BMW Motorrad’s entry-level adventure-tourer motorcycle, the G 310 GS received a major price cut during the BS6 upgrade. However, despite the price reduction, BMW Motorrad added new features like full-LED lighting, ride-by-wire throttle, and adjustable brake and clutch levers to the motorcycle. Here we tell you five reasons to bring home this adventure tourer from BMW Motorrad.
The BMW G 310 GS does not feature the asymmetric headlight design like its bigger siblings. However, the setup on the entry-level GS model looks sleek and stylish. Details such as “BMW LED” on the DRL, LED turn indicators, sharp semi-fairing, step-up saddle, and the luggage rack at the back give the motorcycle a rugged and appealing design. The tall, muscular, and imposing styling further enhances its adventure-touring persona and makes it one of the most desirable motorcycles in the sub-500cc segment.
The G 310 GS BS6 is available in three colours – Rallye Style, Polar White, and “40 Years GS” edition. Among the three paint options, the Rallye Style and the special “40 Years GS” edition look the most appealing.
The build quality is typical BMW and it exudes solidity and an upmarket feel. The paint finish looks top-notch while components such as the golden USD forks, the handlebar clamp, the engine guard, and the luggage rack at the rear are well built. The suspension setup on the motorcycle includes upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear mono-shock. The braking tasks are handled by single discs on both wheels while the safety net is provided by dual-channel ABS. Unlike the BS4 motorcycle, BMW Motorrad does not offer a switchable ABS on the latest iteration of the G 310 GS. The adventure-tourer continues to use a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear alloy wheel setup that are wrapped in Metzeler Tourance tyres.
BMW Motorrad has updated the 312cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine to comply with the BS6 emission norms. Despite complying with the stricter emission standards, the G 310 GS continues to produce similar power output as the BS4 model. Linked to a six-speed transmission, the motor produces 34bhp of power at 9,250rpm and 28Nm of peak torque at 7,500rpm. The motorcycle further benefits from a ride-by-wire throttle and a slipper and assist clutch mechanism.
The engine packs a meaty mid-range, which is useful for city-riding. Out on the highway, the motor feels most comfortable between 90-100kmph. Post that, however, vibrations become noticeable on the handlebar and footpegs. Moreover, the engine starts to feel gruff after crossing the 110kmph mark on the speedometer.
The G 310 GS delivers a plush ride quality, and it would glide over most undulations effortlessly. The motorcycle feels stable while tackling pothole-ridden roads, and the suspension does not bottom-out easily. The handlebar and footpeg position deliver upright rider’s triangle, and you can ride for miles without feeling tired. The handlebar, however, isn’t very tall which makes it a little difficult to reach when standing on the footpegs. A set of handlebar risers should address the issue.
One of the reasons to buy the new G 310 GS is its price tag. Unlike the BS4 model, which was sold at Rs 3.49 lakh, the new G 310 GS is available for Rs 2.85 lakh, making it nearly 64,000 cheaper than before. Do note that this price cut does not compromise the build quality while the feature list is longer than the old motorcycle. While the Rs 2.85 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) price tag may not be very affordable, it is pretty neat considering you get to flaunt the premium BMW badge.
To conclude, the G 310 GS is one of the most affordable ways to become part of the BMW Motorrad family. The motorcycle packs an appealing design, a commendable build quality, and an attractive price tag. The colour options make it even more desirable while the ride quality is plush and comfortable for long distances. The G 310 GS does lack power and misses a few features as compared to its direct rival, the KTM 390 Adventure. However, it makes up for it through a relatively competitive price tag than its Austrian rival.