BMW G310GS vs Suzuki DL250 V-Strom vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300

  • 09/11/2016


Based on the G 310 R, the new GS features much of the same technologies and hardware, including a 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces a claimed 34 hp and features a backward-tilted cylinder and cylinder head rotated by 180 degrees. This configuration lends itself to a lower center of gravity and gets more weight toward the front wheel.

At the same time, the set-up contributes to a shorter wheelbase and allows for a longer swinging, which leads to more stability. So you get agile handling, good front-end feedback, and better stability. And that, folks, is what you call a win win.


The 310 GS has a similar frame to the 310 R, but the suspension has extra travel (an added 1.6 inches up front, and extra 1.9 inches out back), with a total of 7.1 inches at each end. The rear shock is adjustable for spring preload, too. Seat height is 32.9 inches, and wet weight is 374 lbs.

Rolling stock includes a19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear that are wrapped in 110/80 R-19 and 150/70 R-17 rubber, respectively. Brakes include a four-piston caliper up front biting on a 300mm disc, and dual-piston caliper out back on a 240mm disc. ABS is standard, but can be switched off for off-road riding.


Suzuki DL250 V-Strom

DL250 shares its engine and frame with the GW250, its 248cc parallel-twin engine producing an identical 24.7 hp and 17.25 lb.-ft of torque.

Suzuki claims the engine has been optimized for better low- and mid-range torque, but as of now, there’s no specs or dyno charts to show exactly how the power curves differ.

Range is supposed to touch 300 miles on a single tank.

Weighing in at around 418 pounds, and with a seat height of 31 inches, the DL250 V-Strom should be extremely easy to swing a leg over. And Suzuki has mentioned that its ergonomics have been set up for all day comfort as well.


Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki are combining two motorcycles with a rich fan base, pairing the motor from the Ninja 300 and the stature of the Versys 650, to create the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300.

While the motor is left unchanged, the chassis and bodywork are all new and designed for a comfortable ride. The adventure styling is paired with long travel suspension and a 19 inch front wheel and 17 in back.

Make no mistake though, even though the small displacement motor puts out a decent 34 horsepower, this thing isn’t really meant for adventure or long distance riding

This Versys-X 300 should satisfy commuters or around-town riders who want something economical and comfortable, and who like to sit a little more upright.

ABS is standard, as is the slipper clutch, and the Verys-X 300 comes sitting on a 41 mm telescopic fork and gas-charged Uni-Trak monoshock out back.

As is the new craze, the Versys-X 300 comes has two optional “packs” to customize the bike. The “urban” adds handguards, a tank pad, a center stand, and a 30 liter top box, while the “adventure” adds the centerstand, tank pad, tubular engine guards, and 17 liter panniers.


Credit: cycleworld



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