BMW C 400 X

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BMW motorcycle are now given names just numbers and letters. So when I found out about the BMW C 400 X I assumed that that it would be another conventional LAMS/Commuter motorcycle, of course I was wrong. The C400X is a scooter class motorcycle!

In terms looks the C 400X is a look looking futuristic motorcycle and as a scooter it is more than just a city or suburban cruiser or run about. All the mechanicals are hidden under carefully shaped plastic that has clues of BMW’s adventure  motorcycle in the windshield and uneven lights. I think it’s one of the best and more unique looking scooters.

In terms of specifications the C400X has a powerful single cylinder 400cc engine that produces almost as much torque as the traditional LAMS sports styled motorcycles like the Ninja 400 although the BMW is down on power. The C400X is a surprising heavy weight at 200kgs which curbs it’s on road performance. Apart from the engine the instrument panel being introduced on all it’s models is worthy of a mention as it’s basically a small tablet and has connectivity to your smartphone for not only the basics of speed and distance but GPS navigation, tyre pressures, music and phone. Sure these things a basic functionality in cars but this is a first for a motorcycle and indeed a scooter.

Is the BMW C 400X any good? Yes, probably when it is finally released later in 2018 and I can safely say it’s one of the most advanced scooters ever sold. The price for the C 400 X hasn’t been announced yet but logically it will probably be under $10,000AUD since the older 650 version is priced just under $15,000AUD. One can wish for a $7000 price tag which would  be tempting considering the spec. Hmmm Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs BME C 400 X would be interesting as they would be the same price! However not all is good, the only problem with the C 400 X is whether you good on it and based on what I’ve seen, probably not.

KBMW C 400 X Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 350cc
Power/Torque: 25 Kw @7500 RPM 35 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 204 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 12 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 775 mm
Dimensions: L2210 x W835 x H1305
Recommended Retail Price: $TBA (2018)

 

2017 BMW G 310 GS

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BMW G 310 GS

I’m interrupting my travel focused posts for November 2016 for the latest motorcycle release news. Welcome to the BMW G 310 GS information/news/specification page!

Due for world wide release in 2017 the new G 310 GS  adventure motorcycle, this is one of the smallest BMW motorcycles and joins the it twin the G 310 R road going version. The G 310 GS is clearly designed to look like the smaller version of the R 12000 GS without the trade mark side horizontal pods and single sided swing arm. This is clearly an oversight and probably for the sake of cost reduction. Most manufacturer use interchangeable parts anyway for the sake of cost so BMW should have just said that. On the surface and in isolation the G 310 GS does indeed look like a GS but side by side in the showroom it does not.

Bearing in mind this is a 313cc engine so you can’t expect high performance especially without revving it – completely unlike a real GS.  Personally you can’t really call any motorcycle a GS or claim to be related to the R 1200GS without the pods or shaft drive and a single sided swing arm else it is cynical marketing ploy it truly degrades the GS brand. The G 310 GS should really have been called the Funduro eg. G 310 F in line with BMW’s cheaper off road brand.

So apart from the biggest problem with the BMW G 310 GS model being a marketing exercise it looks like a decent entry level or learner friendly motorcycle. Yes, the G 310 GS will be LAMS approved. The recommended Australian price for the BMW G 310GS is a very reasonably under $6000 excluding on road costs. It is the cheapest BMW ever (2016). Not many real reviews yet so I present the known specifications for your assessment!

BMW G 310 GS Key Specifications (2017)
Engine: 2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 313cc
Power/Torque: Approx 25 Kw @ 9500 RPM 128 Nm @ 7500 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 169 kg Lxxx X Wxxx X Hxxxx mm
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 830mm
Dimensions: L2040 X W789 X H1054 mm
Wheels: 110-80-19F 150-50-17R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $5800 AUD (2017)