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After all the hype, seeing the bike at the motor show in Bangkok and lots of speculation, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R is finally on show in Malaysia at Chear Motorrad Puchong. However, the bike will only be on display today and tomorrow there, before shipping out to another showroom.

As Motorrad’s offering to the entry-level/small displacement market, the G310R was much anticipated after news first broke last year that BMW was producing it’s first small-displacement motorcycle in nearly 60 years. The 2016 G310R was developed in conjunction with BMW Motorrad’s Indian manufacturing partner, TVS.

The G310R comes with a 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that has a claimed 34 hp and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The cylinder orientation is reversed, putting the intake facing forward. This lets the engine be tilted a little further forward to place weight over the front wheel, while giving the exhaust a straight path to the rear.

Paired to the engine is a six-speed mutli-disc wet clutch transmission, which allows for a 0-100 km/h time of just 7.85 seconds. Other bits include adjustable rear wheel suspension, with up to 10 levels of adjustment. Greeting the rider is a fully digital instrument cluster that also displays, aside from various other functions, the current gear selected.

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The front brake discs are 300 mm in diameter, and utlises a ByBre (by Brembo) four-piston caliper, with two-channel ABS. The rear is a 240 mm disc with a single-piston caliper. This small BMW, with 17-inch wheels, is targetted at the new rider, or the rider who simply wants a simple, easy-to-use daily rider, who wants a high quality, reliable motorcycle. Seat height is a less than intimidating 785 mm, allowing for riders to plant their feet with confidence.

Weighing in at 158 kg, an easily manageable weight for any rider, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R comes in three colours – Pearl White metallic, Cosmic Black/Polar White and Strato Blue metallic. No pricing was revealed but we were told that it would be more than the RM25,000 advertised on local classifieds website Mudah recently. October 2016 was the tentative launch date according to staff there. The G310R might be this year’s most anticipated motorcycle. Rivals to the G310R include the KTM 250 Duke at RM21,021, the Benelli TnT300 at RM20,129 and the Kawasaki Z250SL at RM15,389.

What do you think? The next big sensation in the Malaysian motorcycle scene or flash-in-pan because the G310R requires a ‘B’ license to ride? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.