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Tackles the worst of roads like a cake walk

Verdict – The BMW G 310 GS is a motorcycle made for a purpose. The direct competition comes from the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan but the build quality and fit and finish of this BMW is by far the best. As this motorcycle is also positioned as an entry level tourer, the 11-litre fuel tank isn’t much of a help. But people looking for an entry-level adventure-tourer and want a badge that cannot get any German than BMW, then the G 310 GS is the one to go for. However, it’s a little pricey but looking at the big picture, the competition isn’t cheap too.

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Only a bigger fuel tank would have added more value to buyers

What’s Cool

* Phenomenal ride quality, the GS just glides over everything
* Rider as well as pillion comfort is the best in class
* Power delivery is linear, has a strong mid-range and opens up in the top-end

What’s Not So Cool

* 11-litre fuel tank is a little less for an adventure-tourer
* Priced at a premium makes it accessible to only a few enthusiasts
* Soft suspension does not keep the bike planted in corners and nose-dives while braking

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Capable and comfortable, the BMW G 310 GS is distinctive

BMW G 310 GS Specifications

* Engine: 313cc, Liquid-Cooled, Reverse-Inclined, DOHC
* Power: 34 PS @ 9500 RPM
* Torque: 28 Nm @ 7500 RPM
* Transmission: 6-speed
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame: Trellis Frame, Aluminium Swingarm
* Suspension: Inverted Forks (Front); Monoshock (Rear)
* Tyres: 110/80/19 (Front); 150/70/17 (Rear), Metzeler Tourance
* Brakes: 300 mm Petal Disc (Front); 240 mm Petal Disc (Rear), Switchable ABS

BMW G 310 GS Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: 2075 mm x 880 mm x 1230 mm
* Wheelbase: 1420 mm
* Ground Clearance: 220 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 11-litres
* Kerb weight: 169.5 kgs

Testers’ Note:

“Yes it’s expensive but it is a BMW and you pay for the badge. While the G 310 R looks outright overpriced, the G 310 GS makes some sense for the added dough because it’s an adventure motorcycle which feels way more at home on Indian roads than its roadster sibling. Will I buy one? Not for the price because it’s just too much money for a single-cylinder bike, the KTM 390 Adventure seems like the only hope for adventure junkies.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.

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