10. BMW G310R

From what was once largely a 250cc one-horse affair (Kawasaki Ninja 250), the beginner-ish sportbike category has grown in both the size of its engine displacement as well as the amount of available models. Joining the Ninja (now 300) is the Honda CB/CBR300, KTM RC390/390 Duke and Yamaha YZF-R3 (and for markets outside the U.S., the Kawasaki Z300 and Yamaha MT-03). Add to that mix the G310R, BMW’s first roadster under 500cc. The small-displacement sportbike category has never been this strong, and the vitality of the segment is certain to have positive impacts on the motorcycle industry in general.

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Powered by a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve DOHC 313cc Single, producing a claimed 33.5 hp at 9500 rpm and 20.7 lb-ft. of torque at 7500 rpm, and wearing less than full-fairing coverage, the G310R looks to be a direct competitor for KTM’s 390 Duke and Honda’s CB300F. The G310R isn’t expected to reach dealerships until the third quarter of 2016, so any riding opportunity is most likely months away, with a direct comparison to the KTM and Honda after that. Rest assured, the BMW G310R will get ridden and held accountable to its competitors.

The BMW G310R Versus The World