We’re yet to hear the India launch details of the BMW 310 duo but one of our followers, Immanuel Vj, recently test rode the GS badged version of the entry-level BMW Motorrad product and he seems pretty happy with it. Previously, Immanuel had shared his ride experience with the BMW G310R with us. Before you can read his experience with the motorcycle, let us run you through the features and specifications of the BMW G310 GS.
The G 310 GS is built around the same tubular steel frame as the R-model. Just like the G 310 R, the G 310 GS draws design cues from its bigger siblings, in this case the GS series. The baby GS also gets ABS, a multi-function instrument cluster, USD front forks and an aluminium swing-arm. The motorcycle uses a 313 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that tuned to deliver power and torque outputs of 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28Nm at 7500 rpm respectively.
Here’s what Immanuel had to say about the motorcycle:
Tested the BMW G310 GS over the weekend and I liked the bike very much. I had ridden the G310R few months ago, and while both the bikes have the same engine and brakes, they get a completely different suspension and handling characteristics.
To clarify the GS is not an off-road tourer. It is positioned to tackle some bad roads, while offering good comfort and it will surely suit Indian conditions.
The engine delivers about 34bhp which is pretty decent for Indian roads & traffic and has a decent torque.
The 310R version is more forward biased and has a committed stance whereas the 310GS version is more upright and has a relaxed riding position. The suspension of GS has a longer travel and is more soft to suit bad roads. The handlebar is slightly raised for relaxed ergonomics on longer rides. The build quality of the bike is quiet good and it feels strong.
The bike comes with a 19-inch front wheel to tackle the bad roads, and the tyres from Merzeler offer a good grip.
This bike will fill the gaps where the Himalayan has reliability challenges, much lighter than the Himalayan. This bike will catch the attention of those mature bikers looking for a new player in the low capacity, premium motorcycle segment who feel that the KTM Duke motorcycles are aggressive and have lesser comfort and for those who have concerns over RE’s reliability and who feel that RE’s are overcrowded.
All the opinions expressed in the user review the are personal views of the writer. We’d hold our thoughts about the motorcycle till we ride it for a exhaustive review.