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    LED Lights...bloody hell.

    I actually forgot this was part of the big sales pitch for the new line of bikes.

    Then I pulled into the parking garage at work and the lights came on automatically and I was ASTOUNDED by the difference it makes. It's not like I've ever even had a problem with the lights on my bike but the difference in this case is quite literally night and day.

    If this isn't a standard option it's the one I would pay good money for having, it just makes that much of a difference.

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    When I was about to leave the dealership I noticed the base plate on the back seems suspiciously similar to my own. Went over to my bike and took off the top box and would you believe it there it bolted right on and I didn't need my uncomfortable backpack which I usually hate about the bike swapping experience.

    Apparently, this is a change with the entire line of bikes where they will all use a uniform setup inherited from the big bikes now, which made sense as I remember being surprised to see my top box fitted to the baby G310 series.

    Side cases are a different story though and will be bespoke to this series. Looking around the bike it seems like a very neat setup that hooks into the frame directly instead of using hangers off the sides like most bikes that look horrible when nothing is fitted.

    I do believe this is all standard so no added cost there either.

    Yes, but how does it ride.

    So it needs to be said that I've never truly enjoy the GS experience. Not the big 1200 with its weird suspension and not the baby versions either for being utterly boring engine wise and also wallowing all over the show and just generally feeling a little disconnected to me AS A ROAD RIDER. I would take the Triumph Tiger each and every time for having a much nicer engine experience and also just communicating to me better overall. Again as a ROAD RIDER who wouldn't be taking it offroad.

    The G310GS is probably the one that I found myself the most in love with.

    I honestly can't comment on the offroad prowess of any of them.

    The best I've done is accidentally hit a massive unpainted speed bump with this thing at 60km/h or more and expecting to go arse over head and meanwhile, it didn't even blink and I didn't even feel it. So if that counts as an offroad test then it's amazing.

    Staying to the road ride though I genuinely had a good time with handling and comfort. The seat is very sticky so there is no moving off it easily but then there also isn't any real need to. If anything it makes you want to put your leg out supermoto style rather than get your knee down. You are planted forward and more on the engine giving it a very front biased feel and sharper to communicate back to you.

    While I did feel it lacked the power that might be addressed in the bigger brother bike when it comes to in gear acceleration and overtaking, this was really a non issue in open stretched and hitting it over De Waal drive with only minor traffic it made for an awesome fun ride and kept pace happily well beyond the limits on the signs....

    You never feel the weight of the bike working against you and the suspension was such that I actually have no comments about it either way which is excellent.

    Should you buy it?

    So I had no idea what this thing costs when I got on it so there is nothing but objectivity there.

    I also have no idea what the standard spec is and exactly what that includes but my suspicion based on the BMW website is that the eye-watering R184 653.00 "from" price actually includes all the fiddly bits like ESA, heated grips, cruise control and possibly even the Shift Assist and Navigation but please don't take my word for it I'm only guessing here.

    As much as I'm out of touch with the cost of things that seems like a ridiculous amount of money to me for what is essentially a "little bike" even one that has pretty much all the features of the big ones now.

    Much like the F700 before it I never understood why one would buy that instead of the F800. The same is true here with the F850 offering much more power for only marginally more money so again I don't understand why this bike exists.

    More so if BMW's website is to be believed you can buy the outgoing R1200RS (my bike) for not much more money and I'm sure a few others make that list to so one has to ask yourself would you rather buy a brand new bike with more fiddly bits and power overall while sacrificing basically just a fancy display...or would you buy the new less of everything option.

    There is also a weird something to be said for the 1200 (now 1250) Boxer motor being cheaper to maintain.

    Needless to say I'm keeping my RS...

    Why? Because regardless of all the above reasons this thing is ugly as sin and I couldn't live with myself if that was in my garage and I had to greet it every morning.

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    I'm now officially not a bike owner anymore.

    My beloved orange beastie is gone - what a relationship we had








































    Good times
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    Bikeless just temporarily? I may be bikeless soon but only for a short while.

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    I'm not sure. Will have to see, not forever but will probably be a while.

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