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Like the 2010 BMW R1200RT and 2010 BMW R1200GS, the 2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure is getting the HP2 Sport's DOHC, eight valve engine too. The power bump is identical to the GS--now 110bhp and 88lb/ft of torque-- as is the sound-improving exhaust flap and the only visual difference being the two, as opposed to four, valve cover bolts. Press release below. >

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 5, 2009...No wonder
it's called unstoppable!  The BMW G 1200 GS Adventure looks
as if it invented the term - and it certainly has defined it in the
motorcycle world. This is partly due to the range of features which
have become almost as legendary as the bike itself. On this machine
you can handle potholes with 20 mm more clearance than on the R 1200
GS.  Add to that excellent ergonomics, optimum gearing for every
terrain, and a chassis which - whether fully loaded or not - will
allow you to thrill your passenger as well as surprise anyone ahead of you.

With the introduction of the 2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW
Motorrad is adding yet another chapter to the epic adventure 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 and R 1200 GS
Adventure, 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 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 with an even wider power band.
* Significantly
better acceleration and torque.
* Electronically controlled
exhaust flap for an aggressive muscular sound.
* Color variants
of the R 1200 GS Adventure: Smoke Grey matt metallic
       Brilliant Yellow
* Options and accessories tailored to the model with
BMW's usual high level of quality.

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
Adventure, 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 Adventure has even more to offer in virtually every
respect.  Delivering maximum output of 110 hp, reaching top
engine speed now increased by 500 to 8,500 rpm, and with an even
broader power band the new R 1200 GS Adventure 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 riding dynamics.

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 Adventure, 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 Adventure 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 fuel injection 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 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 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 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.

Electronically controlled exhaust flap for  an aggressive 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 new BMW R
1200 GS Adventure 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 drive shaft

Power is transmitted as before by the proven six-speed gearbox with
larger bearing diameters and a modified distance between the
individual shafts previously upgraded technically for the 2008 model
year. In the process, the gear ratios were once again changed and the
finale drive has been modified from 2.82 to 2.91.

In conjunction with the new, more powerful engine, there is
significantly more torque  throughout the entire range of engine
speed. The new R 1200 GS Adventure also benefits from improved
shifting 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.

Proven Suspension and high-performance brakes with Integral ABS

Like its predecessor, the new R 1200 GS Adventure offers an improved
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 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 for every purpose

Designed and built for the specific requirements of a grand touring
enduro, Enduro Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) is available on
the latest version of the R 1200 GS Adventure as an option straight
from the factory.  Enduro ESA allows adjustment of the suspension
under all kinds of running 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
seat height.

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 accessories for the R 1200 GS are
fitted 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 new 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 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.

Optional Extras

* Enduro ESA
* BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (semi-integral,
* Exhaust system
* Heated HandGrips
* Hand protectors
(Adventure: standard)
* Cross-spoke wheels (Adventure:
* On-board computer with oil level warning
Anti-theft warning system with remote control
* LED direction
* Offroad tires
* Enduro transmission (short
first gear)
* Additional halogen headlight
* Power reduced
to 98 hp
* 91 RON

Special Equipment


* Aluminum case
* Case mounting brackets for Aluminum
* Aluminum Topcase
* Topcase mounting bracket
Inner bags for Aluminum case/Topcase
* Back padding Aluminum
* Watertight tank bag
* Softbag 2, large, 13.5
* Softbag 2, small, 5 gallons

Styling and Design

* Cylinder head covers chrome-plated
* Front fender, in
* Splashguard rear, in carbon
* HP Carbon cover for
engine housing
* 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 -- standard
Adjustable footbrake lever -- standard
* Handlebar cross
* Padding for handlebar cross reinforcement
Rider's seat, low (32.3") in Black* 
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 -- standard*
* Spoiler guards, large, for hand
* Aluminum cylinder head cover protection --
* 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*

Maintenance and Technical Equipment

* Reduction in power 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.

New surface and color design

The 2010 R 1200 GS Adventure demonstrates its enhanced dynamics
through new surface design and colors.  Smoke Grey metallic
emphasizes the almost rustic, masculine character of the machine,
while Brilliant Yellow metallic accentuates its sporting offroad
qualities.  Particularly the second color variant forms an
exciting contrast to the seat finished in Black Olive Grey.  The
new throttle butterfly manifolds come in Black.

2010 BMW R 1200 GS Specifications


Capacity         1,170
Bore/stroke      3.98/2.87
 110 hp at 7,750 rpm
Max torque
         88 ft-lb @ 6,000
Configuration      Flat-twin

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

Electrical System

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
     Dog-type six-speed
Primary ratio      1.737

Gear ratios      I   2.375;
optional 2.600
       III 1.296

       IV 1.065

       V  0.939

       VI 0.848
drive     Drive shaft
Final drive ratio     2.91


Frame       Tubular steel frame,
load-bearing engine
Front wheel guidance
    BMW Telelever
Rear wheel guidance
    BMW Paralever
Overall spring travel,
front/rear    8.0/8.7 inches
     3.0 inches
     59.4 inches
Steering head angle
     65.2 degrees

     Dual disc brake, diameter 12
Rear      Single disc brake,
diameter 10 inches
Optional     BMW Motorrad
Integral ABS


Cast Cross-spoke
     2.5 x 19

     4.0 x 17

Front      110/80 R 19

     150/70 R 17

Dimensions and Weight

Length       88.2 inches
(overall, with mirrors)    39 inches
width (without mirrors)  37.4 inches
Seat height  
    35.8/35 inches
Dry weight  
    492 lbs
DIN (unladen weight in road trim)
  564 lbs
Max permissible     1,047
Tank capacity      8.7 gallons

Performance Data

Acceleration 0-62 mph    3.95 sec
speed       124 +

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