BMW Enters Entry-Level Market: 2016 BMW G 310 R First Look

Bryan Harley | November 11, 2015

We recently reported on BMW releasing an entry-level, single-cylinder stunt bike concept early last month at the Salao Duas Rodas in Brazil. That concept is now a reality as BMW confirmed it is producing a small displacement roadster called the 2016 BMW G 310 R.

The G 310 R features a new water-cooled 313cc Single-cylinder engine with DOHC. Just like the Single in the stunt bike concept, the engine’s lone cylinder is tilted to the rear and the cylinder head has been rotated by 180-degrees, a move BMW says helps lower the bike’s center of gravity. Thanks to the reverse cylinder configuration, the intake is forward-mounted. The G 310 R engine puts out a reported 34hp in a machine that tips the scales just under 350 pounds.

2016 BMW G 310 R

The 2016 G 310 R is built around a bolted steel frame and tubular steel subframe. The engine serves as a load-bearing member. While its aluminum swingarm is stretched just a tad, wheelbase on the G 310 R is compact at 54.09 inches. A monoshock with preload adjustability sorts out the ride on the rear while a gold anodized 41mm upside-down fork anchors the front. Suspension on BMW’s beginner-style bike features over five inches of travel all the way around.

Like all BMW motorcycles, ABS comes standard. The braking package sees an ample-sized 300mm disc on the front mated to a 4-piston radial caliper to go along with a 240mm rotor on the back with a single-piston floating caliper. The G 310 R rolls on 17-inch cast aluminum wheels front and back, a slim 110mm tire leading the charge while the rear sees a 150mm wide swath of rubber.

2016 BMW G 310 R

The sport-minded entry-level market  just got a little more competitive thanks to BMW releasing its G 310 R.

The G 310 R has a sporty aesthetic, a small angular fairing shrouding the solo headlamp. The lines of the tank and tail are sharp and aggressive. The rider’s triangle appears fairly compact with riders positioned at a slightly forward lean. The G 310 R will be available with three seat adjustments that range from 815 to 760mm, the standard seat height set at 785mm.

The 2016 BMW G 310 R has been designed in a collaborative effort with the TVS Indian factory who knows a thing or two about building small displacement motorcycles. We know it’s headed for overseas markets, we’re just hoping it’ll be available on American shores as well. At this point, no MSRP was listed. Beginner bikes are a great gateway to brand loyalty, a factor BMW is keenly aware of with the release of its introductory G 310 R motorcycle.

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2016 BMW G 310 R Specs
Engine
Type: Water-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Bore x stroke: 80 mm x 62.1 mm (3.15 X 2.44 in.)
Capacity: 313cc
Rated output: 25 kW (34 PS) at 9500 rpm (ECE Version)
Max. torque: 28 Nm at 7500 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.6 : 1
Mixture control / engine management: Electronic fuel injection, BMS-E2
Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4
Clutch: Multiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Gearbox: Synchromesh 6-speed transmission Integrated in the motor housing.
Drive: Endless O-ring chain with shock damping in rear wheel hub

Chassis / brakes
Frame: Bolted steel frame, drive unit load-bearing, tubular steel rear frame.
Front suspension/travel: 41mm USD fork
Rear suspension: Solid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload
Suspension travel front / rear: 140mm / 131mm (5.51 in. / 5.15 in. )
Wheelbase: 1374mm (54.09 in.)
Castor: 102.3mm (40.27 in.)
Steering head angle: 64.9°
Wheels: Cast aluminum
Rim, front: 3.0 x 17″
Rim, rear: 4.0 x 17″
Tires, front: 110/70 R 17
Tires, rear: 150/60 R 17
Brake, front: Single disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, radially bolted
Brake, rear: Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad ABS

Dimensions / weights
Length: 1988mm (78.27 in.)
Width (incl. mirrors): 896mm (35.27 in.)
Height (excl. mirrors): 1227mm (48.30 in.)
Seat height, unladen weight: 785mm (30.90 in.)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled: 158.5 kg (349.43 lbs)
Fuel Tank: 11 L (2.9 gal.)

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Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.

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