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While Malaysia still awaits the official release of BMW’s “baby” Motorrad, the G310 R, BMW has announced the international arrival of the dual-purpose styled 2017 BMW G310 GS. Drawing heavily on BMW’s heritage of Gelande/Strasse (land/street) machines, the G310 GS looks like smaller version of the massive R1200 GS overlander machine.

Using the 313 cc DOHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder that is used in the G310 R, the G310 GS has 34 hp at 9,500 rpm on tap, with 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. All this pushes a package that weighs 169.5 kilogrammes, which is a DIN number, not a manufacturer’s claim.

Two-channel ABS – which can be user deactivated – comes standard, and suspension is with upside-down forks and a monoshock in the rear. The front wheel is a 19-inch unit, while the rear wheel uses a 17-inch hoop, held by an aluminium swingarm.

BMW Motorrad has not indicated when the 2017 G310 GS will enter the market, or what the likely pricing might be. It should be noted that the G310 GS is designed to be an all-markets machine, which means the engine meets all worldwide regulations.

As for the BMW Motorrad G310 R, BMW Motorrad Malaysia has remained non-committal about its likely local launch date. While the quarter-litre class roadster has been seen on display in roadshows, and we’ve had a close up look at it in Bangkok and Jakarta, it remains a game of wait and see.