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)
Annual servicing cost: £250
Power: 34 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.9 in / 835 mm)
Weight: Low (373 lbs / 169 kg)

Prices

New £5,100
Used £2,700 - £5,000

Overall rating

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

The BMW G310GS 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. It sits alongside the more road-focused BMW G310R.

A new and exciting range of small adventure bikes emerged from some of the biggest-hitting manufacturers towards the end of the 2010s. This new breed of bike was designed to be good at everything at sensible prices, and that’s exactly what the BMW G310GS delivers.

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

BMW G310GS updated for 2021

BMW G310GS in Rallye colours

BMW have announced an updated version of the G310GS, their small-capacity member of the world-conquering GS family. First launched in 2016, the baby GS now gets a number of tweaks to keep it up to date.

Firstly, the G310GS’s 313cc liquid-cooled engine is now Euro5 compliant and still produces an A2-friendly 33.5bhp - now controlled by a ride-by-wire throttle.

The clutch has been upgraded to a ‘self-boosting anti-hopping’ unit to reduce aggressive engine braking and lighten the lever (which is now adjustable, too).

 BMW G310GS updated for 2021

Up front, a new LED headlight is brighter than before and BMW say a new connector does away with vibrations affecting the beam. This is joined by new LED indicators.

The baby GS has also undergone a modest facelift to match the bigger models. As well as the base white version, you can also now get the G310GS in Rallye colours with red and metallic blue elements, and in a "40 years GS" black and yellow. All three now have grey engine covers.

There’s no word yet on price or availability so check back on MCN for more information as we get it.

Ride quality & brakes

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

Around town the small, 168kg BMW G310GS 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.

The tall riding position gives the GS a useful road presence, and although the screen is minimal it performs far better than its size suggests. The bars are wide, and if it wasn’t for the comparatively small tank (11 litres) and annoying vibrations it wouldn’t be a bad entry-level tourer.

Engine

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

BMW’s all-new G310GS has much in common with the excellent G310R. Both share the same reverse single-cylinder engine.

Initially the BMW feels punchy. The 313cc has some decent low-down kick. Although BMW quote 33.5bhp it feels fruitier than that. If you want to make real progress, keep the digital rev counter above 6000rpm and don’t be afraid to push all the way to the redline at 10,000. The Beemer is capable of cruising at 80mph, just, but as the revs rise so do the vibrations.

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.

The view from the firm seat is basic but pleasing – and at ten paces it oozes an air of quality. Get closer though, and the impression starts to slip.

You can check out BMW G310GS 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.

The baby GS was launched at the same time as the Suzuki V-Strom 250 and Kawasaki Versys-X 300, and since then we’ve seen models like the KTM 390 Adventure and Honda CB500X (which won MCN's sub-500cc bike of the year award in 2020) join the fray.

If you are a little more serious about tackling some off road adventures, the Honda CRF250L Rally is worth considering or if thrifty simplicity is the name of the game, try the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

BMW G310GS vs Suzuki V-Strom 250 and Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Beemer is certainly eye-catching. The Motorsport paintwork is only £45 extra and the gold inverted fork looks distinctly superior.

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. 

BMW G310GS dash

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 £45
Annual service cost £250
New price £5,100
Used price £2,700 - £5,000
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

Model history

  • 2017: Bike launched.
  • 2021: BMW G310GS updated.

Other versions

  • BMW G310R

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

4 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: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £250
4 out of 5 Fun, capable bike
05 September 2021 by Aussie rider

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

Capable, comfortable, fun, good looking solid all-rounder, good on tar and dirt roads.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I have done a 1000km day on this bike and it is one of the most comfortable bikes I have owned. Light weight, suspension is soft but the bike loves corners, brakes could be stronger for the road but a good compromise for the dirt. Eats up whatever road it is thrown at. Never the fastest or most composed but will do it with minimal fuss. Okay touring two up also, as long as passenger is light.

Engine 3 out of 5

Engine is fine for everything except for fast overtakes. Will cruise comfortably on freeway and once engine is run in will happily sit on 130km/h. It is a small single so it can struggle with uphills but drop a gear and give it some revs and it will respond. I have done multiple tour days with much bigger bikes through mountainous roads and the little GS was never far behind. It likes to be revved and doesnt seem to mind a thrashing, it is where it performs best.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Failed alternator and factory brake recall but backed by a 3 year warranty with roadside service. Clutch does make a squeal on fast starts (since new, common issue). General build quality is great (considering the price). Paint a little thin (rear side panels and side stand) in some areas but overall a well built machine. 25,000kms of hard riding, aside from the alternator, no other problem.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

10,000 and 20,000 kms services were all in the $200 to $300 AUD range. Bike is frugal on fuel, doesn't use oil, gentle on tyres, chain and brake pads despite it being used harshly.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Switchable ABS is great. Ditch the standard screen and add a higher one, add some lever /hand guard protection and a better bash plate and good to go. The standard rack is great, easy to mount a top box. Seat is very comfortable. Lights are okay for normal use. Standard tyres are perfect for 70/30 road/dirt use.

Buying experience: Dealer purchased, "demo bike", previous year model stock, but never used, so brand new. $6,990 AUD.

5 out of 5 Just the job
29 April 2021 by Richard Eastwood

Year: 2020

Ideal for what I needed,mild green lanes and Norfolk back roads

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Comfortable position, very spacious compliant suspension,nice

Engine 4 out of 5

Will plod along but quite manic at high revs

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Well built quality feel

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Easy home servicing

Equipment 4 out of 5

Every thing you need and more,mpg,temp,etc

Buying experience: Bought from dealer Oxford BMW not a great experience, wouldn't recommend

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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