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BMW G 310 R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Black 2021 BMW G 310 R

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW entry level roadster, the BMW G 310 R.

The BMW G 310 R is based on a 313 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. It’s quite sporty and makes its peak power of 25 kW/34 hp at 9500 rpm, with peak torque of 28 Nm (21 ft-lb) at 7500 rpm.

The G 310 R is based on the same thumper engine as you’ll find in entry-level adventure tourer, the BMW G 310 GS. Maintenance for both is quite similar, with wide intervals and high reliability.

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What you need to service the BMW G 310 R

Servicing your BMW G 310 R is easy — everything is quite accessible, and there’s only one cylinder, so you could even try your hand at a valve clearance check.

Below are the consumables and replacement parts you’ll need to service your BMW G 310 R. We also have recommended some commonly available cheaper (but high-quality) alternatives.

ItemBMW G 310 R spec
OilUse SAE 5W-40 API SJ / JASO MA2 oil. BMW recommends BMW Motorrad Advantec Ultimate engine oil.
Oil filterThe G 310 R takes a BMW filter part 11428562889. Many filters will fit, e.g. a K&N HP-1008 (source: this thread)
Air filterUse a BMW part 13718556564, or a K&N BM-3117 alternative.
Spark plugThis BMW requires a NGK LMAR9D-J spark plug. It’s part number 12127719772 if you get it from a dealer.
Brake fluidUse BMW DOT 4 brake fluid.
Brake padsBMW pads kit: 34212345449
Front rotor: EBC FA606HH
Rear rotor: EBC FA213HH
CoolantBMW recommends you use BMW Coolant with its motorcycles
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste for convenient and cheap chain lubrication.
Cable maintenanceProtect all cable life is a well-recommended cable lube.
BMW G 310 R standard service items

Maintenance Schedule for the BMW G 310 R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW G 310 R. It’s the same as the one you’ll find in the manual, but formatted for web display, and made less repetitive.

Essentially there are three service intervals

  1. The annual standard service check, including an oil/filter change change
  2. Change the oil/filter every 10000 km anyway
  3. Major service every 20000 km, with some other items every 40000 km.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • At the end of the intervals, continue in the pattern every one, two, or four intervals.
  • The break-in service is between 500-1200 km (0.3-0.75 mi) and involves an oil/filter change plus a check for leaks and tightening. A dealer usually does this.
  • Where there is a time-based interval, follow the earlier of the two.
  • Chain set: The 2016 version of the manual required changing chain and sprockets ever 12000 miles / 20000 km. This was omitted from future manuals.
km x 100010203040
mi x 10006121824Every
Standard BMW service (see below)Year
Engine oil change with filter (BMW Motorrad Advantec Ultimate, K&N HP-1008)XXXXYear
Replace air cleaner insert (BM-3117)XX
Replace chain set (see notes)XX
Replace spark plug (LMAR9D-J)XX
Check valve clearanceXX
Telescopic fork oil changeXX
Replace fuel filter and fuel hosesX4 years
Replace hoses from intake silencer to cylinder head and evaporative emission valveX4 years
Change brake fluid in entire systemAfter 1 year, then every 2 years
BMW G 310 R service schedule

BMW Standard Annual Service for the G 310 R

The “Standard Service”, which has to be done every 12 months, is below.

Items marked [D] are those that need dealer tools.

BMW G 310 R — Regular annual service
[D] Performing the vehicle test using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system
Check coolant level
Check/adjust clutch play
Check for play in the throttle cable
Check the front brake pads and brake discs for wear
Check the rear brake pads and brake discs for wear
Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses, and connections
Check the tire pressure and tread depth
Check and lubricate the chain drive
Check the front wheel brake fluid level
Check the rear wheel brake fluid level
Check steering-head bearing
Lubricate the side stand
Check the lighting and signal system
Functional check for engine starting suppression
Final inspection and road safety check
[D] Set the service date and remaining distance using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system
Check charging state of battery
[D] Confirm the BMW service in the vehicle literature
Standard annual/12-month service, BMW G 310 R

About the BMW G 310 R

The BMW G 310 R is BMW’s entry into the “entry-level roadster” segment, competing against other high-end small-capacity bikes like the KTM Duke 390 and the Yamaha MT-03.

The BMW G 310 R is a change of tune for BMW in a number of ways.

The most important thing is that it’s a great entry point for someone who just got their license (particularly if they have new rider restrictions, like the A2 or LAMS schemes in Europe and Australia/NZ), but wants to buy into the BMW brand. The BMW G 310 R is modestly powered, reliable, has decent safety equipment (ABS standard), is light weight, and is actually affordable.

Even though BMW uses outsourced manufacturing for the G 310 R, the product is very high quality. Parked next to the top-of-the-line S 1000 R naked, it looks similar. It doesn’t look cheap, anyway.

The core of the BMW G 310 R is a 313 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected DOHC engine that makes 25 kW (34 hp) at 9500 rpm. It’s sporty and will actually give you a blood rush as you rev it out quite a bit in everyday riding, unlike most bikes that BMW makes that produce over 100 hp (I know, some people will rev out an S 1000 RR but we’re not all you, and this bike isn’t for you then!)

The suspension and braking on the G 310 R are also competent. It’s not adjustable, but the tyres are Michelin Pilot Street tyres, and everything does its job without making you cry in pain at bumps or feel like you’re wallowing through every corner, as you might on a much cheaper bike.

If you’re worried about the smoothness of a single — don’t. This is a BMW. The engine has a balancer shaft, and the handlebars are cushioned. I don’t know anyone who has complained of vibrations on the G 310 R, unlike on the pre-2017 S 1000 R which people reported as “buzzy” (granted that at that price point people have sky-high expectations).

Pretty much the only bad thing you can say about the BMW G 310 R is that it exists alongside the KTM 390 Duke. If you can put to one side questions about KTM reliability — which is a big ask, mind you (just google “KTM 390 oil leak”) — the KTM looks like a better bike.

But if you want an entry-level bike or are keen to downsize, the G 310 R is great for a lot of riders.

Manual for the BMW G 310 R

The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the BMW G 310 R. You can download it from BMW here.

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