BMW R1200GS 2010 onwards / R1200 DOHC

BMW R1200GS 2010 onwards / R1200 DOHC

See also: R1200GS Model Changes 2004 to 2007

See also: R1200GS Model Changes 2008 / 2009

and BMW R1200GS Specifications by Year (External link)

BMW R1200GS DOHC (2010 onwards)
Articles by Hari Ahluwalia Feb 2012

Details of BMW’s R1200GS DOHC, the third version (major revision) of the R1200GS, that first appeared in BMW showrooms in early 2010 with comparisons with its main competitors and the author’s personal experiences with his own 2010 R1200GS DOHC

Descriptions, specifications, technical information (e.g. ESA and DDC) and comparisons with previous models.


  • Catalog including outline specs
  • Technical data and colours
  • Rider’s manual
  • Press Kit for the US launch
  • Katalog in German

ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) – An overview of what BMW ESA is, how it works, problems and aftermarket suppliers

ESA Rider Guide – A guide on how to use and get the most from BMW ESA

DDC Dynamic Damping Control – An overview of BMW Dynamic Damping Control (DDC)

Öhlins Electronic Adjustable Shock Absorber System – An overview of Öhlins’ replacement suspension kit for any R1200GS already fitted with BMW ESA

R1200GS DOHC Competition
Comparisons of BMW’s R1200GS DOHC with its main competitors and the author’s personal experiences:

Adventure Sports:
Ducati Multistrada S Sports Edition
Kawaskai Versys 1000
Triumph Tiger Explorer
Onroad tourers:
Honda Crosstourer
Triumph Tiger 1050
Yamaha XT 1200 Z Super Tenere
KTM 990 Adventure
Triumph Tiger 800

Hari’s R1200GS DOHC
A brief intro to Hari’s biking history (that goes back a few years!:-) followed by Hari’s personal experiences of 2 years riding his own BMW R1200GS DOHC plus:

Aeroflow screen with Saeng edging (not pretty but very effective)

R1200GS conversion to F800GS footrests (wider and more supportive than stock)