For those who wanted a smaller, more compact adventure bike, but can’t wait for a new KTM anymore, another three-letter company is set to deliver.
BMW Motorrad will introduce the F 310 GS Adventure in India in the fourth quarter of 2016 following the roll-out of the G 310 R in the coming months. The F 310 GS Adventure, ‘GS’ meaning ‘Gelandestrass’ basically translating to go anywhere road or mountain, uses the same 313-cc single cylinder four-valve DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that has been reworked and specifically tuned to produce 30 PS at 8,000 RPM with a peak 27.5 Nm coming in at a meatier 5,750 RPM and staying until 7,000 RPM. A flat torque curve that peaks earlier is better suited to off-road conditions and requires fewer gear changes, leaving the rider with more mental capacity to focus on the terrain and direction.
The motor is paired to a six-speed gearbox, with the sealed O-ring chain sending power to the fat rear wheel. The choice of mechanicals do not disappoint. The front suspension is a fat 41-mm USD fork with 140-mm travel. The rear monoshock is link-mounted and can travel 190-mm. The 19-inch front wheel is wrapped in a 90/90 rubber, with the rear being a 150/60 R17. Dual-purpose tyres are offered as standard.
Add the wide handlebars, stepped seat, 19-litre tank, and provisions for mounting luggage and the F 310 GS Adventure begins to make a lot of sense. Also, at present, apart from the Royal Enfield Himalayan, there are no nearly-affordable adventure bikes out there.
We hope to give you more details once we have a Bike India exclusive first ride story for you shortly.
Disclaimer: While this may be a joy to read and seems almost too good to be true, it’s because it is. Today is April Fool’s Day so please treat this post accordingly.