After our recent road test of the BMW G310R roadster (see Winter 2016, BMW Motorcycle Magazine) we remarked that we couldn’t wait for BMW to introduce a GS version. Well, we didn’t have to wait long. At the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy which starts on November 10, BMW will be introducing the G310GS to the public. Like the roadster before it, this new under-500cc GS was developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany but will be produced in Bangalore, India by the TVS Motor Company.
Similarities to the G310R include the same 313cc liquid cooled single cylinder which has been rotated 180 degrees and titled toward the rear compared to most other motorcycles to allow a straighter intake and exhaust path — intake in front and a exhaust exiting the rear. It produces 34 hp (25 kW) at 9,500 rpm and 21 ft-lbs (28 Nm) of torque at 7,500 rpm which is enough for a bike weighing just 374 pounds (169.5 kg). It’s “designed for the world market” which means it can run on varied fuel qualities and meets local emission requirements.
The tubular steel spaceframe with bolt-on rear section is the same as the roadster and the GS retains an upside-down fork. But unlike the roadster, the GS features extended spring travel (7.1″/180mm front and rear), a 19-inch front wheel and iconic BMW GS looks (like the high mounted front fender/beak). Two-channel ABS which can be deactivated for off-road activities and multifunction instrument cluster are standard.
We’ll have more details on the new G310GS in our next magazine issue. You can read BMW press release below or view the complete BMW G310GS photo gallery.
The new BMW G 310 GS – ready for everyday adventures.
As far as BMW Motorrad is concerned, GS is a promise – a promise of perfect functioning, reliability and robustness. The G310GS transfers these qualities to the below 500cc capacity segment, embracing them in its own distinctive, mature interpretation.
The G310GS is a genuine GS: a highly contemporary product with a level of versatility that is currently unrivalled in the segment. It is nimble and agile in city traffic while over light terrain it is supremely robust. This makes it the perfect companion for the adventures of everyday riding. Extremely compact yet mature and comfortable, the GS opens up a whole new world of riding experience within its segment. It is precisely this versatility that makes the G310GS unique in the entry-level segment.
Typical GS design.
The BMW G310GS can be identified as a genuine GS at first sight. With its characteristic, high front fender, striking flyline and short, high rear, the BMW G310GS features classic elements of its big GS sibling models. Its compact proportions with a short wheelbase, a 19-inch front wheel and extended spring travel make for a typical upright posture, promising an agile, nimble riding response.
Like the G310R, the G310GS is also designed for the world market. It takes diverse fuel qualities as well as meeting all emissions standards and local requirements. It is at home on all the roads of the world, bringing the hallmark BMW premium aspirations to the segment below 500 cc.
Innovative single-cylinder engine for dynamic riding fun and suitability for a broad range of uses worldwide.
The centrepiece of the new BMW G310GS is the 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine known from the G310R with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection. The capacity of 313 cc results from a bore of 80 millimetres and a stroke of 62.1 millimetres.
A salient feature of the single-cylinder engine in the G310GS is the fact that its cylinder is tilted to the rear and its cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees: intake at the front, outlet at the rear. 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. With an output of 25 kW (34 hp) at 9 500 rpm and a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7 500 rpm, the engine of the new G310GS is the ideal partner for dynamic riding pleasure, in conjunction with the low unladen weight of 169.5 kilograms according to DIN.
The new G310GS provides a relaxed seating position that enables carefree motorcycling pleasure both on the road and during excursions along forest paths and gravel tracks. As is characteristic of BMW Motorrad, all switches and controls are simple and secure to handle. Great importance was attached to simple and safe operation, taking into account the most diverse rider anatomies.
Bridge-type tubular spaceframe, upside-down fork and long swinging arm for a high degree of ride stability, a precise steering response and light handling.
In terms of its suspension, the new G310GS is similar to the G310R roadster in using a tubular steel spaceframe with bolt-on rear section that combines torsional rigidity with robust quality. Given its good stiffness balance, this provides the basis for excellent ride stability and a precise steering response. The front wheel suspension is taken care of by a solid upside-down fork while at the rear there is an aluminium swinging arm in conjunction with a spring strut that is mounted on it directly.
High-performance brake system, ABS as standard and multifunction instrument cluster.
Like all BMW motorcycles, the new G310GS comes with ABS as standard. It combines a high-performance brake system with 2-channel ABS for efficient deceleration and short braking distances. For use over light terrain the ABS in the new G310GS can be conveniently deactivated at the press of a button if required. The G310GS instrument cluster has a large liquid crystal display that offers excellent clarity and a wide range of information.
A genuine BMW.
Like the G310R, the G310GS represents everything that BMW stands for: progressiveness, outstanding quality and of course many years of carefree partnership with its owner. Excellent components and materials come together to make it a real all-rounder. The G310GS is the GS below 500 cc, providing worldwide entry to the premium world of BMW Motorrad.