2017 BMW G 310 GS

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)

BMW G 650 GS

BMW G 650 GS

The BMW G650 GS is essentially the only BMW motorcycle that can be bought in LAMS or learner friendly version in Australia. As usual yet another manufacturer tries to confuse us with different versions of the same bike. However unlike the majority of manufacturers BMW actually tells you how much power the engine produces as a LAMS vs full power version – top marks for that!

As a motorcycle the G650GS is the entry level for the brand and it’s not to be scoffed at! The trail bike/adventurer styling looks quite good but other manufacturers do better. Likewise the quality of the parts, which are nice but other brands do better. Added to that and unfortunately it comes at a higher price for not just a LAMS but in its class which is usual for BMW. Sorry to say BMW but you brand in cars does not translate to motorcycles.

In the end I don’t; think anyone will see the value in this model compared to other motorcycles in the both LAMS and in the adventure style class. In fact as I’ve done lately I recommend you checkout KTM’s range since they are in a bit of a resurgence and their latest motorcycle range is appealing on so many levels including price!

BMW G 650 GS Key Specifications
Engine:   Single cylinder DOHC 4-stroke EFI
Capacity:  652cc
Approx Power/Torque:  34Kw @ 6,500 RPM
60Nm @ 5,000 RPM 
25Kw @ 6,500 RPM LAMS
47Nm @ 4,500 RPM LAMS
Gearbox:   5 speed
Kerb Weight:  192 kg 
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed 145 Kph Approx LAMS
Max Speed 170 Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   14 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790 mm
Dimensions: L2165 X W920 X H1390mm WB1477mm 
 Recommended Retail Price:  $10,990 AUD (2014)