Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 BMW R1200GS riding impression

Is the 2010 BMW R1200GS necessarily a better bike than its immediate predecessor...?

With the HP2’s DOHC cylinder head transplanted on to the R1200GS, BMW have further improved their definitive ‘adventure touring’ motorcycle and made sure it doesn’t fall behind its competitors from KTM, Moto Guzzi and others. Motociclismo recently tested the 2010 BMW R1200GS, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the bike:

The first impression you get when you start the bike and hear the engine idling is that someone has forgotten to fit the silencer properly. Nothing’s broken however, and the reason for that noise seems to be the bike’s new electronically controlled exhaust valve, which regulates the output and pressure of the exhaust gas depending on engine load.

A quick look at the data sheet tells us that the new R1200GS, with its twin-cam cylinder heads from the HP2, packs 110 horsepower at 7,750rpm and 120Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. With the new exhaust valve and other electronics, the 1,170cc opposed-twin meets all emissions and noise regulations and yet retains its intense, deep boxer-engine roar.

Once you get on the bike, you immediately feel at home – the seat, handlebars and chassis all feel familiar. What has changed is the engine, which now feels even more responsive, making the bike accelerate harder than before at lower revs. The new engine feels particularly strong between 5,000-6,000rpm, allowing you to accelerate out of corners harder even with a passenger on board. Also, despite feeling more powerful than the older R1200GS engine, the new one does not consume more fuel and fuel efficiency remains unchanged, at 5.8 litres per 100km.

To sum up, despite the small advantages that the new bike offers, owners of the older R1200GS needn’t necessarily feel the need to upgrade. And that says a lot about how good the R1200GS already was, before BMW decided to ‘improve’ the bike…

2010 BMW R1200GS: Technical Specs

Engine: 1,170cc, DOHC, 8-valve, air-cooled, fuel-injected Boxer-twin
Power: 110bhp@7,750rpm
Torque: 120Nm@6,000rpm
Gearbox: Six-speed, with dry, single plate clutch
Chassis: Steel tube trellis
Suspensions: 41mm Telelever (front), single side Paralever (rear), both ends electronically adjustable
Brakes: Twin 305mm discs with four-piston callipers (front), single 265mm disc with twin-piston calliper (rear)
Wheels: 19-inch (front), 17-inch (rear)
Tyres: 110/80-19 (front), 150/70-17 (rear)
Top speed: 215km/h
Average fuel consumption: 5.8 liters per 100km
Wet weight: 246kg

For the full, original article, please visit the Motociclismo website here


Timm said...

The R1200GS is old, fat and a bit pointless. Bikes like the Yamaha XT660Z, Honda XL700V and even BMW's own F800GS are so much better at on/off road usage.

Time for the big R12 to ride into the sunset..

bruno said...

Seriously Timm? :o Have you ever riden one? I've tested one (on road) last year and was very, very impressed! Not hard to see why it has been a best selling bike for years...

Mick said...

The R1200GS is the two-wheeled equivalent of the BMW X5 SUV - too big and heavy for any real 'sport' and too posh for real 'utility'

Something lighter, tighter and less complicated (the Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 maybe?) is what we really need.


Anonymous said...

the R12GS is one of the most functional do-it-all bikes in the world... only two kind of people wud choose an F800GS over an R12: wussies and pussies. and maybe those who've never ridden an R12GS.

Mark Trevit said...

The R1200GS is the perfect long-distance touring motorcycle. Forget the 'adventure' bit; just fit tyres that are better for the street and go touring. It's better, more capable and more comfortable than a Gold Wing or even BMW's own K1300GT. Forget about posing, forget about being Ewan McGregor and the Long Way Round - just ride this bike to appreciate just how good it really is.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who says they're crap bikes hasn't ridden one. It's a great all-road bike, handles beautifully, brakes better than anything I've ever ridden and it'll eat up miles in comfort. It's absolutely neutral & the paralever/telelever soaks up everything but big hits.

Not a dirt bike, per se, but if you have to have one do-it-all there's only a couple like it.

Anonymous said...

@ Tim and Mick - you gotta be joking. The "super Tenere" has now been revealed to be super heavy - 261kg! What were Yamaha thinking? Ditto the xt660 - overweight and underpowered!

NLS said...

Sorry Timm and Mick but you are clueless.

Ride it first, then judge.

Tyler said...

its light for its size though... honda's 1000cc bikes are heavier... if you get to light it becomes less comfortable on the road.

Hawkeye said...

I've done over 90,000 KM on my GS 1200 with my wife as pillion. we've been through Namibia, the Caprivi, Okavango delta and the Makadikadi pans and out the bottom of botswana. Not a hassle best bike I've ever had just ordered a new 1200 Adventure. Hawkeye

NLS said...

Hawkeye you are the type of rider this bike needs. Let others judge from behind a monitor or on the saddle of a wannabe.

Anonymous said...

Timm must have short legs but didn't want to say?!?, I have done 180k km in 10 years on various GS's, (too many of them commuting though) I love many bikes but this one still delivers in so many ways. Weekend blasts, threading traffic, interstate runs (Tasmania is God's gift to MC riders) Very jealous of Hawkeye and Namibia.

Anonymous said...

i drove a gs 1100 from 1995 till 2001.The bike was to high for me (i am 1,71),so i replaced it with an aprilia pegaso 650.Man,...was that a mistake.Now that the GS 1200 has a lower seat,i cannot wait to order a new one,and i'll never look back!!

NLS said...

Man talking about a serious downgrade. :D The 1200GS is easily one of the top three motorcycles in any category, ever, from the perspective of the RIDER. Yes you have faster, yes you have more comfortable, yes you have more technologically advanced, yes you have more off road... This "mix" though is unique. And sales show that they did something right. I drive my 1200GS EVERY day in the last 4 years and I still smile and feel I am on the best beast out there. My next one will most probably be a GS again (this GS has saved my legs twice up to now).



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