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ADV NewsBMW Announces Updated G310GS for 2021

BMW Announces Updated G310GS for 2021

Updates to the Baby GS make it more approachable and enjoyable to ride.

Published on 10.09.2020

BMW has announced a fresh round of updates to the smallest member of its GS line, the G310GS. With its budget-friendly price, the ‘Baby GS’ has been attracting a new generation of adventure riders to the Bavarian marque since it was first introduced in 2016. Now this compact model receives a number of key updates to make it even more approachable, safer and more enjoyable to ride.

EU-5 Compliant Single-Cylinder Engine 

The new BMW G310GS receives emissions changes, making it Euro 5 and BS6-compliant. The heart of the bike is still a 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with four valves and electronic fuel injection. The cylinder inclination to the rear and the cylinder head rotated by 180 degrees with intake at the front and exhaust at the rear remain the design characteristics. This arrangement follows the logic of optimal combustion air ducting and results in a particularly compact vehicle architecture pumping out 34 horsepower (25 kW) at 9,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 21 ft-lbs (28 Nm) at 7,500 rpm. 

Automatic Idle Boost & Electronic Throttle Grip

For use in the new BMW G310GS, the engine has been equipped with a so-called “electronic throttle grip” (electromotive throttle controller) and now offers an even more sensitive throttle response. Automatic idle speed increase when starting also prevents a possible sudden stalling of the engine. The self-boosting anti-hopping clutch is also new. It reduces engine drag torque and provides a significant increase in driving safety – particularly during braking maneuvers involving simultaneous downshifting. It also offers significantly reduced operating forces at the clutch lever.

New LED Headlight & LED Turn Signals


Whereas the BMW G310GS was already equipped with brake lights in LED technology, the new BMW G310GS now has a full-LED headlight for even better visibility at night and LED flashing turn indicators for increased visibility in traffic. The new LED headlight ensures particularly bright and homogeneous illumination of the road. Due to the modified connection, distracting vibrations of the light cone are a thing of the past. The three light functions: high beam, low beam and daytime driving light (depending on the country) can be conveniently operated using the left handlebar controls.

Adjustable Hand lever For Brake & Clutch

Both, the clutch lever and the handbrake lever are now adjustable in four stages. It thus now provides ergonomic benefits – particularly for people with small hands. Stage 3 of the brake lever adjustment corresponds to the grip width until now. In the 1st position the brake lever is 6 mm closer to the handlebar.

Two Exclusive Style Variants

The new BMW G310GS can be recognised at first glance by  its characteristic windscreen, high front fender, GS flyline and short, high rear end. It has the main elements, and colors of the large BMW R1250GS models as well as a dynamic appearance from the front thanks to the new LED headlight design. Also, all three color variants of the BMW G310GS have in common the engine housing covers for the alternator, clutch and water pump, now painted in metallic titanium grey.

In addition to the typical GS colors in white with the basic color plain polar white and tank side panels in grey, the new BMW G310GS adds a new “40 Years GS” color as well as a Rallye style variant with a frame painted red and Kyanit blue metallic for the tank center cover and front.

As the “40 Years GS” edition, however, the BMW G310GS is based on a famous historical model from the BMW GS history – the R 100 GS. Accordingly, it is in black and yellow – with the basic color cosmic black and yellow graphics on the tank side panels. Just in time for the anniversary, BMW Motorrad is also presenting a new rider equipment collection.

BMW hasn’t announced pricing for 2021 yet. For more information go to the BMW Motorrad site.

2021 BMW G310GS Specs

engine:Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts and finger followers, wet sump lubrication
Bore x stroke:80 mm x 62.1 mm
Capacity:313 cc
Rated output:34 hp (25 kW) at 9,500 rpm
Max. torque:21 lb-ft (28 Nm) at 7,500 rpm
Compression ratio:10.6 : 1
Mixture control / engine management:Electronic fuel injection
Emission control:Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4
Maximum speed:89 mph
Fuel consumption:71 mpg (WMTC)
Fuel type:Premium Unleaded
Alternator:Three-phase 308 W generator
Battery:12 V / 8 Ah, maintenance-free
Clutch:Multi-plate wet clutch, mechanically operated
Gearbox:Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, integrated in motor housing
Drive:Chain drive
Frame:Tubular steel frame with bolted rear frame
Front wheel location / suspension:Upside down fork, Ø 41 mm
Rear wheel location / suspension:Solid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload
Suspension travel front / rear:7.1” / 7.1” (180 mm / 180 mm)
Wheelbase:55.9” (1,420 mm)
Castor:3.9” (98 mm)
Steering head angle:63.3°
Wheels:Cast aluminum wheels
Rim, front:2.50 x 19″
Rim, rear:4.0 x 17″
Tires, front:110/80 R 19
Tires, rear:150/70 R 17
Brake, front:Single disc 300 mm, 4-piston front caliper 
Brake, rear:Single disc, 240 mm single-piston rear caliper 
ABS:BMW Motorrad ABS
Length:81.8” (2,075 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors):34.7” (880 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors):48.5” (1,230 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight:High Seat: 33.5″, Standard Seat: 32.9″, Low Seat: 32.3″
Inner leg curve, unladen weight:High Seat: 74.8″, Standard Seat: 73.6″, Low Seat: 72.4″
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled:374 lbs (169.5 kg)
Permitted total weight:761 lbs (345 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment):387 lbs (175.5 kg)
Usable tank volume:2.9 gal (11 l)
Reserve:Approx. 0.3 gal (1 l)

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Vince Crosbie (@HavanaPint)
Vince Crosbie (@HavanaPint)
October 9, 2020 8:48 pm

So, slipper clutch, ride by wire, adjustable levers, couple of new colours and no switchable ABS anymore. Not much of an update is it?


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