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BMW plans small-bore adventure bike

BMW G310
BMW G 310 R

A British BMW Motorrad executive has hinted that the company is planning to make a GS adventure version of its G 310 R as soon as 2017.

Even before the G 310 R hits the market, it seems they are already planning at least one other version. And why wouldn’t it be a GS when the R 1200 GS continues to lead their range in sales?

GS stands for Gelände/Straße or Gelände Sport which is German for off-road/road.

A Motorcycle Sport and Leisure article has now quoted BMW Motorrad UK director Phil Horton as saying, “there are plenty more bikes to come, including, hopefully in 2017, a G 310R GS-style derivative.”

Small-bore all-road versions of the 1200cc juggernauts on the market seem to be the next new niche in the motorcycle market.

KTM has already announced it is working on an adventure version of the 390 and Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are also considering it, while Honda already has its CBR500X.

All it would really take is longer-travel suspension, knobby tyres, MX-style bars, high exhaust and a bit of crash protection.

The adventure category is taking off around the world as riders are becoming despondent with the limits of the real world on using high-powered sports bikes.BMW G 310 R adventure bike

But not everyone can control a 1200cc juggernaut on loose surfaces or wants to trailer a dirt bike 100km to somewhere they can ride it.

So a lightweight small-bore adventure bike that has some highway comfort to ride to the dirt, yet also has around-town abilities for commuting, makes a lot of sense.

It would also make a lot of sense in rapidly growing markets such as India, China, Africa and South America where scooters struggle with the tough road conditions.

The 2016 BMW G310R is a joint venture with Indian company TVS and is powered by a 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with 25kW and 28Nm of torque at 7500rpm.

It is due to be launched later this year.

  1. It seems pretty obvious to me that a baby GS is around the corner. I say this as I believe the number of female riders is increasing significantly (gender equality – go girls!). A few months ago I went looking for a baby GS for my wife to learn off-road riding, but all I could find, other than a trail bike, was the G650GS which met the low seat height and features criteria (ABS, handling, adventure touring set-up, etc.). I was to be further surprised when the dealer said they have stopped production of the 650 series GS. When asked what replaces it there was no answer, maybe indicating no one wants a small GS… Time has already determined the worldwide market for them. It’s a shame I couldn’t wait a year or so. I hope the dealers give good trade-ins on the new ones as my wife and I plan to do an around Australia adventure tour next year (me on my R1200GS LC). if the new ones are a dud, then the G650GS series should hold their value.

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