BMW G310R first ride today
MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the eagerly-anticipated new BMW G310R today.
It’s the first time the German firm has produced a small-capacity motorcycle, aimed squarely at restricted A2 licence holders.
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Designed and engineered in Munich, but produced by BMW’s partner TVS in India, the G310R promises to be one of the cheapest mainstream A2 licence-friendly machines with prices starting at £4290 when bikes arrive in dealers in November.
Powered by a new 34bhp, 313cc single-cylinder lump, the BMW is a reverse cylinder design – the inlet is at the front and the exhaust exits from the rear, for a straighter, less interrupted airflow into the motor. It also allows the engine to be mounted further forward in the chassis and the use of a longer swingarm for stability and predictable handling.
The chassis is relatively basic with a steel trellis frame, S1000RR look-a-like upside forks and four-piston radial calipers. A low seat height of just 785mm and a ready-to-go weight of 158.5kg will make the G310R ideal for shorter riders, too.
Check back here on Thursday and on our facebook and twitter feeds to read our first impressions. Full test out in MCN next Wednesday.