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VTR Customs, the dedicated custom arm of a premium BMW motorcycle dealer in Switzerland, is well-known for its work on high-end Bavarian machinery. While they've been recognized for their classy BMW R nineTs and competitive race bikes, they recently took on an unusual project – customizing BMW's entry-level G310 GS, often referred to as the 'adventure commuter.' But why? According to Dani Weidman, the shop's boss, the answer is simple: for the sheer fun of it.
"In a country with the highest population of BMW M Series cars per citizen, and where high-power bikes with all the optional extras are the norm, the G310 has a challenging existence," Dani quips. "But at VTR, we see the BMW G310 as an agile and enjoyable ride, perfect for short, after-work escapades. So we decided to make the G310 more popular in Switzerland."
The concept for 'Little Boy's Toy' quickly took shape: a fusion of classic scrambler elements, vibrant colors, and an urban, playful atmosphere. They retained enough of the original 'GS' DNA to inspire both the young and the young at heart to leave their GPS behind and venture into the great outdoors.
Dani had an additional motive. VTR's newest apprentice, Nico, had yet to tackle a custom build, and the team wanted to assess his skills. "And check if there is a sparkle in his eyes when it comes to customizing," says Dani. "The design and basic layout were presented to Nico, and yes! There was a sparkle…"
After stripping away all of the G310's stock bodywork, their primary goal became apparent: to reinstall as little of it as possible. This proved to be quite challenging due to the multiple layers of plastic. In the end, they retained only the fuel tank cover panels, trimming the side sections for a more pleasing form. Despite sounding straightforward, the team went through two sets of plastics before finding the right lines.
Still, there were gaps and unsightly wiring to contend with. They entrusted Nico with the task of hand-shaping a pair of alloy side covers. After several cardboard prototypes, Nico began working on the final metal forms. However, they held him to high standards, as Dani explains, "He now works for a Swiss customizer, meaning 'good looking' is not enough. We need high quality, robust, and a heavy-duty finish, because it must last forever, like a Swiss watch. The third try was the one we all agreed on."
The G310 GS also required new components up front, including a hand-made number board, a short alloy fender, and a classic headlight, all secured with custom brackets. They crafted a set of number boards for the rear and added a custom seat pan. VTR's upholsterer, Yves Knobel, adorned the new saddle with rich brown leather, featuring VTR's signature color-coded 'X' stitches on the side. The luggage rack was sourced from the R nineT parts catalogue, ideal for carrying a sleeping bag, and the tail light consists of a pair of three-in-one Kellermann combo LEDs.
For the finishing touches, VTR entrusted the G310 GS to Freuler in Benken for paintwork. The bike received a charming baby blue and red color scheme, with the rear shock spring revamped in black, and the frame and engine cases coated in the same bronze shade as the new BMW S 1000 RR.
Since the stock forks were already gold and the wheels black, VTR retained those elements and only swapped the stock tires for a more aggressive set of TKC80s.
The transformation of this entry-level bike involved an impressive amount of work. However, Dani assures us that any budget constraints were set aside early in the project. Even the exhaust system is top-tier, and with a fully open header and short end can, it's not street-legal. VTR included a homologated Akrapovič system to go with the bike in case it was sold.
And indeed, it did sell – on the second day of the Geneva Motor Show. VTR's booth was located amidst a group of exhaust manufacturers, and their petite G310 generated more buzz than any other bikes around. It was swiftly acquired by an ex-pro windsurfer who claims he'll never grow up.
The G310 now resides in the picturesque Engadin Valley, where it enjoys its days surrounded by lakes and mountains. Some individuals certainly know how to have all the fun!
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