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2010 BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure first official photographs

Published: 05 November 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

BMW's massive-selling R1200GS has been given an engine overhaul for 2010 as the firm attempts to keep the bike at the top of the sales league and head-off opposition from rivals.

The 2010 BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS Adventure now have a double overhead cam engine with a claimed 110bhp, boosted torque of 88lb-ft, 500rpm more in the rev range with improvements to acceleration and pulling power.

The adventure bike class is one of the few growing markets – the GS has consistently been a top seller but with the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 and an all-new 1200cc Yamaha Super Tenere arriving in summer 2010, the class is going to get even more fiercely contested.

The 1170cc flat-twin motor has been designed from the start with more power and higher engine speeds in mind. It has two overhead, chain-driven cams per cylinder with valves operated by very light rocker arms.

Visually the new engine can be distinguished from the outgoing model by a black-coloured intake manifolds with magnesium-coloured cylinder head covers with two instead of four retaining bolts.

The new engine gets a modified exhaust system from the downpipes back. The mid section is modified to deal with the different vibration characteristics of the DOHC motor. The exhaust also has a new electronically-controlled flap which opens at certain revs to reduce back pressure and gives the bike a rorty exhaust note.

Although the silencer retains an identical outside sleeve, the interior is all new.
Other minor changes include a revised dashboard and larger knobs to adjust the windscreen more easily.

The handlebars also get asymmetrical clamps which can be turned through 180 degrees to give a handlebar mounting position to suit stand up off road riding or road riding more comfortably.


New double overhead cam camshaft engine
Power increased by 5bhp to 110bhp at 7750rpm with torque increased to 88lb-ft at 6000rpm
Increase in maximum engine revs from 8000rpm to 8500rpm
Electronically controlled exhaust butterfly valve for reduced back pressure and improved sound
Four colours available on the GS: two non-metallics (white and red) and two metallics (black and grey)
Two colours available on the GS Adventure: grey and yellow (both metallic)
Asymmetric handlebar mounts to change handlebar position for on and off road riding

Further reading:
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