While BMW were busy unveiling their latest new models at the huge Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany – our spy snapper was chasing their test riders on German roads to capture a new bike BMW didn’t want us to see just yet: the new G310 GS.
While there’s no official confirmation from BMW that this bike even exists, the boss of BMW Motorrad, Stephan Schaller, has confirmed to MCN that more G310 models are on the way, and this funky GS variant looks absolutely production-ready. All the signs point to this new model being released at the upcoming Milan show in early November.
So what can we see?
Rumours had already been circulating for some time about a GS version of the new G310 – as well as a half-faired version – but these images leave absolutely no doubt about its arrival, the GS moniker clearly emblazoned on the tank cover of both sets of test mules.
Even without the assistance of undisguised decals, it’s abundantly clear that this new variant sits higher slightly than the S1000R-styled G310R, wears the distinctive ‘beak’ that has come to define the GS style, has a more upswept exhaust position, and also sports a set of Metzeler Tourance dual-purpose tyres.
While this bike will be built in India by BMW’s partner, TVS, the new baby-GS will have been completely designed and engineered by BMW in Germany, before being readied for production at TVS – where the G310R is also built.
At the heart of the bike is the same fuel injected 313cc, liquid-cooled DOHC 4V single-cylinder engine, which is reversed in the frame (the cylinderhead turned by 180 degrees allowing the inlet tract to be positioned at the front of the motor, the exhaust at the rear).
We don’t expect the GS to be in a different state of tune, so should still deliver a claimed 34bhp at 9500rpm, and 20.6lbft of torque at 7500rpm. While it’s likely to be heavier than the R model, we wouldn’t expect it to tip the scales at more than 162kg (to the R’s 158.5kg).
Hold it together
The tubular steel frame appears completely unchanged, while the footrest hangers are now painted black rather than silver. The cast aluminium swingarm also appears to be identical to the R model.
The seat unit wears newly-designed, longer, bodywork which extends down to beneath the rider’s seat, while the seat itself bears no obvious changes. All the test bikes spied are wearing topboxes, which we don't expect to be a standard feature, although the integrated luggage rack/grab-handle assembly looks likely to be stock fit.
A centre-stand is fitted to half the test bikes, but the other half only boast a sidestand, suggesting that even it’s not standard fit, it will be an option. Ahead of the rider’s seat is a completely redesigned tank and frontal bodywork – including that beak – all mimicking the bigger GS models. The dash appears identical to the R’s, but mounted higher, and more vertically.
The suspension looks identical to the G310R, thougth there may be linkage or set up changes to lift the GS slightly by comparison to its roadster sibling. That means a 41mm inverted fork up front, and a directly mounted and adjustable rear monoshock.
Hanging off both are a set of identically styled wheels to those fitted to the R. That might disappoint those who want the more authentically off-road style that only laced rims can deliver – but don’t forget that the R1200GS comes on cast wheels, too.
The Metzeler Tourance tyres fitted are a 150/70 17 rear and 110/80 R19 front, compared to the R’s 150/60/17 rear and 110/70/17 front, therefore also accounting for some of the GS’s taller stance).
Load me up
There is sure to be a raft of accompanying accessories available to take the GS even deeper into the R1200’s style territory. Luggage, seat options, that centrestand, LED indicators, 12v charging sockets and heated grips are all no-brainers, not least because they’re available for the R model.
Based on these test mules we can expect it to arrive in at least grey/black and red/silver colour combos, and believe it’s likely to arrive in dealers in late Spring 2017.
BMW G310 GS Highlights
- New GS styled variant
- 34bhp peak power
- Inverted fork and long swinging arm
- ABS as standard
- LCD multifunction dash