BMW G310GS (2017 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Economical, entry-level GS model
  • Reasonably priced compared with most rivals
  • Loads of kit as standard and huge options list

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Power: 34 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.9 in / 835 mm)
Weight: Low (373 lbs / 169 kg)

Prices

New £5,100
Used £3,000 - £4,900

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The BMW G 310 GS is economical, easy to ride and allows you to step onto the BMW ladder and join the GS family for just over £5000. It looks the part and is an impressive commuter that can even take on some light off-road.

However, more experienced riders contemplating downsizing within the GS range will discover it’s a significant step down; in power, handling and specification.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Around town the small, 168kg BMW 310 GS is easy to manage and manoeuvre, has a roomy riding position, user-friendly controls and is ideal for new riders. There’s nothing to intimidate or confuse you as the clutch is light, the gearbox is positive, and the ABS assisted radial brakes are efficient without being abrupt. But overall the handling is on the soft side.

The BMW’s limitations are caused mainly by the bike’s overly soft, long-travel suspension. Fine around town, but the non-adjustable KYB forks dive quicker than a scared Ostridge when you attack a hairpin bend, while the feeling from the 19-inch front Metzeler Tourance is no better than vague. Both front and rear suspension lack the control you’d hope for and leave the sporting rider slightly frustrated.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

BMW’s all-new G310 GS has much in common with the excellent G310R. Both share the same reverse single-cylinder engine. BMW are quoting identical power to the G310 R –  33.5bhp @ 9500rpm and 20.7ftlb @7500rpm – and the little 313cc motor doesn’t mind being flogged to its 10,000rpm redline.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The G310GS is built alongside the G310R in India by BMW’s partner, TVS, with the majority of parts sourced or produced in the subcontinent too. There is no doubting the build quality but some things like the non adjustability of the wide-span brake and clutch levers and too-narrow mirrors need addressing. Vibrations are noticable as the speed and revs increase. 

We've got two BMW G 310 GS owners' reviews on the MCN site, and the overall score of 4 stars out of 5 reflects the fact that readers think it's a great bike, but could benefit from more power and more kit. But it is the cheapest route into GS ownership... 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

At £5320 the all-new baby GS is good value for money and an inexpensive step into the BMW family, £550 more expensive than the BMW G310R.

It's a rival to the KTM 390 Adventure (£5499), Honda CRF250L Rally (£5649) and Royal Enfield Himalayan (£4199).

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s ABS as standard, and a decently equipped all-LCD dash, plus myriad official accessories to choose from – including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, two further seat height options (820mm and 850mm), luggage, a centrestand, plus satnav and smartphone solutions. 

Specs

Engine size 313cc
Engine type Single cylinder 4V
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 169kg
Front suspension 41mm none adjustable
Rear suspension Single adjustable for pre-load only
Front brake 300mm discs, four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, twin piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 110/80x19
Rear tyre size 150/70X17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 85 mpg
Annual road tax £44
Annual service cost -
New price £5,100
Used price £3,000 - £4,900
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 years

Top speed & performance

Max power 34 bhp
Max torque 20.7 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 205 miles

Model history & versions

Other versions

BMW G310R

Owners' reviews for the BMW G310GS (2017 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their BMW G310GS (2017 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW G310GS (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
4 out of 5 Good Just a bit more attention would be great
28 May 2020 by Votto

Year: 2019

With a bit more grunt it would be even better

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5 G310GS Fun Machine
05 October 2019 by Kevberlin

Version: G310GS

Year: 2018

This is review of the G310GS. This bike is seriously good fun and reminds me of riding the old Honda CB250RS. An engaging bike that likes to be revved. Some cost cutting evident but the overall build quality is very good. A tall riding position with comfortable peg position to allow extended legs. Lightweight bike that is easy to manoeuvre and good fun through bends.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride seems a little soft at times but not unduly so. Very comfortable seat and good tall riding position. Wide bars and upright position mean that miles can be eaten without stopping on motorways or back roads. The rear brake could be sharper

Engine 4 out of 5

The bike power band kicks in at about 6000 revs. It will rev to 10000. It is surprisingly perky and seems to enjoy being ridden enthusiastically. 70mph cruising met at 7000 revs. I have read complaints of vibrations but I believe some vibration is to be expected. Don’t forget this is a single cylinder machine. Nevertheless, this bike is seriously good fun to ride. Involving and responsive to say the very least. I love it and do not miss owning any of the bigger/faster bikes I owned in the past.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

There has been a BMW brake recall for improved brake callipers that prevent corrosion. Early models suffered from a frame defect causing the side stand to collapse.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

80 to 83mpg. Regular chain lube and engine services. There is little else needing attention as this is a simple bike. I bought a three year BMW service pack for 500. The bike has a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty.

Equipment 3 out of 5

It’s fairly basic in terms of equipment. I added a Givi higher screen, Barkbuster hand guards and Oxford heated grips. (BMW do not offer heated grips as an option). The rear rack is good for adding a Hepco Becker box that takes a helmet. The rear brake pedal is too small and the side stand (no main stand) foot is small. I bought extension plates for both from Nippy Norman..

Buying experience: BMW Dealer. Good experience.

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