Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 BMW R1200GS riding impression

Is the 2010 BMW R1200GS necessarily a better bike than its immediate predecessor...?

With the HP2’s DOHC cylinder head transplanted on to the R1200GS, BMW have further improved their definitive ‘adventure touring’ motorcycle and made sure it doesn’t fall behind its competitors from KTM, Moto Guzzi and others. Motociclismo recently tested the 2010 BMW R1200GS, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the bike:

The first impression you get when you start the bike and hear the engine idling is that someone has forgotten to fit the silencer properly. Nothing’s broken however, and the reason for that noise seems to be the bike’s new electronically controlled exhaust valve, which regulates the output and pressure of the exhaust gas depending on engine load.

A quick look at the data sheet tells us that the new R1200GS, with its twin-cam cylinder heads from the HP2, packs 110 horsepower at 7,750rpm and 120Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. With the new exhaust valve and other electronics, the 1,170cc opposed-twin meets all emissions and noise regulations and yet retains its intense, deep boxer-engine roar.

Once you get on the bike, you immediately feel at home – the seat, handlebars and chassis all feel familiar. What has changed is the engine, which now feels even more responsive, making the bike accelerate harder than before at lower revs. The new engine feels particularly strong between 5,000-6,000rpm, allowing you to accelerate out of corners harder even with a passenger on board. Also, despite feeling more powerful than the older R1200GS engine, the new one does not consume more fuel and fuel efficiency remains unchanged, at 5.8 litres per 100km.

To sum up, despite the small advantages that the new bike offers, owners of the older R1200GS needn’t necessarily feel the need to upgrade. And that says a lot about how good the R1200GS already was, before BMW decided to ‘improve’ the bike…

2010 BMW R1200GS: Technical Specs

Engine: 1,170cc, DOHC, 8-valve, air-cooled, fuel-injected Boxer-twin
Power: 110bhp@7,750rpm
Torque: 120Nm@6,000rpm
Gearbox: Six-speed, with dry, single plate clutch
Chassis: Steel tube trellis
Suspensions: 41mm Telelever (front), single side Paralever (rear), both ends electronically adjustable
Brakes: Twin 305mm discs with four-piston callipers (front), single 265mm disc with twin-piston calliper (rear)
Wheels: 19-inch (front), 17-inch (rear)
Tyres: 110/80-19 (front), 150/70-17 (rear)
Top speed: 215km/h
Average fuel consumption: 5.8 liters per 100km
Wet weight: 246kg

For the full, original article, please visit the Motociclismo website here
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