There is not a better bike anywhere in the world to take the road (or no road) less traveled
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Nov. 5, 2009
2010 BMW 1200 GS Adventure – Pricing TBA and an easy 50 mpg no matter where in the world you ride.
The 2010 BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure is best described as “Unstoppable”. The bikes not only look the part but are
the epitome of adventure bikes. Excellent ergonomics, optimum gearing for every conceivable terrain no matter where in the world you are riding and a chassis that can take a beating and bring you home with a smile on your face.
With the introduction of the 2010 BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad is adding yet another chapter to the “GS Lifestyle” which for almost three decades has been known as the king of the on/off-road Adventure bikes.
Building upon the previous generation, BMW Motorrad is now enhancing the standard to an even higher level. A more powerful engine with extra torque results in even greater driving dynamics both on and off road.
Welcome to the new “GS Lifestyle”.
2010 BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure at a glance
- New, even more dynamic engine now with two overhead camshafts per cylinder and valves in radial arrangement.
- Increase in engine output by 5 per cent to 110 hp at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque to 88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.
- Increase in maximum engine speed from 8,000 to 8,500 rpm offers a wider range of useful engine speed.
- Significantly better acceleration and torque.
- Electronically controlled exhaust flap for an aggressive muscular sound.
- Color variants of the R 1200 GS: Alpine White non-metallic, Magma Red non-metallic, Ostra Greymatt metallic, Sapphire Black metallic.
- Color variants of the R 1200 GS Adventure: Smoke Grey matt metallic and Brilliant Yellow metallic.
- Optional extras and accessories tailored to the model with BMW’s usual high level of quality.
- Optional additional LED headlight.
The new flat-twin engine is the same as the Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) engine on the BMW HP2 Sport. In its latest iteration, the engine has been carefully updated and optimized for the R 1200 GS and GS Adventure, tailored to the specific requirements of a grand touring enduro.
Using the same displacement 1,170-cc Boxer engine from the previous models, the new R 1200 GS and GS Adventure offers more. Delivering maximum output of 110 HP, increasing top engine RPM’s by 500 to 8,500 rpm, and with an even broader range of engine speed, the new R 1200 GS and GS Adventure are more powerful in terms of both torque and acceleration throughout the entire RPM range.
2010 BMW R 1200 GS
New DOHC cylinder heads
A lone 2010 BMW R 1200 GS both on and off- the road.
Designed and built at the outset for higher engine speed, the new flat-twin engine like the engine featured in the BMW HP2 Sport, comes with two overhead, chain-driven camshafts per cylinder. The valves are operated by very light rocker arms able to withstand high engine speeds due to their low weight alone. Radial arrangement of the four valves is accomplished by the compact combustion chambers. Like on the former model, the fuel/air mixture is ignited by two spark plugs (HP2 Sport: one spark plug), while the compression ratio remains at 12.0:1.
Thanks to efficient knock control, the R 1200 GS and GS Adventure are spec’ed to run on premium fuel. Under certain conditions, there may be a very small loss of torque and a slight increase in fuel consumption as soon as knock control cuts in. On long tours where the rider might be required to use inferior fuel, the engine may also run regular unleaded. In fact, you can have the engine MAP reconfigured to run on regular unleaded continuously with a simple flash of the ECU free of charge from the factory.
Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the direction of travel gives the new flat-twin engine two particular technical features: Each camshaft controls one intake and exhaust valve and, due to the radial arrangement of the valves, the cams come with a conical profile. To increase both output and torque, fuel volume has been increased throughout the entire speed range by increasing valve plate diameter over the former models from 1.42–1.54 inches on the intake side and 1.22–1.30 inches on the exhaust side.
Intake and exhaust timing on the two camshafts has been optimized in particular for increased power at low and medium engine speeds and for even faster, free-revving engine performance throughout the entire range. To increase the free valve cross-section, valve lift is up by 0.415 inches on the intake and 0.365 inches on the exhaust side to 0.425 inches on both sides. Valve clearance is adjusted by light semi-hemispherical shims.
More power and extra torque
The existing ratio of bore and stroke of 3.98 : 2.87 inches remains unchanged from the former model, as does the engine’s cubic capacity of 1,170 cc. Other features likewise carried over from the previous engine are the crankshafts and connecting rods as well as their mounts and bearings, while the two new cast-aluminum pistons have been re-designed to match the change in combustion chamber geometry.
Interacting with the upgraded intake system, now featuring black instead of silver throttle butterfly manifolds as on the former model, measuring 1.97 inches instead of formerly 1.85 inches (HP2 Sport: 52 mm/2.05") opening clearance and with newly designed intake air manifolds and an air filter element with higher volume capacity, the engine now develops maximum output of 110 hp at 7,750 rpm and peak torque of 88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. An oil cooler ensures stable engine temperatures even when riding to the extreme.
In all, the modifications to the engine provide a significantly more homogeneous flow of power and torque throughout the entire speed range. In this process of technical development, the engine now features magnesium-colored cylinder head covers with two instead of the former four fastening bolts and have an even more dynamic design. A valve cover guard made of aluminum or plastic as well as a chrome-plated aluminum cylinder head cover may be installed as accessory items.
6-speed transmission with the touring bikes ubiquitous shaft drive
Power is transmitted by a proven six-speed gearbox with larger bearing diameters and a modified distance between the individual shafts. In the process, the gear ratios were changed and the finale drive has been unfortunately lowered from a 2.82 to 2.91 final
In conjunction with the new, more powerful engine, there is significantly more torque throughout the RPM range.
The maintenance-free drive shaft to the rear wheel also remains unchanged, relieving the rider of annoying and time-consuming maintenance requirements, particularly on long tours.
Proven Suspension and high-performance brakes with Integral ABS
As in the past, the torsionally-resistant front suspension incorporates the unique BMW Telelever while the rear incorporates the BMW Paralever.
An optional BMW Motorrad Integral ABS provides extremely powerful brakes providing maximum safety no matter the conditions or scenario.
Enduro ESA - Optional for optimum electronic adjustment of the suspension
Designed and built for a grand touring enduro, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) is available as an option straight from the factory. Enduro ESA allows adjustment of the suspension under any riding condition and with any load level simply by pressing a button. An important feature of the Enduro ESA is that it offers both an on road and off road mode.
Ergonomics and more practical features
The handlebar is constructed from a heat-treated aluminum tube and may be adjusted in two ergonomically different positions. The rear handlebar position is set for a more relaxed on road or light off road position while the front position offers advantages when standing up on the machine in rough terrain.
The hand protectors available as accessories for the R 1200 GS are fitted as standard on the R 1200 GS Adventure.
The windshield now comes with larger hand-bolts with even better grip for adjusting its position with greater ease.
Options and Accessories
BMW Motorrad has developed a wide range of options and accessories for further customization of the new R 1200 GS and GS Adventure. One particularly important new feature is the additional headlight in LED technology.
Options come directly from the factory and are installed during production at the Berlin Plant. Accessories and special equipment are installed by Authorized BMW Motorcycle Dealers.
2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure – On road tire equipped
2010 BMW R 1200 GS – On road tire equipped
- Enduro ESA
- BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral, on-demand)
- Exhaust system chrome-plated
- Heated HandGrips
- Hand protectors (GS Adventure: standard)
- Cross-spoke wheels (GS Adventure: standard)
- On-board computer with oil level warning
- Anti-theft warning system with remote control
- LED direction indicators
- Off road tires
- Enduro transmission (short first gear)
- Additional halogen headlight
- Power reduction to 98 hp
- Regular Unleaded capability
Styling and Design
- Aluminum case (GS Adventure)
- Case mounting brackets for Aluminum case (GS Adventure)
- Aluminum Top case (GS Adventure)
- Top case mounting bracket (GS Adventure)
- Inner bags for Aluminum case/Top case (GS Adventure)
- Back padding Aluminum Top case (GS Adventure)
- Vario case (GS)
- Case holder (GS)
- Vario Topcase (GS)
- Topcase fastening elements replacing passenger seat (GS)
- Topcase support (GS)
- Inner bags for Vario case/Topcase (GS)
- Back padding for Vario case/Topcase (GS)
- Watertight tank bag
- Soft bag 2, large, 13.5 gallons
- Soft bag 2, small, 5 gallons
SoundErgonomics and Comfort
- Cylinder head covers chrome-plated
- Front fender, in carbon
- Splashguard rear, in carbon
- HP Carbon cover for engine housing
- Headlight protector (for off road use only)
- Cap for Telelever and fork bridge
- Additional LED headlight
- Holder for additional headlight
- LED direction indicators.
Navigation and Communication
- Windshield, tinted
- Wide enduro footrests -- standard
- Adjustable footbrake lever -- standard
- Handlebar cross reinforcement
- Padding for handlebar cross reinforcement
- Rider’s seat, low (32.3") in Black*
- Rider’s seat, Grey
- Additional power socket
- Heated HandGrips
- BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
- Mount for BMW Motorrad Navigator
- Navigator function bag
Maintenance and Technical Equipment
- Hand protectors -- standard
- Spoiler guards, large, for hand protectors
- Aluminum cylinder head cover protection -- standard
- Plastic cylinder head cover protection
- Enduro skid plate protection, aluminum
- Frame guard
- Safety bolts for oil filler manifold
- Anti-theft warning system with remote control
2010 BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure Specifications
- Power reduction to 98 HP
- Paddock stand
- On-board toolkit/service kit
- LED light for on-board power socket, 16.1"
- Also available as an option from the factory.
- Capacity: 1,170 cc
- Bore/stroke: 3.98/2.87 inches
- Max output: 110 hp at 7,750 rpm
- Max torque: 88 ft-lb @ 6,000 rpm
- Configuration: Flat-twin
- No. of cylinders: 2
- Compression ratio/fuel:12.0:1/Premium Unleaded for maximum output and optional Regular unleaded tuning
- Valvetrain: DOHC
- Valves per cylinder: 4
- Intake/exhaust valve diameter: 1.54/1.30 inches
- Throttle butterfly diameter: 1.97 inches
- Fuel supply control: BMS-K+
- Emissions control: Fully-controlled three-way catalytic converter
- Alternator (W) 720 W
- Battery (V/Ah): 12/14, maintenance-free
- Headlight (W): H7
- Starter (kW): 1.1
- Clutch: Single-plate dry clutch, diameter 7 inches
- Transmission: Dog-type six-speed gearshift
- Primary ratio:1.737
- I: 2.375; optional 2.600
- II: 1.696
- III: 1.296
- IV: 1.065
- V: 0.939
- VI: 0.848
- Rear-wheel drive: Drive shaft
- Final drive ratio: 2.91
- Frame: Tubular steel frame, load-bearing engine
- Front wheel suspension: BMW Telelever
- Rear wheel suspension :BMW Paralever
- Overall spring travel, front/rear: 8.0/8.7 inches (GS Adventure)/7.5/7.9 inches (GS)
- Castor : 3.0 inches (GS Adventure)/4.0 inches (GS)
- Wheelbase: 59.4 inches (GS Adventure)/59.3 inches (GS)
- Steering head angle:65.2 degrees (GS Adventure)/64.3 degrees (GS)
Tires and Wheels
- Front: Dual disc brake, diameter 12 inches
- Rear: Single disc brake, diameter 10 inches
- Optional: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral, on-demand)
Dimensions and Weight
- Tires - Front: 110/80 R 19
- Tires - Rear: 150/70 R 17
- Wheels Cast Cross-spoke - Front: 2.5 x 19
- Wheels Cast Cross-spoke - Rear: 4.0 x 17
- Length: 88.2 inches (GS Adventure)/87 inches (GS)
- Width (overall, with mirrors): 39 inches (GS Adventure)/37 inches (GS)
- Handlebar width (without mirrors): 37.4 inches (GS Adventure)/36.6 inches (GS)
- Seat height: 35.8/35 inches (GS Adventure)/33.5/334.3 inches (GS)
- Dry weight: 492 lbs (GS Adventure)/448 lbs (GS)
- DIN (unladen weight in road trim): 564 lbs (GS Adventure)/505 lbs (GS)
- Max permissible: 1,047 lbs (GS Adventure)/970 lbs (GS)
- Tank capacity: 8.7 gallons (GS Adventure)/5.28 gallons (GS)
- Acceleration 0–62 mph: 3.95 sec (GS Adventure)/3.7 sec (GS)
- Top speed: 124 mph +
BMW R 1200 GS doing what it does best
In the sand at the BMW Off-road Performance Training Facility in Spartanburg, SC.