Adventure Facts

By Edgar

The BMW GS series of dual purpose off-road/on-road BMW motorcycles have been produced from 1980, when the R80G/S was launched, to the present day. The GS refers to either Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) or Gelände Sport. GS motorcycles can be distinguished from other BMW models by their longer travel suspension, an upright riding position, and larger front wheels – typically 19 to 21 inch. On 27 July 2007, the BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure reached a production record of 100,000 units since its launch in 2004, making it the most popular BMW motorcycle. In May 2009, the 500,000th GS was produced, a R1200GS model.

Source: Wikipedia

2008 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

2008 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Specification, 2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Engine

Type: Air/oil-cooled flat twin (‘Boxer’) 4-stroke, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Bore x stroke: 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity: 1,170 cc
Rated output: 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm
Max. torque: 120 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Compression ratio: 12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine management: Electronic intake pipe injection/BMS-K digital engine management with overrun fuel cut-off, twin spark ignition
Emission control: Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption

Maximum speed: Over 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h: 4.6 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h: 6.1 l
Fuel type: Unleaded super and premium, octane number 95-98 (RON), (knock sensor; rated output at 98 RON); optional extra 91 (RON) available

Electrical system

Alternator: Three-phase alternator 720 W
Battery: 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch: Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox: Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox
Drive Shaft drive

Chassis / brakes

Frame: Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections, load- bearing engine-gearbox unit
Front wheel location / suspension: BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 41 mm, central spring strut, spring pre-load with 5-position mechanical adjustment
Rear wheel location / suspension: Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring preload hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel
Suspension travel front / rear: 210 mm / 220 mm
Wheelbase: 1,510 mm
Castor: 89 mm
Steering head angle: 65.2°
Wheels: Cross-spoke wheels
Rim, front: 2.50 x 19″
Rim, rear: 4.00 x 17″
Tyre, front: 110/80 R 19
Tyre, rear: 150/70 R 17
Brake, front: Dual disc, floating brake discs, 305 mm diameter, four-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear: Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper
ABS: Optional extra: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off

Dimensions / weights

Length: 2,240 mm
Width (incl. mirrors): 990 mm
Height (excl. mirrors): 1,525 mm
Seat height, unladen weight: 890 / 910 mm
Inner leg curve, unladen weight: 1,960 / 2,000 mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled: 256 kg
Dry weight: 223 kg
Permitted total weight: 475 kg
Payload (with standard equipment): 219 kg
Usable tank volume: 33.0 l
Reserve: approx. 4.0 l