The BMW G310R is a compact and powerful motorcycle that has gained popularity among riders around the world. With its sleek design, impressive performance, and advanced features, the G310R stands out in the competitive market. In this blog post, we will provide an in-depth review of the BMW G310R, highlighting its key features, performance, and overall riding experience.
- 1 THE BMW G 310 R CHALLENGE YOUR CITY
- 2 BMW G 310 R: Development
- 3 BMW G 310 R: The Bike
- 4 BMW G 310 R: Open Road
- 5 BMW G 310 R: Engine
- 6 BMW G 310 R: Track session
- 7 Slicing and dicing
- 8 Make Riding a Lifetime?
- 9 Design and Styling
- 10 Engine and Performance
- 11 Handling and Ride Quality
- 12 Technology and Features
- 13 Fuel Efficiency
- 14 Comfort and Ergonomics
- 15 Safety Features
- 16 Maintenance and Reliability
- 17 Pricing and Availability
- 18 Conclusion
THE BMW G 310 R CHALLENGE YOUR CITY
Wake up with a smile on your face because every day is an opportunity to try something new with the BMW G 310 R. This complete package has everything you need and now comes with a modern daytime running light. It offers an intuitive and agile ride, thanks to the optimized engine with Ride by Wire and anti-hopping clutch. Whether you are heading to work, an appointment, or leaving the city, you can experience the maneuverability, easy handling, and sportiness of the G 310 R. Use it to push your boundaries every single day – in other words, simply put:
BMW G 310 R: Development
The press event for the launch was hosted by Andreas Lundgren, BMW Motorrad Australia’s General Manager, and Nigel Harvey, its marketing manager. During the event, I received an introduction to the bike and learned about BMW’s target market for it.
Andreas emphasized that the G 310 R is a “very important” bike for the brand because it marks BMW’s entry into a new segment where it hasn’t competed before.
He also acknowledged that the G 310 R may not excel in any one area individually, but it is the combination of its parts that makes the bike special.
Furthermore, the company isn’t making much profit from the bike, as it is competitively priced at $5,790 plus on-road costs.
Nigel played a marketing video (the one featured above) that promotes a modern, youthful ideology for the brand, which the G 310 R represents.
Nigel made the comment that BMW Motorrad hasn’t spoken to this customer before, so its marketing material is different from what we have come to expect from the brand.
He introduced the G 310 R as an “economical entry into the BMW range.”
He also said the bike has been built for a global market, so it has gone through an extensive testing process, ensuring that the one-size-fits-all approach works.
BMW Motorrad has been developing the G 310 R with the Indian-based production plant, TVS, since April 2013.
The bike was initially intended to arrive late last year, but BMW quality controllers weren’t completely satisfied, so it was pushed back six months to ensure an excellent product goes to market.
BMW G 310 R: The Bike
As we are taken through the ins and outs of the bike, the standout feature is, firstly, the evocative style. However, there are a few other things that captivate my attention.
The cylinder head is reversed, so the exhaust header comes out of the back of the engine. This means that the air intake faces forward and allows easier access to the mixture.
BMW’s 180-degree head increases both performance and handling. This engine design is not solely focused on performance; it also promotes better handling. The 180-degree head allows the engine to be tilted backwards, which means it can be placed further forward in the frame, resulting in more weight over the front wheel and, therefore, better handling.
As a by-product of this engineering, BMW was also able to lengthen the swingarm to create more stability.
BMW Motorrad claims that the G 310 R has the best fuel economy in its category, at 3.3L/100km.
It also claims respectable performance figures of 34 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and 28 Newton-metres of torque at 7,500 rpm. These figures are impressive for a 313cc single-cylinder engine aimed at younger learners and returning riders.
Its appearance is appealing, partly due to its mature, stripped-down styling, which gives it the appearance of a larger motorcycle. The generous tire size, longer swingarm, and sharp steering angle also contribute to this effect. It resembles a more grown-up version of the S 1000 R.
Upon closer inspection, the bike’s running gear is impressive. The 40mm gold upside-down forks and the 45-degree progressively wound rear shock, both made by Kayaba, are high-quality components. The radially-mounted four-piston front caliper, manufactured by Bybre, is also noteworthy. In addition, the bike features two-channel ABS and a large 300mm front rotor.
I turn on the ignition to examine the instrument panel, and I find that the information is well-organized. The inclusion of a gear position indicator and a fuel range readout is greatly appreciated.
BMW offers the G 310 R in three color options: Strato Blue Metallic, Cosmic Black, and Pearl White Metallic.
While it certainly works in person, the overall build quality is good but not at the same level as the German-built BMWs. That’s not a huge issue for me; the price point makes it unachievable.
My concern at this stage is whether the bike works on a larger scale, as Lundgren said. Will the sharper steering geometry truly work with the front-end weight bias, or will the bike feel a bit too twitchy for learners at low speeds?
BMW G 310 R: Cityscape Time to ride. I swing a leg over the bike and place my hands on the handlebars. I’m pleasantly surprised. As a taller (and heavier) guy, the static seating position and rear spring feel remarkably satisfying. I look around and notice that it seems to fit most shapes and sizes in the mostly male convoy as well. I can see plenty through the rear-view mirrors, which is another approval.
The G 310 R has a great riding position: upright seating, slightly bent elbows, and no weight on the wrists.
As we ride out of town, my initial concern with the front end is diminishing. It steers really well. I start to wonder how it will handle at higher speeds. The track session later in the afternoon will be a good opportunity to test it out…
In slow speed riding conditions, I think it may take a learner rider (with no experience) a day or two to build their confidence with the quicker steering, but that time in the saddle, focusing on technique, will pay off tenfold. The reward is extremely good handling, and it’s noticed when you flick it from side to side, like when you go around roundabouts. However, I concede it may not be to all learners’ tastes, at least initially.
Build your skills on the G 310 R, and I think it has the potential to turn a learner rider into a formidable motorcyclist, passing the practical part of the P-plate test with flying colors. To me, it feels like it’s been made for carving up the hustle and bustle, and it wouldn’t be out of place in the twisties either.
BMW G 310 R: Open Road
Leaving Airlie Beach provides a great opportunity to test out the gearbox. As the speed limits increase, it feels okay, and it will get better with a few more kilometers under its belt. I was really happy with the suspension in suburbia, and I’m still content with how it performs under more duress. The rear could do with a bit more preload to account for my weight, but the roads up here are quite good. There’s no burning desire to adjust it. The front forks are firmer than expected, but they’re compliant. Only mid-corner bumps upset it slightly. I can’t see that it will trouble many learner riders.
BMW G 310 R: Engine
Being built for a worldwide market means BMW has compromised the bike’s capacity from a Western perspective. It has decided to go with a machine under 650cc in capacity to cater to the Asian, Indian, South American (and European to a lesser extent) markets, while still being relevant to Australian riders bound by LAMS regulations.
The 313cc single-cylinder engine spins up quickly, and the power it produces throughout the low to mid-range is one of the bike’s strengths.
Feed it gears, and the Beemer’s usable torque will continue to reward you by getting in front of traffic, where you’ll stay until the highway.
A lack of outright horsepower means the bike is down on top speed, giving it a tendency to sign off early, soon after peak torque has been reached, but it’s still good for 140km/h plus – well over any learner’s speed limit.
Although it was capable, I felt a bit sadistic whipping the G 310 R into submission, and vibrations through the handlebars, seat, and pegs were a good indication that the engine was starting to complain.
That’s not the point of it, though. I watched in awe as a former world superbike rider fried up a few doughnuts and power-slid the bike over some of the Whitsunday’s most beautiful sand. That’s what this bike enables you to do: hang with others, get away from the norm, and have lots of fun.
BMW G 310 R: Track session
Taking BMW’s newest learner bike outside of its comfort zone for the afternoon didn’t completely make sense to me, but I’ll admit just how wrong I was…
Marketing material shows young people in suburbia: laughing, skating, shooting the breeze, and enjoying each other’s company as its target market.
Bike journalists are worlds apart from that, so riding the bike to a skatepark to spend the afternoon doing kickflips, acid drops, and other exercises of a long-haired yahoo would have been more suitable for marketing the bike, but it would have been a pointless (but hilarious) exercise for grown men and women.
However, we all enjoy the social side of the equation that the G 310 R offers, so we all have plenty in common with said yahoos. It’s just that we get our kicks at the track. I think anyone can relate to that.
BMW decided to send us to a motard track in Proserpine to spend the afternoon. I questioned its choice because it leaves the potential to put off the intended audience, who may overlook leather-clad power rangers in knee-down track images as simply more mainstream motorcycling nonsense…
…almost knee-down track image! However, the afternoon did achieve something very valuable besides testing out the new G 310 R… Fun and camaraderie. Fun is one of those universal languages, you’re either having it or you’re not. And we were having LOTS of it, together.
The group of journalists at the launch would have conceivably ridden every motorcycle ever produced in the last 30 years. I reckon if we can all enjoy ourselves immensely at the track on a small-capacity learner bike, I’ve got no doubt anyone can, wherever it may be.
Slicing and dicing
A few things made the afternoon so enjoyable. One is that we were all riding the same bike, and the other is that the track was short, tight, and technical.
BMW Marketing Manager Nigel Harvey set the agenda for the first session. Take it easy for a couple of laps, and keep it in third gear. When it came time to up the pace, I kept it in third gear except for the straight where I briefly changed to fourth.
The exercise really showed off the capability of the engine and handling characteristics. The speeds are comparable to public roads, and the G 310 R was in its tractable 3,500-7,500 rev range. The chassis makes for agile riding as it’s confidently leaned over to places where most learners dream.
I have absolutely no qualms about recommending this bike in terms of how it handles to younger learners or older returners alike. Although I still haven’t given the Bybre brakes a good squeeze, so I still need to find out how well it stops, and I’ll get to that harrowingly exciting moment shortly.
As soon as I feel like I’ve got the track layout sorted, I come in for a quick breather. Nigel Harvey from BMW comes in soon after. I’d been watching him mix it up with a few others, and it looked like he was having the time of his life.
Initially, I found overtaking quite difficult, but as I watched Nigel and a few other more experienced riders circulate, I noticed they kind of ‘forced’ their way through the pack.
As I was one of the less experienced track riders, my strategy was to err on the side of caution with passing opportunities, and it made for an epic moment, especially with Chris Pickett, the previous editor of Cycle Torque, who was there working for another publication.
Make Riding a Lifetime?
My experience riding BMW’s G 310 R has been pretty impressive. On the spec sheet, it isn’t the best bike in any one area. In typical BMW fashion, it is not until you look at the sum of its parts that it all adds up.
That being said, I don’t think you can easily jump from this bike straight to an S 1000 R and get the most out of it by the time you turn 21, given the amount of training your state government requires for you to be a fully-licensed motorcyclist. However, if you find yourself exploring the full potential of the G 310 R or plan to do some track-based training with your new S, well, that’s a different story. I reckon a more suitable option from the BMW stable would currently be something like the R nineT.
Both of those bikes command relatively premium prices compared to the mighty 310, and it’s something BMW might need to figure out in the not too distant future to keep their new customers buying bikes from Bavaria.
As BMW’s first genuine learner machine under 650cc, all of the important things are there. The bike is a solid contender in the 300-400cc category. It offers a starting point into BMW ownership, which used to start around 30 to 40, and brings it down to 17.
Design and Styling
The BMW G310R features a sporty and aggressive design that instantly grabs attention. Its sharp lines, muscular fuel tank, and compact proportions give it a unique and dynamic appearance. The bike is available in a range of vibrant colors that further enhance its visual appeal. The G310R also incorporates high-quality materials and finishes, making it a true reflection of BMW’s craftsmanship.
Engine and Performance
Equipped with a 313cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, the BMW G310R delivers impressive power and performance. This engine produces a maximum power output of 34 horsepower and a torque of 28 Nm, giving riders a thrilling experience on the road. The G310R boasts a top speed of around 143 km/h, making it suitable for both city commuting and occasional highway rides.
Handling and Ride Quality
The G310R offers excellent handling and maneuverability, thanks to its lightweight chassis and balanced weight distribution. Riders will appreciate the bike’s nimble nature, allowing them to easily navigate through crowded city streets or twisty mountain roads. The suspension setup is well-tuned, providing a comfortable ride while maintaining stability even on uneven surfaces.
Technology and Features
BMW has equipped the G310R with a range of advanced technologies and features to enhance the overall riding experience. The bike features a fully digital instrument cluster that provides riders with essential information such as speed, fuel level, and gear position. Additionally, the G310R comes with an optional anti-lock braking system (ABS) for added safety and confidence on the road.
In addition to its performance capabilities, the BMW G310R also offers impressive fuel efficiency. With a claimed fuel consumption of around 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers, riders can enjoy longer rides without worrying about frequent fuel stops. The G310R’s efficient engine and aerodynamic design contribute to its excellent fuel economy, making it an economical choice for daily commuting.
Comfort and Ergonomics
Despite its sporty design, the G310R offers a comfortable riding position for both short commutes and longer rides. The well-padded seat provides ample support, and the ergonomics have been carefully designed to reduce rider fatigue. The handlebars are positioned within easy reach, allowing for a relaxed and natural riding posture.
BMW prioritizes rider safety, and the G310R is no exception. The optional anti-lock braking system (ABS) ensures optimal braking performance, even in emergency situations. The bike also features powerful headlights that provide excellent visibility, allowing riders to see and be seen in all conditions. Additionally, the G310R’s lightweight construction and agile handling contribute to its overall safety.
Maintenance and Reliability
BMW motorcycles are known for their reliability, and the G310R is no different. Regular maintenance, such as oil changes and chain lubrication, will ensure the bike’s longevity and optimal performance. BMW has an extensive service network, making it convenient for owners to access authorized dealerships and service centers for any repairs or maintenance needs.
Pricing and Availability
The BMW G310R is competitively priced, making it an attractive option for riders looking for a premium motorcycle without breaking the bank. The bike is available at authorized BMW dealerships worldwide, ensuring easy accessibility for enthusiasts. Potential buyers can also explore financing options and special promotions offered by BMW to make owning a G310R more affordable.
In conclusion, the BMW G310R is a powerful and stylish motorcycle that offers an exhilarating riding experience. With its impressive performance, advanced features, and attention to detail, the G310R stands out among its competitors. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, the G310R is sure to satisfy your cravings for speed, style, and reliability. Visit your nearest BMW dealership to test ride this exceptional machine and experience the thrill for yourself.