No better way to escape the relentless strobe of shouting that the modern world has become than a motorcycle. Of course all bikes are fuel efficient, but this one looks comfortable. And multi-terrain capable. And it looks dope as hell. The BMW G310 GS is the quintessential motorcycle.
Some of you may have already read my rant about how adventure biking is best biking, and I’ll let the rest of you click-back if you need a bigger explainer of why this category is so hot right now.
At this point, I think the BMW G310 GS pretty much perfectly underscores the idea that small, stylish bikes built around versatility rather than dedicated performance on one surface are the next big thing in motorcycling.
The G310 GS basically just takes the concept of BMW’s legendary long-haul luxury bike (the 1200 GS) and builds it around the G310's single-cylinder engine.
Riders will get a relaxed, upright seating position you can stand for hours and a butt pad that looks a lot more comfortable than the foam strip on your trail bike. As some of you will be able to discern from from the images, the bike’s architecture is off-road leaning with long-travel suspension, significant ground clearance and a skid plate but the tires and presumably calibration of shocks is optimized for road rides with rough sections and mild dirt excursions.
I don’t think you’re going to want this bike on a motocross track, but you should do just fine on any trail you can find on a map and some you can’t if you’re willing to take it slow.
BMW claims the G310 GS is rated to 34 horsepower and 21 ft-lb of torque, with the whole rig weighing a manageable 374 pounds unloaded. ABS is standard and can be user-overridden with a control on the handlebar. The company is promising this will be a true around-the-world bike with a tolerance for “diverse fuel qualities” and emissions compliance in the “world market.”
Pricing and specifics on performance will come soon, but if I had to guess I’d say this will probably be in the neighborhood of $6,000 when it comes out for the 2017 model year.
If you’re completely insane and don’t care for the “classic Bimmer” blue-and-blue-and-red-on-white, you can also have the bike in red or black.