2010 BMW R1200GS Shootout Photo Gallery
The BMW is the only bike we didn’t mess with the handlebars or levers, just simply got on it and rode everywhere.
The 2010 BMW R1200GS takes on challengers from Ducati and Triumph in this adventure shootout. Read the full article in the
2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure Shootout
The instrument cluster is a little far away from the rider, making it seem small, especially the speedometer. But the amount and type of information displayed is extremely useful.
There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about the GS already but for 2010 it gets a new dual overhead cam design that boosts power.
The BMW is the only bike in this test to use a shaft drive.
With a peak of almost 69 lb-ft at 6500 rpm, we spent most of our time between 3000 and 7000 rpm. Comfortable cruising is around 4K where there’s enough on tap but the vibrations are almost disappear.
2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Horsepower Chart
The Paralever and Telelever suspension feels considerably different than the traditional fork and shock on the Triumph or Ducati.
Our Beemer had the Standard Package (heated grips, ABS, and saddlebag mounts), plus Enduro ESA ($800) which allows for further electronic suspension adjustment, hand guards ($100) and cross-spoke wheels ($500).
2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Torque Chart
The GS is rock solid. Nothing came loose or suffered any damage during our ride. Durability is crucial for ADV bikes.
The BMW R1200GS has led the Adventure Touring class since it was introduced.
We love riding big bikes through challenging off-road terrain.
Switchable ABS, 19/17-inch spoked wheels, a burly skidplate, inches of extra suspension travel, great balance, abundant torque, ridable ergos… The list goes on.
With just under 92 horsepower, the Beemer only offers 72% of the raw output of the Ducati.
To match the Ducati’s pricetag, the BMW could add quite a few upgrades.
You might have a certain type of "adventure" in mind, but to us, the BMW has it covered.
Adding weight has little effect on the Beemer. A simple suspension adjustment takes care of everything and the bike stays as composed as ever. It's a phenomenal touring ride.
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