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2018 BMW G310GS rolling review and mods

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Jarrett - have you checked the Jenny Morgan's ADVRider link that was listed on page 1?

She has added the upgraded Rally Raid suspension to the GS310 and has done the TAT with the bike - her blog & comments on capabilities after the Rally Raid upgrade are very informative (she also did the same thing on a Honda CB500X with Rally Raid upgrade) here's the link again. https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/beemer-beemer-chicken-deener.1294883/

As Leon stated, upgrading the suspension is the main thing (but not a cheap solution) - also on the GS310 changing the sprocket size to get lower gearing can be helpful - this is also covered in Jenny's blog.
 

Jarrett

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Thanks Tom, I need to read that.

I am on the hunt to find this:

Street legal
Fuel Injected
Liquid Cooled
35+ hp
6-speed transmission
Under 400 lbs.
Good, off-road capable suspension and clearance
Preferably 21/18 wheels
200 mile range
All-day comfortable seat

Seems like the 310 GS hits several of those in stock form minus suspension.

What I really want is a 400-500cc Africa Twin DCT :)
 
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Thanks Tom, I need to read that.

I am on the hunt to find this:

Street legal
Fuel Injected
Liquid Cooled
35+ hp
6-speed transmission
Under 400 lbs.
Good, off-road capable suspension and clearance
Preferably 21/18 wheels
200 mile range
All-day comfortable seat

Seems like the 310 GS hits several of those in stock form minus suspension.

What I really want is a 400-500cc Africa Twin DCT :)
Rally Raid Level 2 (old Stage 3) CB500X may be closest to meeting all you wants - except weight (goes about 430lbs) & 19" front wheel

Here's some additional video links you might find interesting.

Rally Raid GS310 Australia build / test ride video
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdKY8ko7Kf0"]Rally Raid Products BMW G 310GS - build, test, discussion, prep for adventure - YouTube[/ame]

Rally Raid GS310 - Juan Browne / Jenny Morgan detailed review video
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7oFzQ9QHU"]Rally Raid BMW G310 GS Detailed Review - YouTube[/ame]

Rally Raid CB500X - Juan Browne / Jenny Morgan videos
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IeqS0zIUCA"]Rally Raid CB500X Adventure Level I vs. Level II - YouTube[/ame]
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lya5ylSRTSM"]Jenny Morgan's Rally Raid CB500X Adventure Build - YouTube[/ame]

Rally Raid CB500X vs Stock Africa Twin - Juan Browne video
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm-GiCs3tbc"]Honda Africa Twin and the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure Side by Side - YouTube[/ame]
 
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The CB500X with RR LVL3 is still on my short list. I like the GS310 I just don't think I'd like riding it on the highway.
 
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Picked mine up a couple weeks ago.
Great little bike for sure. Does just fine on the highway for me.
Farkling has begun with Rox Risers and new windshield.
More to come.
 

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Thanks Tom, I need to read that.

I am on the hunt to find this:
KTM 690 or Husky 701
Street legalYes
Fuel InjectedYes
Liquid CooledYes
35+ hpAlmost double that
6-speed transmissionYes
Under 400 lbs.Almost 100lbs. less
Good, off-road capable suspension and clearanceYes
Preferably 21/18 wheelsYes
200 mile range150 in stock form lots of options to add
All-day comfortable seatSeat concepts or other

Seems like the 310 GS hits several of those in stock form minus suspension.

What I really want is a 400-500cc Africa Twin DCT :)
I realize there is a great gulf between the GS310 and 690/701. I think if you want a gravel road two track forest road bike the GS310 might be that bike. I think if you want to adventure a little further in the woods the 690/701 would be a better fit.

I would like to here how thumper_tx compares the GS310 to the older GS650 singles after he has it for awhile.

Leon any chance you are riding the GS down to Needville for the pie run this weekend?
 
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Kinda hoping Honda does a CRF450L Rally. That might be a sweet bike.
Only if they do a serious revamping of the maint schedule.

600mile oil changes and 1800 mile valve checks would make for an interesting BDR ride anyway.



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I like it, with the new shock it is nimble yet stable, rides good and is eager to go.


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Generally it would require taking the whole front end apart, side panels, tank cover, and front plastics. But I discovered it was possible to squeeze the headlight out and pop the new one in making it pretty easy.
The new light has a standard connections for the main light and the marker lights.


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Generally it would require taking the whole front end apart, side panels, tank cover, and front plastics. But I discovered it was possible to squeeze the headlight out and pop the new one in making it pretty easy.
The new light has a standard connections for the main light and the marker lights.


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How much brighter is it than the factory light? Do they make one for my BMW GS 650 twin?
 

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How much brighter is it than the factory light? Do they make one for my BMW GS 650 twin?
compared to the stock light with the stock bulb it is a fare bit brighter and puts out a much wider pattern.
yes they do!
from a American web site https://mattgeckoleds.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fled-headlight-f800gs-and-adv-f800r-f700gs-f650gs

from the Chinese supplier the American site probably gets theirs from
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Headlamp-Assembly-For-BMW-F800GS-F700GS_60749785277.html?spm=a2700.7724838.2017115.23.318c56e0esW8JF
 
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compared to the stock light with the stock bulb it is a fare bit brighter and puts out a much wider pattern.
yes they do!
from a American web site https://mattgeckoleds.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fled-headlight-f800gs-and-adv-f800r-f700gs-f650gs

from the Chinese supplier the American site probably gets theirs from
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Headlamp-Assembly-For-BMW-F800GS-F700GS_60749785277.html?spm=a2700.7724838.2017115.23.318c56e0esW8JF

The install sounds way simpler on my BMW. Looks like 2 screws.
 

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after almost three months wait my side racks finally came in on Christmas eve!
ready for Alaska now LoL
well, I'll start with Canada first.
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also got a rotopax 1 gal container that will be going inside the left case in that big empty spot.
 
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