Entry-level bikes too often feel like entry-level bikes. Even if they don't have training wheels, they have the vibe of early bikes that are quickly outgrown and forgotten.
Η BMW έχει ξεφύγει από αυτή την παγίδα με το G 310 R, το οποίο είναι μια ιδανική μοτοσυκλέτα εκκίνησης λόγω της προσιτής τιμής των 4.995 δολαρίων, of rider-friendly low seat that makes it easy to plant both feet on the ground and its 349 lbs. tare. The company even dropped the regular $495 destination charge to $245 to keep the price affordable for budget shoppers.
BMW tells me the G 310 R is the favorite in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse. It's easy to see why, considering the bike's combination of sharp style and ease of use.
But anyone who decides to start with a G 310 R shouldn't feel like it's a temporary ride, waiting to be replaced by a "real" bike once the owner gains some experience. That's because the G 310 R provides "real" big tech, such as standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a sophisticated suspension that includes an inverted fork for the front wheel and a long-wheelbase cast aluminum wishbone for the rear.
Fork inversions (also called "upside down" forks) bolt the heavy forks' sliders into the triple clamps that secure them to the bike's handlebar head, leaving the lightweight tubes to stretch up the axle. This leaves the lighter tubes as the unsprung mass that must travel up and down with the road surface while the heavier section is fixed in place. This contributes to greater front suspension response.
Meanwhile, the long swingarm on the rear axle gives the bike more stability compared to a short swingarm.
The value of anti-lock brakes should be self-explanatory, but to recap, BMW's computer prevents riders from locking a wheel under heavy braking. In a car, this creates a skid and extends stopping distances. On a bicycle, if the front wheel locks up, it tends to slide immediately to one side or the other and throw the rider to the ground.
If the rear wheel locks, the bike will start to slide sideways. The typical reaction of riders to this is to release the pressure on the rear brake. Doing this while the bike is not facing the direction of travel, when the rear tire regains traction causes the bike to launch the rider into a spectacular and painful "high side" crash.
ABS is worth its weight in cryptocurrency because it prevents both types of accidents by ensuring that the wheels keep turning until the bike comes to a complete stop. It is also important because most riders, when faced with possible conflict, they fail to hit the brakes hard enough. Ideally, knowing they can't lock up the brakes will encourage more riders to brake harder, so maybe more of them stop short of hitting the obstacle in front.
Regardless, the driving of the Cosmic Black G 310 R test bike was fun enough to put such sober thoughts to the background. I had the chance to test it alongside BMW's sexy S 1000 R and can confirm that the smaller bike held its own while traversing the mountain peaks, thanks to its advanced suspension and light weight.
He also emphasized the user-friendliness of the G 310 R. While the S 1000 R has a very steep clutch friction point and brakes that grip aggressively with the slightest application of pressure (much like Ferrari brakes), the G 310 R has a wide point clutch friction and progressive grip brakes, making it very easy for even novice riders to pull away from a stop and then hit the curb like the pros instead of the amateurs they are.
Like most of today's generation of entry-level bikes, the G 310 R has only one cylinder in its 313 cc engine, when previous small bikes would have had smoother twin-cylinder engines. But BMW's 34bhp single incorporates a compensator, so it revs to a surprisingly high 9.500rpm redline. with unexpected smoothness. This makes it easy to keep the engine revving as much power as possible while clicking through the six-speed gearbox, leaving the G 310 R feeling quite powerful.
The bike's engine has an unorthodox configuration, with the cylinder tilted back like the rear half of a Harley-Davidson V-twin. As with the Harley's rear cylinder, this puts the system intreatmentBMW's front, with the exhaust pipe coming out the back, which is the opposite of most single-cylinder bikes.
The rear-leaning cylinder lets the bottom of the motor and the heavy drive shafts that sit there slide forward, shifting the balance of the bike to the front wheel for more stability. It also clears space behind the gearbox for the aforementioned long rear swingarm.
All of this speaks to the benefit of rethinking the engineering challenge at the outset of a project and rejecting convention to achieve a superior outcome. The G 310 R is fun for riders of all levels, not just beginners. But he treats them especially well, as does the Foundation's school of riders Safetyof Motorcycles. The BMW engineering team should be proud of their clever solutions to create an economical motorcycle that is a true BMW.