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Author: Rob Slade

It looks as though the days of the small adventure bikes may well be upon us. KTM is rumoured to be developing a 390 Adventure while Kawasaki and Suzuki are both said to be looking into smaller versions of the V-Strom and Versys.

But the sector, which is yet to even really get off the ground, looks as though it is about to get a whole lot more competitive following BMW confirming that a mini GS will be on the way.

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The news came from BMW Motorrad UK’s director Phil Horton who told Motorcycle Sport & Leisure that “there are plenty more bikes to come, including, hopefully in 2017, a G310R GS-style derivative.”

The A2-friendly machine is expected use the G310R as a platform while taking styling cues from its older siblings.

Long travel suspension and spoked wheels are a safe assumption while it is also thought that the 313cc single-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission will see minor tweaks to help it with its adventure touring requirements.

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The engine currently puts out 34bhp at 9,500rpm and 21lbft at 7,500rpm so we would expect the mini GS to offer something similar.

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