BMW Recalling 49,000 R1200GS And Other BMW Models
BMW is about to recall nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada due to defective flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack resulting in brake failure and potential rear wheel loss.
The recall covers multiple models including certain 2005-2010 R1200GS and R1200RT motorcycles, as well as the 2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure and the 2007-2010 R1200R, 2007 R1200S and K1200R Sport. Also included are the 2005-2007 R1200ST, the 2008-2009 HP2 Megamoto, the 2006 HP2 Enduro, the 2008-2010 HP2 Sport, and the 2005-2008 K1200S, 2006-2008 K1200R and K1200GT. The recall also covers the 2009-2011 K1300S, 2010-2011 K1300R, and the 2009-2010 K1300GT.
BMW discovered the problem after a crash of a 2004 BMW crashed in Spain in August of 2014. BMW says if the bolts that hold the rear wheels to a flange are over-tightened, the flange can crack. In certain instances the bolts can loosen and the rear wheel may depart from the motorcycle.
Although the recall is not expected to begin until April 21, 2015, BMW says owners should check their rear wheel flanges for cracks near the bolts. If none are observed, BMW says the motorcycles are safe to ride until the recall repairs are performed. Dealers will replace the aluminum flange with a steel one at no cost to owners.