The 2017 BMW G310GS offers moderate power, good build quality, a relaxed riding position and go-almost-anywhere capability, and will probably be priced reasonably
BMW had unveiled the G310R streetbike in November last year, which they will soon start manufacturing in India. The bike has been designed in collaboration with Indian two-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motor. And now, there's the new BMW G310GS, which the German company has unveiled at EICMA, in Milan. Despite the 'GS' tag, the G310GS isn't a serious off-road machine of course. Instead, it's a versatile streetbike, designed to be nimble and agile in city traffic, while remaining capable of handling a bit of rough terrain / bad roads every once in a while. The baby GS' upright seating position, 19-inch front wheel, relatively long-travel suspension and a short wheelbase ensure that third-world roads won't bother it one bit.
Like its G310R sibling, the new BMW G310GS is powered by a 313cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine. The engine is unique in that it's tilted to the rear, with the cylinder head rotated by 180 degrees - intake at the front, exhaust at the rear. According to BMW, "this configuration follows the logic of a straight, power-enhancing supply of fresh air-fuel mixture and also has positive consequences in terms of the bike’s architecture." In any case, the single's output of 34bhp and 28Nm of torque should be adequate for hauling the bike's 169kg unladen weight, though perhaps only at a rather relaxed pace.
The BMW G310GS has a tubular-steel bridge-type spaceframe, 6-speed gearbox, an inverted fork, a relatively long swingarm for stability, 2-channel ABS as standard (which can be deactivated during off-road use) and an LCD instrument cluster. The bike rides on 17-inch (rear) and 19-inch (front) five-spoke die-cast light alloy wheels shod with 110/80 (front) and 150/70 (rear) tyres. A single 300mm brake disc with 4-piston caliper at the front, along with 240mm brake disc at the back handle stopping duties, while steel-wrapped brake lines ensures stable pressure levels. The bike offers a mileage figure of about 33kpl, while claimed top speed is 143kph.
BMW will offer a range of optional accessories for the G310GS, including low and high seats, hard and soft luggage, a centre stand, LED turn indicators, heated grips and GPS navigation system. The bike will be produced in Bangalore, India, by BMW's 'cooperation partner,' TVS Motor Company, and should be in BMW showrooms early next year. Should be an interesting proposition for those looking for a high-quality, well-engineered small-displacement bike with a relaxed riding position and go-almost-anywhere riding capabilities.