Does the world need a BMW G310GS?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Eddy Alvarez, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    Does anyone want to take a guess what thread size and pitch BMW will use? I looked at other bikes, and they seem to be all over the place.

    I looked at the parts fiche and could not find the mirrors.
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    Yeah Juice, I had just finished watching that video too. He's moving faster than I would. Whatever off-road prowess it lacks, I'll never need.
  3. ktmmitch

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    Will check on our bike today
  4. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    Thanks!

    I have a full set of the newer style Doubletake mirrors for my KTM (the ADV style) and just needs some balls. I thought BMW would use "a" style of mirror thread, but it seems they use three styles consistently, and on some models, mix them year to year.

    Not that I want to put you on the spot, but what is your realistic time frame for a skidplate ready to ship? I am not scare of poly-style plates (have one on my dirtbike), but I suspect that the BMW version is more for looks and splashes.
  5. ktmmitch

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    We already have a tubular skid plate design roughed out using our 310R, but are waiting until our GS version arrives at end October before finishing it off, spoked wheels with billet hubs done, Tractive Suspension nearly there, We are off to Morocco in a week for some riding, and we're hoping to take the new GS, but it won't be here in time, so taking our CB500X RR L3 bike, should be good fun, a 1,200 km ride across Spain, then ferry to Morocco and ride off road to the big dunes at Merzouga
  6. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    I can see BMW having a YouTube channel for a RTW like tour with the 310.

    Get Viewers in the Dealership, and then move them toward the F800GSA.

    Or better yet, have them up grade to a larger bike, after having the 310 for a year.

    This is their ninche. Marketing and Presentation.

    Another thing is do donate some R models for the drivers Ed class.

    Let's see how they combine high volume sales with their life style approach.
    :lurk

    Should force Team Japan to build better bikes.
    We all win!

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    Lastly, where I live I see about the same ratio of RGS and KLRs.
    Tigers are distant third.

    I think with some mods, the 310 can replace a lot of KLRs.
    It's about the same horse power. Torque is way off.
  7. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Long timer

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    Left mirror is M10x1,25 R/h thread, right mirror is M10x1,25 l/h thread
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  8. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    Thanks!
  9. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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    I liked the mirrors on wife's 650 better than my 1200 wanted to swap ,no go, one fine thread one course. Both r 2016s.
  10. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    The Doubletake "Adventures" are SO lovely! I liked the original DT quite a bit, but the newer Adventure models are SO much nicer in every way.
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    Howlinsage Been here awhile

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    cronedo Gelände-Dreamin'

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    In this piece the reviewer said 5 riders wrecked that day when the average is zero on such an event. His theory to explain an unusually high statistic was “... experienced riders thinking nothing could possibly go wrong on a tiny 310“.

    There is a video of a British rider sliding out on a dirt road, but he freely admitted to being a noob in the dirt. It looked to me like the front end just washed out and he low-sided. I’d say the Metzeler Tourances just didn’t have enough bite for how the bike was positioned.

    But what about the street mishaps? Without knowing any actual details, I’m most suspicious about the multiple reports of significant diving when on the brakes. Maybe this is somehow surprising these journalists; they’re all gung-ho, flogging the throttle and before they get a good read on the soft suspension they lean into a turn, think the front will bite and pivot, but the fork just keeps compressing instead of turning and these dual sport Tourances slide out on the pavement (I’m exaggerating that a front wheel lags behind the bars more on a soft suspension than a firm suspension. Maybe it’s really Deflate-Gate 2.)

    Granted, I’m only taking this one reviewer saying wrecks almost never happen at press events, but does anyone else have any thoughts?
  14. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Not really.
    The Frenchman (motorlive) was casually riding around on the dirt at a respectable pace and he was fine.
    I would be much slower than him.


    Meanwhile, check out this pic:
    Is this bike a modern Scrambler or what?
    Granted, the purist would hate the exhaust and kick stand.


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    https://www.mcnews.com.au/bmw-g-310-gs-price-australia/
    The new G 310 GS
  15. WoodWorks

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    Well, he does preface the whole story about the crashes with: "For some weird reason having absolutely nothing to do with the bike itself..." So it could just be a fluke, or a really bad day for moto journalists. Who knows? Until each of us gets to ride one of these bikes, and feel the suspension ourselves, we won't know either. But overall, I thought he was heavily shoveling praise.
  16. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    All I know, is that I am replacing my Husky Strada and Yamaha XT250 with a new 310GS...........And can't wait. :thumb :thumb
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    On a bike at this price point I would be shocked if the fork damping was anything but shit. My V-strom 650 was painful even puttering around town without RaceTech cartridge emulators, which are only $130 after all. It's just one of those things that all manufacturers cut corners on, like seats and headlights.
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  18. Howlinsage

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    I agree about the Tourances on loose terrain. On the pavement, the suspension may have been the culprit, but maybe the Asian made Tourances use a harder compound that lets go at aggressive lean angles. Or a little of both. Four down on the pavement seems a little more than bad luck. Just 1 rookie down off-pavement on what most would consider to be a marginal tire off road.
  19. Sburke

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    I test rode a 310r, and could totally see how someone can let their guard down. I rode that thing like nothing mattered, and realized halfway through the ride I would end up getting hurt if I owned one.
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  20. WoodWorks

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    Riding motorcycles will kill you eventually. Your only hope is to die of something else first.