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Old 11-11-2017, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default BMW G310GS Quick-Fling

Planned as a little tootle through the local backblocks while checking out the just-released BMW 310 Baby-GS, it all turned into a bit of a frazzled affair with bumper-to-bumper traffic into Ringwood to check out some ADV-jackets, some photo-shoot out the back of Warrandyte, a superb lunch at Dixons Creek...and an "ALL-HEART" Willo already audible on the carpark outside


First things first....a BIG thanks to Doncaster BMW for letting us have their hotly-contested demo 310 for an hour and a half!!
As for the little Beemer, I'll call things as I stumbled across them:


Not exactly a powerhouse, the little 310 purrs along just fine. Clutch adjustment was out by a mile, no free-play at all, fixed at the red lights along the way.
Weight sits low....and if the ergonomics wouldn't be as superb as what they are for a 6-footer, it still would be a "big" bike frame+feel wise.
She's got a solid footprint, stable cornering with the 19" front.... and rather feels like a well-sized 500, happy to hit the twisties. Not generous, but well-sized.

With a COMFY seat!! Which is at a bit of a lofty height, though....for a 300, that is.
180mm boingers at each end are plush+firm at the same time...NICE! The 290mm ground clearance under the gut are also neat, considering the comfy ergonomics.
The bars are waaaayyy too low to be anywhere near dirt-usable, as are the narrow pegs.



Bars way too low, instrument cluster shows all from speed to gear-indicator, clock, tripmeter and the rest of the play-stuff.
Fuel is 11 liters incl. 1 liter reserve, which should be good for a 300+km range with an additional 40km or so to creep to safety.












"Bashplate" is an icecream-bucket bolted to the sump....anything more substantial will also need some bracing/ subframe, which also goes for crashbars of any sort.
Crashbars would add quite a bit of weight as they have to be big/ wide enough to cover the width of the full-sized (650-1000cc) tank-area...hmmmmm





The little 313cc jug is reversed, so the header pipe faces backwards and is shorter as a result....neat!
They should've gone the extra mile and feed the header between the subframe and pillion-peg mounts, halving the header-length and bringing the can up to "Scrambler"-height!!
Nobody will ever seriously use the tiny pillion perch.





OEM-screen is just cosmetic...easy to replace with something more suitable once the bars/ risers are sorted out (note: there's plenty of extra length available in wiring+cables to accommodate bar-risers!)






Monstrous rear rack screws up the rear-end





Comfy!!





Feels like a 500+







1. gear is loooong.....I'd start playing with sprocket-gearing right away, if taking this thing into half-serious dirt/ gravel.






A vibe-free 300cc mill makes life easy....and there's enough poke to keep things moving.
Happy-speed is around 80-90kmh....in 4th/5th/6th, your pick.








I can certainly see an easy life on this little jigger...add some Mitas E07s and she'll go anywhere soft-roadish.











Again, a big thanks to Doncaster BMW for the opportunity to check out the baby- GS....and I'm looking forward to
spending 3 weeks on the midget in the Balkans next year !!






As always, the Dixons Creek Cafe pulled out all stops to serve up an exceptional lunch, friendly service and a big fan to keep the boiling midday-sun under control.







Nev+Jo joined in as well as Helen and Willo in his new " ALL Heart!" colours
New City of Whittlesea work-clobber, mate??



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Old 11-11-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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so when do you take delivery......
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:50 PM   #3
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so when do you take delivery......

You after another well-preserved KLR?

Goodie decided to tack on another year on the Klacka if I fix that clutch-cable ...we'll also have to check out the 300 Versys she had a sit on at Stevos, gotta find a test-ride somewhere.
(too much plastic shyte and a 300-twin is a semi-turbo-Swiss-watch-toy in my eyes....)



She liked the 310...but I'm still oogling an XT250, too

Crap!!....too many choices!
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:57 PM   #4
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..... BMW 310 Baby-GS ....
Sounds like it ticks a few boxes, but I don't see one in my near future.

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..... and Willo in his new " ALL Heart!" colours .....
US$25, at the Portland OR market.

Thanks to Jo, Nev, Goodie and Pete for the company and the BS. Thanks to the Dixon's Creek Bar & Grill for the Pork Ribs.
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:28 PM   #5
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Brilliant thing with these baby BMW, X300 Versys, CB500 Hondas, KTM 390 is that in 2-3 years there'll be a gazillion of them for sale low km for peanuts....
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