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“Stop Sale” and Recall Underway For BMW R1200GS Fork Issue

 Under mounting pressure from customers BMW has begun rolling out recalls.

Published on 07.18.2017
BMW R1200GS Fork Separation Issues

A global recall appears to be underway on all water-cooled BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure models manufactured between November 2013 and June 2017. As BMW’s best selling model, the number of bikes impacted by the recall could be in the range of 200,000 worldwide.

The Problem

BMW R1200GS Fork Separation Issue
Courtesy change.org

On top of each fork tube, or stanchion, is a pressed-in top cap. According to BMW, after high-stress events, the top cap can begin to slip out and create a gap. This gap may increase with repeated high-stress incidents until eventually fork failure occurs. High stress events include “driving over an obstacle, during a fall or when driving through deep potholes with unvarying speed,” according to BMW.

BMW R1200GS Fork Service Campaign

As pressure mounted from customers experiencing separating fork tubes and a few reported accidents, a “Fork Service Campaign” was initially put in place by BMW Motorrad June 30th of this year. Under the Fork Service Campaign, owners of the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure were invited to voluntarily bring their bikes in to dealers for inspection.

The inspection consists of pushing down the rubber sleeve on the top of the fork tubes and measuring the amount of separation between the pressed-in top cap and the top of each fork. If the gap is larger than recommended tolerances, BMW repairs or replaces the components free of charge. BMW reports that very few bikes inspected ever show signs of separation. And under the program, if no significant gap is found during inspection, the bike is not retrofitted.

Global Recall?

Now with more understanding of the problem, BMW Motorrad has begun rolling out formal recalls in different markets. Under an official recall, all bikes receive the no-cost retrofit regardless of the condition of the forks. So far, official recalls have been announced in Germany and the UK, with the USA expected to follow soon. A report from Asphalt and Rubber states that BMW has already issued a “Stop Sale” directive to all USA BMW Dealers as documents for a recall with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) are prepared for release.

ADV Pulse has requested more information from BMW Motorrad USA regarding the recall but has not received a response at time of publishing. We’ll share more details here as we get them. Considering the risk factors involved with a failing fork, all owners should schedule an appointment with their local BMW dealer as soon as possible.



UPDATE:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 25, 2017 – Fork Tube may Detach From Upper Triple Clamp

If the fork tube detaches from the sealing plug, the handling and stability of the motorcycle will be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V438000

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

Components: SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,626
Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW R1200 GS 2014 – 2017
BMW R1200 GS ADVENTURE 2014 – 2017

Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2017 BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycles. The motorcycle fixed fork tube may separate from the pressed in seal plug that secures the tube to the upper triple clamp.

Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will add an additional fixed fork tube bush. A fork that is sufficiently damaged will be replaced with a modified new part. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 1, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Author: Rob Dabney

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3 thoughts on ““Stop Sale” and Recall Underway For BMW R1200GS Fork Issue

  1. Been watching this for awhile now, local BMW dealer keeps saying nothing is wrong, all I can say is I’m glad I’m on a F800GSA.

  2. So,since my bmw has not been ridden of road,my forks are probably fine now,will pass inspection and will not be retrofitted. What happens in 5 years? Will it still be fine? Or I’ll be riding a ticking bomb?. I think every bike should be permanently fix,period. Is not like if the rear end fails you call a friend,if this fails,you call a ambulance!(if you still can!)

    • Hey Mark, As stated in the article, If it is a recall your forks will be retrofitted regardless of their condition. You should contact your dealer to address this. Best of luck!

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