The BMW G 310 GS is a perplexing purchase to make in the Philippines, especially with the 400 cc requirement for access to the highway. That, however, doesn’t make it a lesser bike to buy in the Philippines. Highway access, especially for expressways leading into and out of the Metro, is one of the main reasons why people splurge and buy a big bike, but if you nowhere near the expressway, nor do you need to access it at all, or if you don’t care about riding on the highway and would rather travel off the beaten path, then here are 5 reasons why the G 310 GS is a fantastic buy.
Now, it’ll be a crime to write off the engine just because it doesn’t meet the displacement requirement for the highway. With 313 ccs to play around with, you get 34 horsepower and 28 Nm of torque, which is good enough for most applications, even the highway – if it legally could. Getting up to 100 km/h isn’t hard, and the engine happily revs up and is very peppy. It can go 100 km/h with some overtaking power to spare and paired with the clutch, it feels good to wring out and good to putter along about at low speeds.
Now, adventure bikes are possibly one of the heavier segments in the market, but that’s not the case with the G 310 GS. At just 169.5 kg, the GS is just a bit heavier than a sport naked motorcycle with about the same displacement. That means that this “big bike” won’t be that intimidating to swing a leg over.
Also, the steering is pretty light and you’re also given a lot of leverage thanks to the long handlebars. Paired with the light clutch and the light shifter action, the overall feel of the bike is very good while still retaining that BMW premium feel.
Even if this bike is manufactured by TVS in India, all the parts and the designs come from Germany, but that doesn’t mean that the bike is subpar in terms of fit and finish. The bike feels solid and doesn’t feel creaky especially when you go out for a ride.
Now, there is one thing that is undeniably great about the GS, and that is comfort. From the seats to the shocks, you can sit on this bike all day, and ride all day. It’s essentially a couch on wheels and while on long stretches of road, it soaks up road imperfections and that seat shields your bum from all the bad patches of road.
Now, it goes without saying, but the BMW brand brings a lot of prestige to the buyer, however, you don’t just get a great brand to go with the G 310 GS, but you also get great aftersales and a warranty that is frankly one of the best in the Philippine motorcycle industry. With 5 years and 500,000 kilometers or whichever comes first, you won’t have to worry about the 310 at all, and if you find yourself wanting more from the German brand, your buyer will also get that incentive provided it is still in the warranty period because like the bike, the warranty itself is transferable, provided that there is still time and mileage to spare.