BMW R1200GS Adventure Review Test Drive

Test Drive BMW R1200GSA

Ever wanted something in life and when you tried it, starting from the 1st second you did, you said to yourself “I want it, I want it more than ever before, I knew this is going to give me what I was always looking for since quite some time?”

30 years passed since the first production of the BMW GS ……... The first ever GS was on sale in the 1980 but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that, in my oipinion, this model began leaving such a desirable effect.

Nowadays, the new 2010 BMW R1200GS is one of the best Enduro bikes ever built. One can’t consider buying such style of bike without considering the BMW! Well, if you’re price sensitive than, yes, you might not look out for this but am sure that this bike will be one to look forward to own one day!

I’ve had the honor to test drive this bike on the roads of France ……. I was already crazy about this bike since late 1990s but, due to my limited finances, I then went on and bought the Honda Transalp XL650. Definitely a motorcycle I never regret owning! But my mind and heart were always for the BMW and, in fact, around 2 years ago I sold it to eventually get the BMW.

I tried the latest 2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure, equipped with all extras such as the ABS, ESA, onboard computer, ASC, etc …….. It didn’t take me more than a couple of minutes to feel comfortable driving it. At first, I did felt the bike bit heavy, compared to my ex-Transalp, but I was ready for it and did not expect it to be otherwise. Driving it is really comfortable and gives that feeling of safety. It’s weight helps to feel it more stable. I drove this bike in the roads of Marseille and with all the traffic I was into, I didn’t feel that the bike could let me down! It was just perfect, road holding, overtaking, cornering, etc …… It was the best driving driving experience in my whole life and even though my test drive took only a couple of minutes, due to my limited time I could stay in the area, I just kept falling in love with it!

The only things I feel I must point out are the following:
– When filled with fuel the bike might get bit heavier and would require more attention with the handling, until one gets used to it
– For someone of not more than 1.8m, the bike might be a bit high

Having said that, as for the bike being bit heavy, especially when loaded with fuel, for those who do not specifically require the Adventure model, there’s the standard road model. For the height, BMW thought for that too …… a lower seat that can be pre-ordered at no extra cost!

If you have the money for it and this is the style of bike you’re looking for, than in my opinion one shouldn’t hesitate and go for it!!!

Hopefully, in the coming future, I will be in a position to tell you more about this bike but through my day to day experience!

Do you own one? Than we would love to hear your view!!!


  1. Usually I do not post on blogs, but I wish to say that this post really forced me to do so! Thanks, incredibly nice article.

  2. I just bought a 2012 GS1200 Adv. Fully loaded with everything. What a bike! Sold my Harley to get this, and I’m not looking back. Perfect for those hot South African days.

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