BMW Motorrad joins the beginner-friendly ranks with its G 310 R street bike ($4995 including destination charge). Announced as a globally available motorcycle last fall, the 310 now makes its way Stateside as a 2018 model (arriving at BMW dealerships in June, 2017). And for those seeking a more utilitarian small displacement BMW, it will be soon offering its G310GS.
With a ready to ride curb weight of 349 pounds paired with a 30.9-inch seat height, this BMW is a motorcycle that virtually anyone can ride, man or woman, short or tall. An even lower seat option is available as an OE accessory, as is one with more support for those that plan on racking up the odometer. Equipped with a passenger seat and pegs, a friend can tag along too.
Engineered in Munich, Germany but manufactured in southern India, as the nomenclature indicates this G bike is powered by a fuel-sipping water-cooled 313cc four-stroke Single with a four-valve head and dual overhead camshafts. Fuel economy is rated at 71 mpg, and fuel capacity is 2.9 gallons.
Contrary to many motorcycles, the intake and exhaust systems are flipped-flopped to further increase center of gravity and to allow for a longer swingarm, says BMW. It also gives a cleaner appearance since there’s no exhaust header protruding from forward portion of the belly.
Power is transferred through a manual six-speed transmission and cable-actuated clutch. A chain final drive turns the 17-inch cast aluminum back wheel. This set-up is highly conventional for a motorcycle and keeps things easy for both riders and non-riders to grasp. It also reduces weight and mechanical complexity.
BMW states that the engine produces 34 horsepower at 9500 rpm and torque is rated at 21 lb-ft at 7500 revs. Top speed is listed at 90 mph.
Suspension and brakes also appear similar to what you’d find on premium sport BMW motorbikes with an inverted fork and coil-spring shock. Each end gives over five-inches of travel. Vehicle speed is kept in check with a pair of hydraulic disc brakes complemented with ABS— taking a bit of guess work out of the equation when applying brakes.
But what’s it like to ride? Stay tuned for a Riders Domain First Test, including video commentary on Tuesday, December 13.