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    Thanks for the report Paul and Voni.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    ... All in all we are very pleased with the little bikes doing 400 mile days under less than ideal weather conditions.
    Paul, thx for the info. Precisely the info I am seeking in order to make the decision. Plus, the photos in the next post from Voni answered one of my questions: Have you put after-market windshields on the little bikes, or are you still using the stock wind shapers? (I see you still are using the originals equip.)

    If I can comfortable ride multiple 400-mile days (your experience proves it) then the G310 will replace my F800 and my style of riding. Yahoo!

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    A few personal observations on the G310GS

    My local dealer in Ft Lauderdale gave me the keys to their demo G310GS over Easter weekend as it needed to have some miles put on before giving it to the public for test runs..
    They know I'm OCD and won't go beyond the specs for breaking in a new bike, so I put 250 miles on the bike yesterday. This bike put a big smile on my face for sure.
    The stock bike is a bit small for me personally as I am 6'2" 200# however with a few mods it would work.
    The mods would be a taller seat (I think the standard seat is on the one I rode), bar risers, bigger foot-pegs, a windscreen of sorts and stiffer suspension.
    These are my preferences. IMHO, the stock set-up is for people weighing 150-175# and less than 6'..

    The switch gear is on par with BMW standards and the transmission is the smoothest BMW tranny have I ever shifted, even better than my '17 RT.
    For a thumper the engine is very smooth with minimal vibration, more in the footrests than elsewhere. Noise level is also low with the exhaust having a pleasant sound.
    I really wanted to take the bike on some dirt and gravel roads but since it isn't mine to begin with, I refrained from doing so but the few rough patches I hit on the rural country roads were no problem and the suspension soaked up the bumps very well with what was left of travel with my 200#. Handling is very good as it is light weight and very nimble and this would make it a great TAT or CDT bike.
    Brakes are good, but the foot pedal could be up a notch higher as I had to reach for it a bit too much.
    Lights are a bit dim and could be brighter as the new LED tech should afford brighter tail and head lights. This BTW, is the same on my '17 RT where I installed Clearwater lights front and back.
    I don't know how those OEM lights got passed by the DOT as, missing reflectors were cause for a stop sale on the GS/GSA...

    Instruments are complete and very readable even in bright sunlight so that is well done too. I can't really comment on long term MPG's as I was going different speeds and riding a brand new bike etc, but I did see 55-65 MPG on average and was laughing when I was putting $5 of fuel in the bike...
    All in all a great machine!!!
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    Paul & Voni,

    How many total miles do each of you now have on the 310's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Paul & Voni,

    How many total miles do each of you now have on the 310's?
    Voni's is at 1,700 and mine is at 1,300 but I'm trying to catch her.

    p.s. There is a reason she has accumulated 250,000 more BMW miles than I have.
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    I know this is the GS thread but I'dlike to know your thoughts.

    I'm considering a G310 R for local back road riding, including dirt roads (no off road). most ride will be less than 250 miles. I'm thinking of putting TKC 80s on the bike for a bit better dirt road bite. At some point I may change the sprockets...we'll see after I have it for a while.

    At this point I don't think I need the extra cost and height of the GS.

    Comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobzeliff View Post
    I know this is the GS thread but I'dlike to know your thoughts.

    I'm considering a G310 R for local back road riding, including dirt roads (no off road). most ride will be less than 250 miles. I'm thinking of putting TKC 80s on the bike for a bit better dirt road bite. At some point I may change the sprockets...we'll see after I have it for a while.

    At this point I don't think I need the extra cost and height of the GS.

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    Check the availability of tire sizes. I'm unsure who makes what in what size. Otherwise, if you don't need much suspension travel it ought to work. We did it years ago to make an R80ST a mini R80/GS with a raised fender and MT50 tires for an early '90s trip to Alaska.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Check the availability of tire sizes. I'm unsure who makes what in what size. Otherwise, if you don't need much suspension travel it ought to work. We did it years ago to make an R80ST a mini R80/GS with a raised fender and MT50 tires for an early '90s trip to Alaska.
    Thanks, The front TKC 80 will be a bit wider, but that will OK with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Voni's is at 1,700 and mine is at 1,300 but I'm trying to catch her.

    p.s. There is a reason she has accumulated 250,000 more BMW miles than I have.
    You have changed more tires and metric tons of oil...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDERR1150GSADV View Post
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    The switch gear is on par with BMW standards and the transmission is the smoothest BMW tranny have I ever shifted, even better than my '17 RT.
    .................
    I am at just over 300 miles on my 310 and the transmission shifting is a very long way from smooth. Compared to my old V'Strom 650, it feels like a farm tractor gearbox more than a refined motorcycle transmission. Many, many times now I pull the clutch lever all the way in slowly smoothly deliberately and shift up, the shift lever moves up as far as it would go, the indicator on the dash goes up a number, I let the clutch out smoothly and onto the gas and it revs up fast and is evidently in between the 2 gears. This mainly happens on the 3 to 4 and the 4 to 5 gear shifts. But have had a few neutrals instead of 2nd gears. Was thinking it was part of the break in period, but now not so sure. And the dealer is almost 4 hours away. lol
    The Kawasaki dealer is 15 min. away. The Honda dealer 40 min. away.
    I sure hope this purchase does not come back to bite me in the backside!!! 0_0
    I sure do love this bike and to be honest overall I enjoy this light little bike better than the past 11 bikes I have owned!

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    You should have that looked at, as I wasn’t joking about the smoothness of the transmission on my test bike. My RT is my daily driver, as I have no car, and even after several 100k miles on R bikes I still think they still shift like a tractor compared to Japanese bikes.
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    Something is amiss. Both of our 310GSs shift smoothly. False neutrals between gears usually means the shift arm is not being pulled totally through its stroke. If this is a mechanical problem it is a warranty issue.
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