Does the world need a BMW G310GS?

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  1. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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  2. Jack D

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    Oxymoron alert: " could be very nice if not too expensive" A not too expensive BMW?
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    I just saw the new Ducati Scramber 62. Cool bike, 400CC. 41 HP. I'd definitely be interested in a smaller GS!
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    RoadRdr Mostly Pavement

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    Yes. When new riders and riders who want a lighter weight bike have been neglected for a long time. Not everybody wants to ride a Rebel. The market for motorcycles in this category has been seriously lacking in recent years. There's a lot of us seasoned riders who started out with a CB350 or CB450 and considered it a mid-weight bike. I'm constantly surprised when first time riders in a BRC class tell us they already have a Herirtage Softtail or GSXR 600 750 or 1000 in the garage. Maybe some will be prudent as they develop their riding skills. But that weight or power is a deterrent to them becoming comfortable and on their way to proficiency.

    So, yeah more do-everything lightweight with great styling that are attractive to riders who want light weight is very welcome.
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    I would up for a small GS and I know a lot of others that would to :)
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    350 lbs for a 34 hp bike?
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    If they build it I will buy one. Perfect bike for trail riding and teaching my son-in-law how to ride
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  9. Florida Lime

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    Why do you say they may offer a 390GS, when the article even says it would use the same 313cc motor as the 310 ?
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  10. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    Oops! :lol3 I probably had KTM on my brain because the rumor is that they are doing the exact same thing with their tiny 390 Duke!

    2017 KTM 390 Adventure:

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    After owning a 650Dakar, 800GS, and my current GSA - I felt that both the 650 and 800 were underpowered. I can't imagine a smaller 'adv' bike.

    That being said, I think there would be a significant foreign (read, non-US) market for such a bike.
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  12. Lounge

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    Both the 700GS and the 800GS share the same 798 motor - doesn't seem like a stretch of the imagination to me.
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  13. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    Not to open a can of testosterone or get into a debate about where "real riders can take a GS ADV" but...I've owned a GS in every flavor including a 650, 800, 1100, 1150, and 1200 GS, I just sold my KTM 525EXC and currently own a WR250R. (I love it!). I consider myself a pretty decent technical rider but nonetheless, once you get to a certain level of difficulty, riding a 550+ pound ADV bike through deep mud, up steep climbs covered in baby head rocks and on tight single track, it becomes more about work, sweat, lumbar strains from repeatedly picking up your bike, picking up your buddies bike, sweating your ass off while being eaten by mosquitoes, wondering WTF am I doing here on this Winnebago and less about being light, mobile, agile, fast and having FUN!
    The 1200 has it's place (I love my big Fraulein) but I certainly feel that there is a place for a "WR250R sized" BMW GS, or 390 KTM Adventure, even in the super sized USA with ABS, heated grips, EFI, a strong alternator for more lights, heated gear and less than 320 pounds for some of the areas where I ride...
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  14. Kawidad

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    Does the world need a BMW G310GS?


    OF COURSE it does!

    More motorcycle choices are always better. :super
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    If it will run 90MPH without making your feets and hands all tingly; weigh less than 400lbs, and cost under $8500 it will be a winner.
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    +1. Keeping in mind both the BMW 700, 750 and 800 all have the same size 800 cc motor, BMW could easily call a 300cc moto a 390, or whatever they like (lol).

    I too like the concept of a smaller street legal GS.
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    It will do well in Asia.
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    I don't see the need. You can already get a 650, 700, and an 800 that are all fine motorcycles. It seems to me that the 310 will cheapen the line and by that I don't mean inexpensive. BMWs sell on their quality and reputation. Take that away and the whole marque suffers. I think KTM screwed up with their 390s. The two that I've seen are junk. KTM was really improving their reputation in recent years but their small bikes are in the "Kick Til Monday" range.
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    It's good to see most of the manufacturers recognizing and filling the gap for capable lightweight bikes. I'm looking forward to how this evolves. I think we all win with lots of choices.
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  20. psychohawk

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    It's funny how all the American's say it's not needed ... I'm an American too, not only well travelled but currently living in Europe, and this can be a big hit if the price is low enough.

    Firstly, license issues ... unlike the US, in many European and Asian countries you just can't get a permit and run out and buy a 1200cc GS ... One needs experience and practice first. And as for the younger crowd, particularly in the UK, there are displacement issues based on age. Secondly, mopeds are big outside of the US and of BMW targets the moped crowd, they could have a winner; have any of you been to Asia? Sheesh, mopeds rule and even a 600cc motorbike is out of place ... There's a few motorbikes but they're small and a 300cc BMW motorbike would fit right in while looking uber cool.

    It's a big world out there, not everyone rides on a four-lane interstate cruising along at 75mph.
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