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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The world’s biggest monster traillie is a ridiculous concept that on paper at least shouldn’t work at all. It weighs 223kg, the suspension is three inches taller than the standard R1200GS and with a 33-litre tank full of fuel you need to be Britain’s strongest man to lift it off the sidestand. But in reality it’s one of the best mile-eating bikes money can buy and one of the quirkiest, most interesting bikes on the road today. In fact we absolutely love it. For 2010 the BMW R1200 GS Adventure gets even better with a touch more torque at 88ftlb, a new twin cam 110bhp motor and the addition of the updated BMW ESA II suspension system and a clever exhaust valve which passes noise tests but opens up as revs increase, the bike is even better for 2010.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Where it lacked power now it has it, drive it on and there’s still that annoying hole for emissions around 4500rpm (they all do that mister), but it barks after that. The exhaust definitely sounds more aftermarket than manufacturer standard but is in no way offensive. And on the gas the whole experience revs quicker, cleaner and it’s faster at the top-end yet it still retains that incredible 400-mile tank range.
And where the older single cam model used to feel like it was hitting a brick wall under acceleration after 80mph, the new one pushes its heft through that aerodynamic barrier with a little extra shove. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Like the RT it also gets the ESA2 electronically adjustable suspension which blesses it with beautiful ride quality and comes with sport, comfort, normal and two off-road modes which also adjust the amount of traction control you have. Off road the bike allows you to have some slides without the aggressive traction cutting in. But it’s on the road where the bike will be ridden mostly and a well ridden GS Adventure can handle twisty backroads once you learn to trust the feeling of the suspension and tyres. And on motorways you can lord it looking into lorry windows while wafting along.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The new ESAII suspension is a big improvement over the old system and the bike also comes with a height adjustable seat. You can spec the bike up with tyre pressure monitors, heated grips, smaller indicators, LED spot lights, panniers and a sports exhaust. BMW dealers we’ve spoken to say that most bikes bought are fully specced up with every option box ticked. Compare and buy parts for the R1200GS Adventure in the MCN Shop

BMW R1200GS Adventure (2010-2013)

Detail Value
New price £11,600
Dealer used prices
£9,530 (2010) - £12,810 (2013)
Private used prices
£8,940 (2010) - £11,830 (2013)
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Engine size 1170 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

They’re well built but many owners complain of the bike’s using oil and there have been some problems with generators in the past. But this is a new engine so all that should be in the past and BMW have made massive steps to up their build quality and reliabilitiy. We’ve ran three bikes in the last three years and have never had a problem with any of them over 28,000 miles.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

At the basic price this is a hell of a lot of bike for the cash. It is one of the greatest mile eaters that money can buy and if you approve of the looks then we reckon its one of the coolest motorcycles on the road today. But are you man enough? Find a BMW R1200GS Adventure for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

BMW 1150GS Adventure (2002-2005)
BMW 1200GS Adventure (2006-2009)

Other Versions

BMW R1200GS

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 88 ft-lb
Weight 223 kg
Seat height 890 mm
Fuel capacity 33 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 300 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification 8v Boxer twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake Single Disc, ABS Optional
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Ride one be hooked!!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Test rode my mates GS 1200, and rode another from shop, now got my own 2010 model. Not run in yet rides handles fantastically, expensive to buy yes, but you do get what you pay for.

    27 November 2010

  • 12000 reasons to be happier.

    Chonky

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    What a bike, after all the sports bikes, street bikes, we decided to go sensible with a bit of naughtiness. We certainly got everything we wanted apart from service and parts. If a simple part breaks on a new bike, it shouldn't take 3 weeks to get a switch, and it shouldn't be my fault i can't get in to have it fitted. So, I have 12000 reasons I should be happier and they are all the £12000 I paid for a fully loaded bike, luggage + The gear and new helmets. A great bike, let down by little annoying things, dealers and the manufacturer. What a shame.

    07 October 2010

  • GS still king.

    gs12

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Buying the GS 1200 adventure 18 months ago has been the best biking decision of my life. Having owned 42 bikes over the years mostly (sports bikes) i did wonder if i had made a rash decision "NOT". Because if you attack bends & trust the bike it can be ridden just as fast if not faster than most on twisty roads. You also find your having fun at not so illegal speeds and able to explore tight back roads, riding has never been so much fun! I thank the GS & BMW for rejuvinating my biking enthusiasm again. Touring is my new passion now along with 2up bliss! Enough said as i shall get carried away. Im going to get the keys out now even though its raining. See what it does to you owning a GS!!!!!

    02 April 2010

  • specs wrong

    charlieharry

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I am not sure that the new GS1200 has ESA11 as an option, also wheel sizes quoted on your spec's are wrong.

    17 March 2010

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bmw gs 1200

agree its expensive to buy but retail value excellent, heard of people with the multistrada losing lots of money when trying to get rid after only a couple of months, which begs the question why when its supposedly so much better than the gs

02 December 2010 18:44

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