After months of rumour and Internet speculation BMW has finally pulled the wraps off its baby Gelände/Straße motorcycle – the long-awaited G310 GS. Built specifically for novice riders – or those who just prefer a bike of a lighter and more nimble physique – the G310 GS merges the trademark styling of its bigger siblings with a smaller 310cc single-cylinder motor that pushes out 25kW at 9500 rpm and a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm.
There’s an 11-litre fuel tank that should give you a range of around 330 kilometers as well as a fancy digital display that keeps tabs on everything from engine speed and road speed right through to average fuel consumption and engine temperature. A two-channel ABS braking system comes standard and it can be turned off for when you’re riding across trails or dirt roads.
Other highlights include 180mm of suspension travel and a relatively feathery unladen kerb weight of 169.5 kilograms. Not as light as the new Honda CRF250L Rally but still pretty svelte as dual-purpose motorcycles go. How much will it cost? BMW Motorrad SA will only be able to give us a price when it launches locally in the first quarter of 2017. But if I had to guess then I’d say that it should land in at just under the R100k mark. – Thomas Falkiner (Pics: BMW)