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BMW Recall

Sorry if this is a repeat, but I just saw this on the BBC news page:

BMW is recalling 122,000 of its motorbikes around the world- most for the second time - because of potential brake problems.

A spokesman stressed that no accidents had been reported and said only a small number of complaints had been received.

The motorcycles were manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009.

Some have already had their braking systems checked and corrected, but the problem still has not been completely solved.

The number of bikes recalled accounts for around a third of all BMW bikes produced during that time, the company said.

However, the company believes that the problem affects only a very small proportion of those recalled.

Those involved are the R 1200 GS Adventure model, the R 1200 GS, the R 1200 R, the R 1200 RT, the R 1200 ST and the K 1200 GT.

BMW began notifying dealers in late April about the continued potential faults. Affected owners who have not yet been contacted by their dealer should get a letter in a few days, said a company spokesman.

Letters received by British owners of the bikes said vibrations could cause the front brake lines to develop leaks, which could allow brake fluid to escape and lead to brake failure.

The company said the bikes were safe to ride, as long as there was sufficient brake fluid in the system.

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Re: BMW Recall

Here is the official NHTSA Defect Notice, in PDF format, that describes the problem and lists affected bikes. R12GS and R12ST are involved, I did not see any mention of the GT.


If you'd like to search the recall roster for your specific bike, this is the NHTSA Recalls Search Engine .

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Tue May 18, 12:00 pm ET
FRANKFURT (AFP) German luxury auto and motorcycle manufacturer BMW on Tuesday launched a global recall of 122,000 motorcycles owing to front brake problems.

A BMW spokesman told AFP the company had uncovered a risk of leaks in the braking systems of its K 1200 GT motorcycles and other models built on the same base.

The recall concerns motorcycles built between August 2006 and May 2009, some of which have already been checked, the spokesman told AFP.

"Over time, it emerged that even corrected braking systems did not resolve the problem 100 percent," he said.

Vibration generated by the motorcycle's operation were found to cause leaks that affected the front brake, the company said, while rear brakes continued to function normally.

BMW has not heard of accidents linked to the problem but "would gladly have foregone having to make another recall," the spokesman said.
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Re: BMW Recall

The NHTSA is only listing 1,195 bikes, where the news article is stating 122,000.

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The NHTSA is only listing 1,195 bikes, where the news article is stating 122,000.
That must be US, versus global. Notice that the GT is not recalled stateside.

Remember that US is not a major market for Motorrad.I used to know these numbers, though cannot recall now - I believe US constitutes something like 5-10% of global motorcycle sales for BMW.


The only thing that baffles me is that the recall notification is dated May 2008 - not what the news article implies. On the other hand, the defect seems to be what the article described - and, there no other active recalls for these model years.

Ultimately, I do not care. I do not have bikes that are so new.

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