2010 BMW R 1200 GS
2010 BMW R 1200
GS: Now With Dual Overhead Cams!
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The 2010 BMW R1200GS: Introduction
November 5, 2009 - BMW today announced the new 2010
R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, now with two overhead
cams per cylinder! The new radial valve
arrangement brings an increase in engine output of 5%,
to 110 HP (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 88
lb-ft (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm.
The engine now has a maximum speed of 8,500 RPM, up
from 8,000 RPM in last year's version. BMW says
that the engine design provides a wider range of useful
engine speed and significantly better acceleration,
torque and pulling power.
With the introduction of the new BMW R 1200 GS, BMW
is writing yet another chapter in the story of its
highly successful GS models which, for almost three
decades, have been the epitome of the large-capacity
grand touring Enduro.
Building upon the former generation of the R 1200 GS,
which already offered supreme power and performance as
well as a broad range of practical riding qualities for
long tours combined with supreme pleasure on winding
country and mountain roads, BMW is now enhancing this
standard to an even higher level. A more powerful
engine with extra torque, results in even greater
driving dynamics both on-road and off-road.
More new features include:
exhaust flap for a "more muscular sound".
Color variants of the
2010 R 1200 GS include Alpine White non-metallic,
Magma Red non-metallic, Ostra Grey matt metallic and
Sapphire Black metallic.
Color variants of the R
1200 GS Adventure are Smoke Grey matt metallic,
Brilliant Yellow metallic.
Optional extras and
accessories are available, also tailored to each
model with BMW’s usual high level of quality.
New additional headlight
using LED technology for the R 1200 GS is an
The 2010 BMW R1200GS: Details
Introducing the new BMW R 1200 GS and the new R 1200 GS
Adventure, BMW Motorrad is opening up yet another
chapter in the story of highly successful GS models
which, for almost three decades, have been the epitome
of the large-capacity grand touring enduro.
Moving on from the former generation of the R 1200 GS
and R 1200 GS Adventure, which already offered supreme
power and performance as well as a very broad range of
practical riding qualities for long tours combined with
supreme pleasure on winding country and mountain roads,
BMW Motorrad is now enhancing this standard, as
impressive as it already is, to an even higher level.
In its construction principle and fundamental layout,
the new fl at-twin power unit is the same as the DOHC
engine on the BMW HP2 Sport.
But marking the new generation, the engine has been
carefully updated and optimized for the R 1200 GS and
the R 1200 GS Adventure, tailored to the specific
requirements of a grand touring Enduro.
With the 1,170-cc Boxer engine on the former models
already ensuring supreme power under all conditions and
in all situations, the new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS
Adventure have even more to offer in virtually every
The new engine delivers a maximum output of 110 hp,
reaching top engine speed at 8,500 RPM (up by 500) and
with an even broader range of engine speed, the new GS
models are even more dynamic, powerful and muscular in
terms of both torque and acceleration throughout the
entire speed range. This sets the standard once
again for the grand touring Enduro also in terms of
Designed and built from the start for higher engine
speed, the new flat-twin power unit in the R 1200 GS and
R 1200 GS Adventure, like the power unit featured in the
BMW HP2 Sport, comes with two overhead, chain-driven
camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder.
The valves are operated by very light rocker arms
able to cope with even very high engine speeds through
their low weight alone. Radial arrangement of the
four valves is ensured by the very compact combustion
chambers. Like on the former models, the fuel/air
mixture is ignited by two spark plugs (HP2 Sport: one
spark plug), and the compression ratio of 12.0:1 is also
the same as before.
Thanks to efficient knock control, both models are
able to run on premium (plus) fuel with an octane rating
of 95-98 RON (maximum output is measured at 98 RON).
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 on 91 RON
regular fuel, using specific running data available as
special equipment free of charge straight from the
Horizontal arrangement of the camshafts in the
direction of travel gives the new fl at-twin power unit
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, gas throughput has
been increased throughout the entire speed range by
increasing valve plate diameter over the former models
from 36 to 39 millimeters (1.42–1.54") on the intake
side and 31 to 33 millimeters (1.22–1.30") on the
Intake and exhaust timing on the two camshafts has
been optimized in particular for supreme power at low
and medium engine speeds and for even faster,
free-revving engine performance throughout the entire
To increase the free valve cross-section, valve lift
is up by 10.54 mm (0.415") on the intake and 9.26 mm
(0.365") on the exhaust side to 10.8 mm (0.425") on both
sides. Valve clearance is compensated by light
More Power and Extra Torque
The existing ratio of bore and stroke of 101:73
millimeters (3.98 : 2.87") remains the same as before,
as does the engine’s cubic capacity of 1,170 cc.
Other features likewise carried over from the former
power unit 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 are
throttle body butterflies measuring 50 mm, up from 47 mm
(HP2 Sport: 52 mm/2.05"). The engine now features
black instead of silver throttle butterfly manifolds.
The revised opening clearance and newly designed
intake air funnels and an air filter element provide
higher throughput; the engine now develops maximum
output of 110 HP (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and peak torque of
88 lb-ft (120 Nm) at 6,000 rpm.
An oil cooler ensures stable thermal conditions even
when riding to the extreme. In all, the
modifications to the drivetrain provide a significantly
more homogeneous flow of power and torque throughout the
entire speed range.
In this process of technical development, the engines
now feature magnesium-colored cylinder head covers with
two instead of formerly four fastening bolts and come in
new, 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 retrofitted as
Moving on to the exhaust system, the two manifolds are
the same as before in their design, length and diameter,
while a modified interference pipe caters for the change
in vibration conditions in the exhaust system.
Featuring an exhaust flap controlled by an electric
motor as well as opening and closing cables, both the
new BMW R 1200 GS and the new R 1200 GS Adventure
provide a particularly throaty boxer sound naturally in
full compliance with legal standards.
And to reduce ram pressure and improve the sound of
the engine even further, the rear silencer remaining the
same in design as on the former models comes with a
completely new interior structure.
Gearbox and Driveshaft
Power is transmitted as before by the proven six-speed
gearbox with larger bearing diameters and a modified
distance between the individual shafts already upgraded
technically for the 2008 model year.
In the process the gear ratios were once again
adjusted and the secondary transmission has been
modified from 2.82:1 to 2.91:1.
In conjunction with the new, even more powerful
engine, this once again means significantly more torque
and pulling force throughout the entire range of engine
The new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure also
benefit from optimized shift kinematics with an
optimized power/travel curve for precise gearshift and
clear feedback at all times. 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.
High-Performance Brakes with Integral ABS
Like their predecessors, the new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS
Adventure offer an almost perfect synthesis of off-road
and on-road riding qualities.
As in the past, the stiff and torsionally-resistant
suspension, front wheel guidance with the unique BMW
Telelever, and the rear wheel incorporating the BMW
Paralever guarantee first-class and absolutely safe
riding qualities also with the new engine offering even
more power and torque.
In conjunction with optional BMW Motorrad Integral
ABS, extremely powerful brakes serve additionally to
provide maximum safety even in critical situations.
Optimum environmental compatibility, is also ensured
also on the new boxer engine through the most advanced
exhaust gas management with a fully controlled three-way
Enduro Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as
Designed and built for the specific requirements of a
grand touring Enduro, Enduro ESA Electronic Suspension
Adjustment available also on the latest version of the R
1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure.
ESA is available as an optional extra straight from
the factory allows adjustment of the running gear under
all kinds of running conditions and with virtually any
load level, simply by pressing a button.
An important feature is that Enduro ESA offers both
an on-road and off-road mode within which the rider,
choosing specific settings for the spring base and
damping, is able to adjust the suspension even more
precisely to specific needs and requirements.
As usual, Enduro ESA meets the particular
requirements made of a grand touring Enduro by
additional electro-hydraulic adjustment of the spring
base on the front spring strut.
When riding off-road, this ensures a far smoother
ride without the wheel breaking through, and without the
disadvantages otherwise experienced on-road such as
shorter negative spring travel or greater seat height.
Made of a heat-treated aluminum tube, the high-quality
and sophisticated handlebar, interacting with two
asymmetrically mounted clamps turning by up to 180o, as
on the HP2 Enduro Sports, may be fitted in two
ergonomically different positions.
While the rear handlebar position for riding on-road
and in less demanding terrain ensures optimum ergonomics
particularly for the shorter rider, the front handlebar
position offers advantages in particular when standing
up on the machine in rough terrain.
The hand protectors available as special equipment
for the R 1200 GS are fitted as standard straight from
the factory on the R 1200 GS Adventure.
In the process of technically upgrading the
successful R 1200 GS models, the instrument cluster has
received a new dial in new design.
And last but not least, the windshield now comes with
larger hand-bolts with even better grip for adjusting
its position with greater ease.
Optional Accessories for Rider and the
As a genuine, fully-fl edged systems supplier, BMW
Motorrad has developed a wide range of optional extras
and special equipment for further customization of the
new R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. One
particularly important new feature is the additional LED
Optional extras come directly from the factory and
are fitted during production at the Berlin Plant,
accessories and special equipment are fitted
subsequently by the BMW Motorcycle Dealer.
2010 BMW R1200GS Options Include
BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
RDC and ASC.
Heated hand grips.
Case holder (Adventure:
case support for aluminum case).
On-board computer with
oil level warning.
Low rider’s seat (R 1200
Lowered suspension (R
Anti-theft warning system
with remote control.
LED direction indicators.
(provides a short first gear on the Adventure).
Availability of power
reduced to 98 HP and 91 RON.
2010 BMW R1200GS Luggage Options
Vario case (GS) /
aluminum case (Adventure).
Case holder (GS) / case
support for aluminum case (Adventure).*
Vario Topcase (GS) /
Aluminum Topcase (Adventure).
elements replacing passenger seat (R 1200 GS).
Inner bags for Vario and
Back padding for Vario
and aluminum Topcase.
Carrier handle for
Watertight tank bag.
Watertight tank bag,
small (R 1200 GS).
Softbag 2, large, 51
Softbag 2, small, 19
2010 BMW R1200GS Design Details and Options
Cylinder head covers
Wheel cover, front, in
Splashguard, rear, in
HP Carbon cover for
Headlight protector (for
off-road use only).
Cap for Telelever and
Additional LED headlight.
Holder for additional
LED direction indicators.
Akrapović sports muffler.
Wide Enduro footrests
lever (Adventure: standard).
Padding for handlebar
Rider’s seat, low (820
mm/32.3") in Black or Grey (R 1200 GS). Rider’s
seat, Grey (R 1200 GS).
Additional power socket.
Heated hand grips.
BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
and Holder for BMW Motorrad Navigator.
Navigator function bag.
Spoiler guards, large,
for hand protectors.
Aluminum cylinder head
cover protection (Adventure: standard).
Plastic cylinder head
cover protection. Engine protection hoop (R
1200 GS). Enduro under-engine protection,
aluminum. Frame guard. Safety bolts for
oil filler manifold.
Anti-theft warning system
with remote control.
Reduction in power to 98
LED light for on-board
power socket, 410 millimeters/16.1".
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