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Title: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Ras on September 23, 2021, 05:05:06 am
Any review on these small bikes out of experience ?
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: GeenSand on September 23, 2021, 05:53:54 am
The Forum has voted it to be the best adventure bike in the history of 2 wheels.
 

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Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: stcomza on September 23, 2021, 07:17:02 am
Any review on these small bikes out of experience ?

Quickly gather all the worms, get them back in the can, seal the lid, and walk away... :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Big E on September 23, 2021, 07:27:48 am
I was considering buying one for my wife, but a bit pricey for a starter bike, but as soon as she is advance enough, definitely.

Looking at all the reviews, its the best thing after sliced bread.
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 23, 2021, 07:39:15 am
The Forum has voted it to be the best adventure bike in the history of 2 wheels.
 

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Not the forum, some idiot on a bike talk show on SABC.

Shortly thereafter, the sidestands fell off, many, many waterpump and starter motor issues amongst other obviously cheaply built related problems.

If you need to buy a cheap bike, then buy a cheap bike. Lok at a Bajaj and pay Indian prices. Do not buy a Bajaj through your BMW dealership chain. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Grunder on September 23, 2021, 07:53:04 am
Nice video this.

"How far until it breaks"
2x 690s, 1x 310gs, PR7 and a couple more.

Spoiler alert....

Its NOT the 310gs

https://youtu.be/o1q1rHl5fyk

Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on September 23, 2021, 09:01:40 am
We have a GOOD number of customers riding them, same with KTM 390, same with Kawasaki Versys...

Different bikes, for sure, but all in the 300cc to 390cc class, so a fair degree of similarity...

Very few problems with the BMW 310 GS, or else not heard of (m)any..
Ditto with the KTM 390, other than that they can need - in general - a BIT more hands on/attention that the other 2 brands? Anecdotal info only...

Then, heard just last night from a CT Dealership that Kawasaki Versys 300 (a twin, nogal) has just been discontinued,, maybe now available at a sweet deal since they discontinued?

I know that Adie Adendorff - on this forum - (of Rockfox) has had great service from his Kawa ZONTES 300, so another little good contender

But for my side, the 310 seems pretty good, for what it is.
Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Altie7deLaan on September 23, 2021, 09:29:11 am
Internet is flooded with attention seeking people that will complain about a bike, but then in real life you might have many happy owners that spend their time riding the same bike and not living a life behind a keyboard.
You can also have a rave review by a 5 star treated journalist, or put a stunt monkey on a bike,  to make it seem like caviar when it really is snoek kuite.
There, in true WD forum retort,  I have only confused you more. :lol8:
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Grunder on September 23, 2021, 09:54:01 am


Internet is flooded with attention seeking people that will complain about a bike...

We have our own local drama queen as well
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Dorsland on September 23, 2021, 10:03:38 am
to make it seem like caviar when it really is snoek kuite.


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Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: BabyBeemer on September 23, 2021, 02:53:32 pm
My experience - Can do 140 on a good day, but comfortable at 100 - 110. Handelbars are soft - my son fell and bent them in the braking exercise at Country Trax.  Trying to Source alternatives. Nice and light off road - did Baviaans on mine.  The newest models - ABS not switchable - so look for a previous model if that is important to you.  To me - a lekker slow gravel tourer - some great aftermarket kit for the bike available - Rockfox crash bars and rear luggage racks. Kappa touring screen (a waste - but I got the bike with it on).  Side stand extender.  It is quite a tall bike - I cannot flat foot it - not much difference to my 1200GS in that respect.  Mileage is low - but so far - no issues.
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Dwerg on September 23, 2021, 03:01:18 pm
I was chastised for this opinion after test riding it but I don't think it's bad for what it is actually. The problem is 50% of the price is for the propeller badges. There are a lot of much better alternatives for the for my money
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: BabyBeemer on September 23, 2021, 05:53:12 pm
I was chastised for this opinion after test riding it but I don't think it's bad for what it is actually. The problem is 50% of the price is for the propeller badges. There are a lot of much better alternatives for the for my money
True - but dealer back-up and support is also a consideration - especially if - like me - you have 2 left hands and 10 thumbs.  Peace of mind and the BMW on call makes a trip less stressful.
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: Odd Dog on September 24, 2021, 09:03:26 am
You will not get the backup that BMW supply from any other manufacturer or their agents.
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: CycleC on September 24, 2021, 09:12:45 am
Very Simple :
1. If you want to use it to commute a short distance then its perfect
2. If you are happy to ride a very underpowered bike that will see you changing down gears for the slightest hill then its perfect
3. If you want to use it for an Adventure type bike and do long distance then best hope your friends have lots of time on their hands as they wait for you at every stop

Use it don't use it - It is a great little commuter bike but that's about were is stops
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: 2StrokeDan on September 24, 2021, 09:16:18 am
You will not get the backup that BMW supply from any other manufacturer or their agents.



And with few other manufacturers will you need that back-up as much. "Motorrad" even owns Toyota bakkies to pick up their "assist" victim German bikes. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on September 24, 2021, 10:16:56 am
Well, this young Irish lass, and her Bloemfontein (but now Irish!) boyfriend, leave this Monday for.....Cork, in Ireland; her on a 310 GS!

We shall see how the little bike goes will post update, even links, when known.

(with some shameless advertising, but nothing new there  ;D they did actually park there!)

Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Bmw 310 GS - Review
Post by: ETS on September 28, 2021, 08:37:06 am
to make it seem like caviar when it really is snoek kuite.


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Het dit nog nie baie geeet nie, maar het dit was lekker. Hijack off