Following the excellent reception of the G 310 R in its role as BMW’s sub-500 dual purpose lightweight, the factory has announced the G 310 GS, a full blown GS in every sense of the word and easily recognized as a true GS when compared with any of the much larger BMW machine…and a neat looking bike.
Engine is the 313 cc (80 x 62.1) liquid cooled single with 4-valves DOHC and electronic fuel injection. Already well proven the single cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees and tilted to the rear permitting a fresh air-fuel mixture to be drawn in at the front with the exhaust at the rear. Boasting an output of 34 HP at 9500 rpm and torque of 28 Newton-meters (20.65 lb.-ft.) at 7500 rpm. Allied to an unladen weight of 374 lbs., a lively performance is assured with transmission via a multi-disc clutch, six-speed gearbox and chain drive.
The G 310 GS rolling chassis is similar to the G 310 R and described as a “Bridge-type” tubular steel space frame with a bolt on rear section combining torsional rigidity as well as being very robust. Front fork is conventional 41mm USD with more travel than the G 310 R and the single rear shock with pre-load is mounted directly on the aluminium swinging arm, simple but efficient and reliable under any conditions that the GS might encounter. Five-spoke, cast-alloy wheels are fitted.
True to form, BMW has made rider safety a priority and has installed a high-performance braking system with 2-channel ABS as standard ensuring rapid and safe braking from the 300 and 240 mm disc brakes while in the event of encountering a “light terrain” the G 310 GS’s ABS can be switched off at the touch of a button by its rider.
Already a variety of accessories are available in line with the larger GS machines including power sockets, heated grips, obviously seat height options, centre stands, essential luggage equipment and much more enabling new owners to personalise their new GS from scratch if they wish.
The G 310 GS will certainly find favor all over Europe, but BMW does have other, more ambitious plans to market it further afield, for example in Asia, India and even Brazil where it is expected to sell in serious volumes, making it a truly a genuine GS within the reach of everyone.