BMW unveil 2010 R1200GS and R1200RT

New engine and many modifications for iconic boxer-twin series

Posted: 5 November 2009
by Visordown News

BMW have unveiled updated versions of its best-selling tourer, the R 1200 RT, as well as the iconic Adventure Sports motorcycle, the R 1200 GS and its R 1200 GS Adventure, featuring a new version of the company's 4-valve, DOHC boxer engine.

BMW say the motor, only seen until now on the HP2 Sport, has been optimised to meet the specific requirements of each of these motorcycles, to best suit either the travel enduro riding style of the R 1200 GS range, or the all-day, luxury touring use of the R 1200 RT.

The new engine fitted to the RT is a 1,170cc, 4 valve, DOHC. BMW claim a maximum power ouput is 81kW (110hp) at 7,750rpm (up 5% for GS and Adventure) and an increase in torque from 115Nm to 120Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000rpm. Maximum engine speed is increased by 500rpm to 8,500rpm. BMW claim the new engine offers significantly improved torque, traction and acceleration, as well as a more spontaneous and direct throttle response. The new engines are also compliant to EURO 4 emission regulations.

In addition to the brand new engine, the R 1200 RT has received integral ABS fitted as standard, a new Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA II), optional new audio system with Multi-Controller interface for USB/MP3 and iPod, new design fairing to offer improved wind and weather protection, a re-designed cockpit and an electronically controlled windshield.

R 1200 GS and Adventure new features:

·    Newly designed cylinder head covers
·    Improved windshield adjustment
·    New colours
·    New and revised special accessories, including additional LED headlamps, Akrapovic sports silencer and carbon heat shield

The prices for the new R 1200 RT, R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure will be announced on Press Day, 26 November, at the International Motorcycle Show, NEC, Birmingham.



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BMW are now changing the style and mechanical's of each bike almost yearly,which the Japanese where always criticised  for.  Buy one today,out of date tommorow. Unfortunatly the GS models have become a "Must Have" accessary  for all the older guys who watched The Long way Down series. I was recentley traveling Canada and came accross a group of about 30 guys touring on new GS's and Adventure's. They where all dressed in the latest BMW outfits and looked like the Clone Army . Sad part was the most off roading they did was on a couple of gravel driveways to exclusive hotels. Having said that,the shear size and weight of the things renders it almost impossible to get off on the backroads alone. Once the things get in sand or mud it takes two or three guys to pick one up and get it moving.The GS Adventure model with the metal panniers is almost as heavy and wide as a small car.

Posted: 06/11/2009 at 00:58

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