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 article.
- 2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Horsepower Chart
- 2010 Adventure Touring Shootout Torque Chart
- The BMW is the only bike we didn’t mess with the handlebars or levers, just simply got on it and rode everywhere.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- The GS is rock solid. Nothing came loose or suffered any damage during our ride. Durability is crucial for ADV bikes.