BMW G310GS Review
|I wanted fuel economy and a good commuter bike which she delivers. On the twisties she is utterly reliable and handles well but longer weekend trips have been less happy. She’s a great bike and comes highly recommended.||
|✓||Easy to ride, smooth power, light weight, big bike presence, economy|
|×||No LED headlight, cast wheels, high / hard seat, wind protection, mirrors|
I bought the bike in May 2018 having come back from a 17 year lay-off. I chose the BMW because it was a small-sized engine that I hoped would let me escape at the weekends and still be good around town. Fuel consumption was important too.
It cost £5100 and the idea is to have it for a while. I liked the bike instantly. It certainly has presence about it even though it’s only small. In slow traffic drivers are keen to move out of the way for me and let me pass. The bike is tall and looks far bigger than it is.
Running in was frustrating but I rigidly kept the revs low. The clocks told me I was getting 80mpg, but my own calculations showed nearer 84mpg. Now she is run in, I still try to be gentle and around 70mpg is normal although on the motorway that will quickly drop to 64mpg. I currently get 190 miles to the tank and the fuel light comes on around with around 50 miles left.
On twisties she is utterly reliable and handles well. I can’t comment on how she handles in the rain as I don’t ride on wet roads unless I’m caught out. On the motorway you are very exposed though. I found the protection better than the G310R but it’s not good. She will get to 85mph and I’ve kept her there for a while, but she does struggle to get any faster. So long as you can read the road well and make riding plans well in advance she will happily do short trips on motorways – a couple of junctions is fine.
There has been a lot of comment around the handlebar levers not being adjustable. I have small hands and I have no trouble reaching them safely. The headlamp needs redesigning. It’s on a rubber mount and bounces a lot on normal road services.
It’s a tall bike and there is definitely a technique to riding one. I am 6 feet tall, but my legs are relatively short. I came to a halt downhill and nearly came off as I couldn’t reach the ground. I overcame this later by shuffling over on the seat and putting my left leg down first. With a 20 litre tail bag on the back I have trouble swinging my leg over to get on and off the bike. I got over this by putting it on the luggage rack rather than securing it to the seat with the Velcro strap.
The display is standard but enough for what I was looking for. I would have liked to be able to change the display from the handlebars rather than leaning over and pushing the rubberised button on the display.
Understandably for a single, over 60mph there is plenty of vibration and the off-side mirror shakes so much I can’t see anything behind. The near-side mirror is much better. That said, I am used to it now and I don’t notice it.
I find the seat is uncomfortable after an hour or so. I’ve even tried wearing padded cycling shorts but it’s still very poor for comfort. The dealership has said they can make the seat more comfortable but it’s going to be more than £100 so I’ll just jiggle about for now.
I was glad to get the first service out of the way at 600 miles and at £100 I thought I got off lightly. I think they did a deal for me. The dealership – Allan Jefferies of Rotherham have been excellent by the way. I mention it because I wanted a good after-sales service. I thought buying BMW would give that to me and I haven’t been disappointed.
Whilst she is good around town – nimble and frugal – anything longer can be hard work. I’ve been up to Scotland from W Yorkshire and around Cumbria and the North York Moors. Regular stops and staying off motorways have been the way to maintain having fun.
All in all, I got what I wanted. I wanted fuel economy and a good commuter bike. Longer weekend trips have been less happy though.
At the time of writing you can pick up a 6-month-old 310Gs with 3000 miles on the clock for around £4100. She’s a great bike and comes highly recommended.
- Tim M, 2018
Capacity: 313 cc
Power: 34 bhp
Seat Height: 835 mm
Wet Weight: 170 kg
Range: 150 miles