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Offline Chris

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A new mini-Beemer
« on: November 20, 2015, 02:33:12 am »
Boy, I didn't see this one coming!  In more news from the Milan EICMA Show the Motorcycle-USA.com website is reporting BMW has entered the entry level market with a bike that should be pretty competitive, the G310R.  While unexpected, the move makes perfect sense to me.  The chance to exploit the emerging Asian markets is certainly there and the bike is made in India which should help keep labor costs low.  (Supposedly BMW just about exported a complete German style factory to India to build these.)  This is similar to the HD decision to build its Street model in India and market it aggressively to the Asian markets.  In addition, this is the first BMW I can think of since the old R45 from the late 70's that's been a suitable first bike for a new rider.  Notice the BMW publicity photo that shows young male and female riders?  I think that shows exactly who BMW hopes will be buying this bike and who BMW hopes will become the people buying BMW's in the next 20 years.

The bike itself is technically interesting, particularly the single cylinder engine.  It manages to produce a pretty high specific output for its displacement, 34 hp out of  313 cc, so that's all good and I bet will manage to push a bike this light down the road just fine.  Notice that the engine's cylinder tilts to the rear instead of the front and the cylinder head has been turned round so the intake is at the front and the exhaust pipe comes out the rear.  I think with the cylinder leaned back over the transmission the engine center of gravity is kept pretty much right in front of the rider and the physical length of the engine is reduced.  Remember the big deal made a few years go in sport bike circles about the advantages of centralization of mass?  Well, this one's got it. 

I also expect this one will get pretty darn good gas mileage so the fairly tiny 2.9 gallon should be no problem.  It has ABS too so that's a real plus on a starter bike.  It also looks like it's going to be a pretty good fit and comfy ride for folks under six feet and 200 pounds.  I suspect skinny twenty somethings and most women will fit best and BMW has given it the option for three seat heights to help those with smaller inseam numbers.  If you're bigger than that you might end up looking pretty much like the clown car act at the circus. But with the right sort of rider I bet this little thing will scoot and should handle pretty darn well.

The big question is how much?  I think if (big if!) BMW can keep the cost roughly competitive with the other sub-400cc bikes, particularly the Honda, then it might just have a good seller here.  But, if it's much more expensive than the Honda than the first time buyers won't be tempted by the BMW roundel on the flank.  Small bikes are very small market in the US and lately the class has had a big influx of new blood from an assortment of manufacturers so this mini-Beemer is very much going to have to earn its place in the US market.

Chris

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Seen at the Moto-usa.com website:  http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2015/11/article/bmw-enters-entry-level-market-2016-bmw-g-310-r-first-look/

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.




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.




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.




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.



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.)
« Last Edit: November 20, 2015, 07:27:19 am by Chris »
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Re: A new mini-Beemer
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2015, 02:04:04 pm »
Nice. I like it.

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Re: A new mini-Beemer
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 06:15:10 pm »
Here's a early promotional video for the Beemer G310R.  I think the bloke they picked to do the presenting and how he's dressed tells a lot about who BMW see as the target audience for the 310.  Also noteworthy is how they try to stress that this is no an entry level bike but rather a premium bike in the smaller displacement range.  Interesting...

Nice looking little scoot. No word on price yet.



Here's another video of the G310R showing it being ridden around Lisbon and the Portuguese countryside,  Doesn't really tell us much except I did think it looked like an agile and fun little scoot.  Note the German licence plate from Munich.



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Re: A new mini-Beemer
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 09:55:27 pm »
Good looking scoot.

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