BMW G310GS Thread

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

  1. DMo

    DMo Adventurer

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    I'm running the AX41s on my 310 GS. Overall, they've been good. There's a little bit of noise and a little more vibration, for sure. But they're solid in most conditions, including wet, and for sure in dirt and gravel. The Bridgestones are definitely slower to turn in on the street compared to the stock Tourances, but once leaned over, they hold the edge very well.

    When I got them, I was getting set for a weekend long ADV training course that required everyone had a 50/50 tire mounted. I went to a tire shop I've been using the last several years with a short list: the AX41s, Shinko 804/805s, and the Dunlop Trailmax Missions. The prices were all over the place between those three, of course, with the Bridgestones being in the middle. They forewarned me that the wear would be decent, but not great (like it's supposed to be with the Dunlops or the aforementioned K60s), and I'd say that's been been true for me over ~3,000 miles or so thus far.

    I do find they wander a bit on rain grooves here on California's freeways.
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  2. Old and slow

    Old and slow my bike is old and slow, not me!

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    I guess this is why I should pull the seat off every now and then:

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    Everything still functions as it should (little bastid chewed the tool pouch) but he got into the wiring a bit:

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    Now I need to dig up a wiring diagram to see what those wires go to, does anybody here know what that wire routing leads to?

    I hate rodents!
  3. Old and slow

    Old and slow my bike is old and slow, not me!

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    looks like the red/white wires are fan (they run to a fuse holder marked "fan"...duh) and the pur/blk and blk/wht probably run to the LH turn lamp. Splicing in some repair sections!

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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    :photog
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  5. Old and slow

    Old and slow my bike is old and slow, not me!

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    fixt...just need to wrap and tie. Fan runs 18ga and turn signals 20ga.

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  6. ac-rider

    ac-rider n00b

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    Hey RynoH!

    It looks great, is it the Rally Raid kit? What parts are a must to upgrade?

    Thanks.
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  7. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Agree, good looker (yummyumm)

    As for "upgrade"?
    Don't waste your $$, just use it as is and ride the crap out of it.
    RR is "lipstick-on-a-pig" for the 310 if it comes to actual function.

    Loved them (rentals, both sub 2000km) for the 6500km of Balkans-gravel we did in 2018 though (2x310s in the group) .
    They sure did the trick in some practiced hands (but also showed the limits of their very basic design)



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  8. OleShep

    OleShep Been here awhile

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    I too was very surprised at the rain performance of the AX41s on my Tiger. Got caught in a few down pours on my last trip and no hydro planing or any loss of traction. I did have the back step out in a hotel parking lot but i suspect the surface was very slick or had something on it... Good tires
  9. Captain Lew

    Captain Lew Under Heaven Over Hell

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    I upgraded the front and rear with hyperpro springs. That took away the excessive bounce on potholes, greatly improved gravel and highway stability, and fixed the nose-dive on hard braking. My next favourite upgrade was wider pegs.

    ... of course no changes were necessary, but they did make the bike work better.
  10. NYNJ8

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    [​IMG] They told me to leave my new 3GS at home. I had other plans…more photos and details to follow.

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  11. NYNJ8

    NYNJ8 Adventurer

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    In the meanwhile, I have a like new SW Motech center stand just installed a week ago - cost me nearly $200. Didn't take long to realize that was wasted $ for my typical use. Anyone interested in swapping a bash guard?

    While I'm at it I'm in the market for hand guards, and risers if anyone is looking to de-farkle their G3GS.
  12. NYNJ8

    NYNJ8 Adventurer

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    Just posted some details in another thread on some riding I did out in Martha’s Vineyard. Great all in all and had a chance to get “off road” for my first time. This thread has really been so helpful in choosing this bike and giving me the courage to explore less than perfect terrain. Thank you to all who have kept this thread going and provided so much valuable information.
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  13. BGilby

    BGilby n00b

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    @NYNJ8 what crash bars are those?
  14. PotatoFarmer

    PotatoFarmer n00b

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    Newcomer here.

    I’ve seen that sprockets have already been tocuhed on a bit, but I’m still havin trouble findin a 17T one.

    Besides dealerships, has anyone had any luck finding one online anywhere?
  15. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer Supporter

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    I think most are switching to 15 tooth sprockets...you can use the SEARCH button at top to search "just this thread" for ‘sprocket’ and quickly see opinions.
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  16. Alpine_ADV

    Alpine_ADV Adventurer

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    Had to get out of the house once the smoke from these wildfires cleared out a bit. Had a little bit of a whoopsie in a switchback. Little too much gas in first gear (thought I was in 2nd). Yes that’s my bar end and spacer from the hand guards. Thank goodness I was wearing my Klim gear, otherwise I think I’d have a broken forearm and separated shoulder.

    For all the little headaches, and what the Rally Raid stuff costs, I love this little bike.
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  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Hey, it's a GS. It's supposed to get all scratched up. :thumb
  18. NYNJ8

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  19. NYNJ8

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    I'm taking the baby G to the Pine Barrens Dirt 101 camp next month and really focusing on comfort and skill off pavement. I'm trying to understand how the 15T sprocket helps off road. On my previous bikes I was usually looking to go up a tooth in the front so I want to determine if this change is right for me.

    When riding off pavement, in my limited experience I felt like 1st was too short and 2nd too high for the slow speeds that I was comfortable riding. I can see how a 15T might make that same trip at that same speed more comfortable by making 2nd lower and causing me to shift between 1st and 2nd less. However once I gain comfort and increase my speed, wouldn't I be better off having a taller 2nd with a 16T?

    I don't envision myself ever doing much more than hard packed dirt and gravel and occasionally playing in the woods. Can someone give me a dumbed down explanation on how I should be considering this change?
  20. hasselman

    hasselman Motorcycle learner (since 1981)

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    I've often wondered what GS stand for. Now I know GS = Get Scratched :rofl:muutt
    In the old days, G/S stood for Gelände/Straße (German for Terrain/Road)
    In Swedish, GS stands for Grus Smisk (lost in translation)
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