BMW G310R - Part 3 Review
BMW G310R - Part 2 Review
BMW G310R - Part 1 Review
By now, the BMW G310R should be no stranger to you. So highly anticipated was its announcement that aside from motorcycle enthusiasts, even non riders were intrigued. While its initial production did not proceed as seamlessly as many would have hoped, the delays turned out to be for the better.
That said, let us not delve into the past nor nitty-gritty details of what-ifs, and focus on the simple fact that this is a fantastic machine.
Known not just for their Adventure and Touring motorcycles, but also their range of Sport and Urban options, the G310 Series (G310R and G310GS) from BMW Motorrad was designed with not just beginners in mind, but also for those who want something easier to handle, maintain and own.
In a world fanatically absorbed with big numbers, the G310R naked-bike dials it down a notch and brings the pleasure of riding back to solid grounds. The newest BMW R1200GS for example, is packed to the brim with more technology than all the satellites orbiting our lonely planet, and is without doubt the best motorcycle to explore our lonely planet on. The G310R however, was not designed to be a watered-down version of its elder siblings, standing firmly on its own as an ideal daily-ridden.
Delivering a relatively humble 35hp and 28Nm of torque, this 313cc single-engine co-developed between BMW Motorrad Germany and TVS India will not win you races. That said, the engineers had gear ratio in mind, resulting in a pleasant balance. On the low and mid ends of the rev range, the G310R performs exceptionally well. Even on the higher end of things, the machine is able to propel itself forward with relative ease.
While the G310R has in typical BMW motorcycle fashion, a large exhaust at the rear, it isn't particular loud nor pleasant sounding at idle. It does however, offer a throaty bellow from between 4,000rpm to 6,000rpm. Continue twisting the throttle above 6,000rpm till its G-spot of 10,500rpm and you'll be rewarded with a symphonic-cacophony (yes, a bit of a juxtaposition but I'm certain you guys get it).
The one thing I absolutely love about the G310R is its handling capabilities. In all my short videos below, I could not stop praising its agility and maneuverability. The unique configuration of its engine, with its exhaust exiting from the rear instead of the conventional, allows for a more forward placing frame and thus an increased swing-arm length, 650mm to be specific. This equates to greater levels of dynamism and an enjoyable 50/50 weight distribution.
The large 41mm inverted-fork suspension system up front supplied by KYB soaks in the bumps even with aggressive directional changes and butt-repositioning, invoking confidence regardless of speeds.
BMW Motorrad Singapore was kind enough to pass me a brand new machine (7km on the clock when I picked it up) for five whole days, and having travelled over 320km, I would have personally preferred something with a tad more bite. Taking into consideration that proper bedding-in of new pads and rotors is needed, the Bybre brakes (entry level brand from Brembo) did however began to feel progressively more inspiring the more I rode it. ABS also comes as standard on all G310Rs, which was a life-saver for me during a ride in the thunderstorm when I had to apply emergency-brake on an expressway due to an accident on a blind corner.
Comfort, Ergonomics and Everything In-Between
There is however a fair bit of vibration, but this should already be expected from the single-cylinder engine. Thankfully, the wide sculpted seats absorbs much of this mild discomfort. Riding position is neutral, meaning stress-free and comfortable daily commutes.
The digital dash also provides all the important information you would need, such as engine temperature, trip meter, gear, speed, fuel, to name a few. I did not however, appreciate the small RPM bars, made worst by being situated at the bottom of the dash and not someplace more prominent.
On the note of things I did not appreciate... While the G310R comes fitted with rear LED lights, the headlights however are fitted with conventional halogen bulbs. Given how well built the bike is, BMW Motorrad should definitely reconsider this.
The entire package as a whole is such a good blend and balance, it probably sits in a class between where it is meant to be categorized and its higher-grade siblings.
Having spent five days with the G310R, I have to say that returning it feels no different from a break-up. It has left me feeling a little hollow on the insides. Time to break my piggy bank!