BMW’s much-anticipated small-capacity adventurer, the G 310 GS, has finally been officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.

The mini-adventurer is powered by a 313cc water-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine, with four valves, two overhead camshafts and finger followers, and wet sump lubrication. The same engine is already in place in the G 310 R roadster that was launched earlier this year. Claimed maximum power output is 33.5bhp and maximum speed 143 km/h (89mph).


The G 310 GS will be in direct competition with the Suzuki V-Strom 250, revealed earlier today. Looks like it will be a good year for small-capacity adventure bikes.

Here’s what the bike looks like:


G 310 GS

Type Water-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts and finger followers, wet sump lubrication
Bore / stroke 80 mm x 62,1 mm
Capacity 313 ccm
Rated output 25 kW (34 PS) at 9500 U/min (ECE Version)
Max. torque 28 Nm at 7500 U/min
Compression ratio 10,6:1
Mixture control Electronic fuel injection, BMS-E2.
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed 143 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km based on WMTC 3.33 l
Fuel type Minimum octane rating 91 RON (recommendation EU: 95 RON, recommendation BRA E27)
Electrical system
Alternator Alternator 308 W
Battery 12 V / 8 Ah, Maintenance free
Power transmission
Clutch Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox  Synchromesh 6-speed transmision Integrated in the motor housing.
Drive Endless Z-ring chain, shock damping in rear wheel hub
Chassis / brakes
Frame Tubular steel frame with bolted rear frame.
Front wheel location / suspension Upside down fork , Ø 41 mm
Rear wheel location / suspension solid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload
Suspension travel, front / rear 180 mm / 180 mm
Wheelbase 1.420 mm
Castor 98 mm
Steering head angle 63,3°
Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front 2,50 x 19″
Rim, rear 4,0 x 17″
Tyre, front 110/80 R 19
Tyre, rear 150/70 R 17
Brake, front Single disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, radially bolted
Brake, rear Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad ABS
Dimensions / weights
Seat height 835 mm (820 mm: Low Seat; 850 mm: Comfort Seat)
Inner leg curve 1,870 mm (1,840 mm: Low seat; 1,900 mm: Comfort Seat)
Usable tank volume 11 l
Reserve approx. 1 l
Length 2,075 mm
Height (excl. mirrors) 1,230 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 880 mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 169.5 kg
Permitted total weight 345 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 175.5 kg
Equipment (in parts)
Standard equipment BMW Motorrad ABS, stainless steel exhaust system, LED tail light
Optional equipment (OE)
  Optional accessories (OA) Highly integrated OA: main stand, heated grips, LED indicators, 12 volt power outlet
Seats: Low Seat (820 mm), Comfort Seat (850 mm)
Luggage: Luggage rack, topcase “Light”, Topcase 30 l, inner bag
Navigation:   BMW Motorrad Navigator V (Europe, 4-Switch-Mount Cradle or North America with 4-Switch-Mount Cradle or without map data), BMW Motorrad Navigator Street (EU, US), BMW Motorrad Smartphone Cradle, Mount for BMW Motorrad Navigation System.
Tony Carter

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