Like we told you in September, the 2010 BMW R1200GS borrows the DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder from the HP2 Sport to deliver more power, more torque and higher revs. Power and torque from the 1,170cc boxer-twin are up five percent to 110bhp at 7,750rpm and 88lb/ft at 6,000rpm, while the redline rises from 8,000 to 8,500rpm. There’s also a new electronic exhaust flap designed to improve the engine’s sound. Unlike the HP2 Sport, the GS retains its two spark plugs per cylinder arrangement. The engine prefers fuel with a 95-98 RON rating, but optional equipment can enable it to run on 91 RON with slightly reduced performance. Visually, the new model is virtually identical to the previous generation, with the two valve cover bolts being the easiest way to distinguish new from old (the previous model had four bolts on each cover). The press release follows.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 5, 2009…With the
introduction of the new BMW R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad 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 Motorrad is now
enhancing this standard to an even higher level. A more powerful
engine with extra torque, results in even greater driving dynamics
both onroad and offroad.
The main features of the 2010 BMW R 1200 GS 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.
controlled exhaust flap for an aggressive muscular sound.
variants of the R 1200 GS: Alpine White non-metallic, Magma Red
non-metallic, Ostra Greymatt metallic, Sapphire Black metallic.
Optional extras and accessories tailored to the model with BMW’s
usual high level of quality.
* New additional headlight in LED
technology for the R 1200 GS (accessory).
In its construction principle and fundamental layout, the new
flat-twin engine is the same as the Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC)
engine on the BMW HP2 Sport. In its latest generation, the
engine has been carefully updated and optimized for the R 1200 GS,
tailored to the specific requirements of a grand touring enduro.
With the 1,170-cc Boxer engine on the former model already ensuring
supreme power under all conditions and in all situations, the new R
1200 GS has even more to offer in virtually every respect. Delivering
maximum output of 110 hp, increasing top engine speed by 500 to
8,500 rpm, and with an even broader range of engine speed, the new R
1200 GS is even more dynamic, powerful and muscular in terms of both
torque and acceleration throughout the entire speed range — setting
the standard once again for the grand touring enduro in terms of
New DOHC cylinder heads for even more efficient cylinder charge
Designed and built at the outset for higher engine speed, the new
flat-twin engine in the R 1200 GS, 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 is 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 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 supreme 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 compensated by light
More power and extra torque throughout the entire speed range
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 capability, 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 drivetrain 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 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 are available as accessory items.
Electronically controlled exhaust flap for even more muscular sound
The exhaust system features two manifolds with the same design,
length and diameter as the previous model, while a modified
interference pipe regulates 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, the 2010 BMW R
1200 GS provides a particularly throaty boxer sound naturally in full
compliance with legal standards. To reduce ram pressure and
improve the sound of the engine even further, the rear silencer
remains the same in design as on the former model and comes with a
completely new interior structure.
Ideal transmission of power through six-speed gearbox and
Power is transmitted as before by the proven six-speed gearbox with
larger bearing diameters and a modified distance between the
individual shafts previously changed for the 2008 model year. In the
process, the gear ratios were once again changed and the final drive
has been modified from 2.82 to 2.91.
In conjunction with the new, even more powerful engine, there is
significantly more torque throughout the entire range of engine speed.
The new R 1200 GS also benefits from improved shifting with a
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.
Proven Suspension and high-performance brakes with Integral ABS
Like its predecessor, the new R 1200 GS offers an almost perfect
synthesis of offroad and onroad riding qualities. As in the past, the
stiff and torsionally-resistant suspension, front wheel control with
the unique BMW Telelever, and the rear wheel incorporating the BMW
Paralever provide first-class and improved riding qualities in
combination with the new engine offering even more power and torque.
In conjunction with optional BMW Motorrad Integral ABS, extremely
powerful brakes provide maximum safety even in critical situations.
Optimum environmental compatibility is achieved on the new boxer
engine through the most advanced exhaust gas management with a fully
controlled three-way catalytic converter.
Enduro ESA – Optional for optimum electronic adjustment
of the suspension
Designed and built for the specific requirements of a grand touring
enduro, Enduro ESA Electronic Suspension Adjustment is available on
the latest version of the R 1200 GS as an optional extra straight from
the factory. Enduro ESA allows adjustment of the suspension
under all kinds of riding conditions and with virtually any load
level, simply by pressing a button. An important feature of the
Enduro ESA is that it offers both an onroad and offroad 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 of a grand
touring enduro by additional electrohydraulic adjustment of the spring
base on the front spring strut. When riding offroad, this
ensures a far smoother ride without the disadvantages otherwise
experienced onroad, such as shorter negative spring travel or greater
Optimum ergonomics and even more practical features
The high-quality, sophisticated handlebar, constructed from a
heat-treated aluminum tube, mounted with two asymmetrical clamps,
facilitates turning by up to 180 degrees (as on the HP2 Enduro Sport)
and may be adjusted in two ergonomically different positions.
While the rear handlebar position for riding onroad and in less
demanding terrain ensures optimum ergonomics particularly for the
shorter rider, the front handlebar position offers advantages when
standing up on the machine in rough terrain.
The hand protectors available as an accessory for the R 1200 GS are
installed as standard equipment 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
newly designed dial. And last but not least, the windshield now
comes with larger hand-bolts with even better grip for adjusting its
position with greater ease.
Options and accessories tailored to both the rider and the machine
As a genuine, fully-fledged systems supplier, BMW Motorrad has
developed a wide range of options and accessories for further
customization of the new R 1200 GS. 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 are installed by
Authorized BMW Motorcycle Dealers.
* Enduro ESA
* BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral,
* Exhaust system
* Heated HandGrips.
* Hand protectors
* Cross-spoke wheels
* On-board computer
with oil level warning
* Low rider’s seat
* Anti-theft warning system with remote
* LED direction indicators
* Power reduced to 98
* 91 RON
* Vario case
* Case holder
* Vario Topcase
fastening elements replacing passenger seat
* Inner bags for Vario case/Topcase
* Back padding
for Vario case/Topcase
* Watertight tank bag
* Softbag 2,
large, 13.5 gallons
* Softbag 2, small, 5 gallons
Styling and Appearance
* Cylinder head covers chrome-plated
* Fender, front, in
* Splashguard, rear, in carbon
* HP Carbon cover for
* Headlight protector (for offroad use
* Cap for Telelever and fork bridge
* Additional LED
* Holder for additional headlight
* LED direction indicators.*
* Akrapovic sports muffler
Ergonomics and Comfort
* Windshield, tinted
* Wide enduro footrests
* Handlebar cross reinforcement
for handlebar cross reinforcement
* Rider’s seat, low
(32.3″) in Black* or Grey
* Rider’s seat, Grey
* Additional power socket
* Heated HandGrips*
Navigation and Communication
* BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
* Mount for BMW Motorrad
* Navigator function bag
* Hand protectors*
* Spoiler guards, large, for hand
* Aluminum cylinder head cover protection
Plastic cylinder head cover protection
* Engine protection hoop
* Enduro aluminum skid plate protection,
* Safety bolts for oil filler manifold
warning system with remote control*
Maintenance and Technical Equipment
* Reduction in power to 98 hp*
* Paddock stand
* LED light for on-board power socket, 16.1″
*Also available as an optional extra from the factory.
New surface and color design
The new R 1200 GS demonstrates its enhanced dynamics through new
surface design and colors. Ostra Grey matt metallic gives the R
1200 GS a particularly technical touch. Sapphire Black metallic,
on the other hand, gives the new R 1200 GS a very masculine look,
while the two non-metallic paintwork options in sophisticated Alpine
White and brilliant Magma Red highlight the sporting offroad ambitions
of the new R 1200 GS.
2010 BMW R 1200 GS Specifications
110 hp at 7,750 rpm
88 ft-lb @ 6,000
No. of cylinders 2
ratio/fuel grade 12/S 95-98 RON, max output with 98 RON,
optional 91 RON SA
Valve/gas timing DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4
Intake/exhaust valve diameter 1.54/1.30
Throttle butterfly diameter 1.97
Fuel supply BMS-K+
Exhaust management Fully-controlled
three-way catalytic converter
Alternator (W) 720 W
(V/Ah) 12/14, maintenance-free
Headlight (W) H7
Starter (kW) 1.1
Clutch Single-plate dry
clutch, diameter 7 inches
Primary ratio 1.737
Gear ratios I
drive Drive shaft
Final drive ratio 2.91
Frame Tubular steel frame,
control BMW Telelever
Rear wheel control
Overall spring travel,
front/rear 7.5/7.9 inches
Steering head angle
Dual disc brake, diameter 12
Rear Single disc brake,
diameter 10 inches
Optional BMW Motorrad
2.5 x 19
4.0 x 17
Front 110/80 R 19
150/70 R 17
Dimensions and Weight
Length 87 inches
(overall, with mirrors) 37 inches
width (without mirrors) 36.6 inches
DIN (unladen weight in road trim)
Max permissible 970
Tank capacity 5.28 gallons
Acceleration 0-62 mph 3.7 sec
speed 124 +