

Photos I’ve seen of the GS show that it’s missing that protector, but it has a much longer front fender, and an overlapping bash plate, which should do a better job of shielding the fragile bits. And the sides of the radiator are better protected on the GS as well.

There are two bosses each on either side of the engine case, which I assume could be used to mount some engine protection bars. Their diameter looks a little thin, though, so if I were considering installing some bars, I’d want them to be the “sacrificial” kind, and give a little rather than remain rigid and possibly crack the engine case.

Also a little fragile looking are the barely recessed bolts that hold the sump guard. They have rubber spacers, so they do have some give. But I wouldn’t be banging that thing into any rocks.

Anyway, I came away pretty impressed, with my interest in the GS undiminished. I’d love to get a close-up look at it sometime soon.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
Lovely little write up WoodWorks, thanks very much! I am so hoping my dealer has the bikes in tomorrow, like they promised at the beginning of the month.
I seen the BMW guys out a couple of days ago on the new R nineT Racer and Scramblers with trade plates on. Guessing they were PDI'ing them before the test ride open day tomorrow! Lovely looking bikes they are too!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
What minor differences are there between the NA version and the Euro version? I assume it has something to do with emissions?
The only cosmetic difference was the LED turn signals are standard on Euro. They are an option that you can purchase for the NA version.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
291 Posts
That's not too bad. LED turn signals and what not will be available aftermarket as well so I would probably wait for other options before pulling the trigger on em'
 
1 - 20 of 67 Posts
Top