Take A Close Look At The Updated BMW G 310 GS

  • Dec 21, 2020
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Has BMW really made a difference on its small GS motorcycle?

BMW Motorrad India has been getting its act right with the G 310 siblings. The bikes received a massive price cut with new features and improved refinement now to be found. We had already ridden the G 310 R, which left quite a positive impression on our minds, a couple of weeks back. We expected the same from the G 310 GS, and to a great extent, we can say that the mini-GS does live up to the badge. Here’s how the bike looks and feels in the BS6 era:

The styling of the G 310 GS sees no tweaks from its earlier BS4 version. The same European ADV feel is accentuated by this lovely ‘40 Years of GS’ black/yellow colours. It even sports a sticker on the tank to remind you of the legacy of the GS brand.

It might look big and tall but the GS is quite a slim bike. The seat section is small with a sleek tail unit.

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The chunky grab handle cum luggage rack is spacious enough for you to load enough luggage for a week-long adventure.

The heart remains a 313cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor that puts out 34PS and 28Nm. The GS is a pretty quick motorcycle, even though its VBox acceleration test scores reveal slightly slower times than the BS4 model.

The six-speed gearbox now gets a slip and assist clutch. Clutch action is light but the gear shifts are quite clunky and not very BMW-like.

We are blown away with the ride quality of the GS. There have been minor adjustments to the suspension tune, which while continuing to remain on the softer side, do not bottom out any more.

This plush magic flying carpet ride quality becomes all the more impressive when you take it off tarmac. The suspension filters a lot of the harshness of the terrain, making it a motorcycle that both noobs and slightly experienced off-road riders will appreciate in the long run.

It could have done with a slightly slimmer rear tyre. The 150-section naked-like tyre just makes the bike a bit more reactive when chucking over bouncy terrain.

Braking systems have good stopping power as well as great feedback, providing enough confidence in bringing the bike to a halt in trickey conditions, on road as well as off it. The only downside is that BMW no longer offers switchable ABS, a shame considering that it used to be present on the older bike.

All things considered, the BMW G 310 GS left a lasting impression on us. It is a great adventure tourer, certainly one of the best in the premium entry-level space.

But just how good is it against the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the KTM 250 Adventure? Check out the video above.

BMW G 310 GS Video Review

BMW G 310 GS
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