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ADV NewsBMW Issues More Recalls On R1200GS & Other Models For Fuel Leaks

BMW Issues More Recalls On R1200GS & Other Models For Fuel Leaks

The german manufacturer issues new recall on close to 21,000 models.

Published on 02.20.2021

BMW of North America has issued a new recall on certain R 1200 GS/GS Adventure and other non-GS models for an issue with a fuel pump leak. A total of 20,963 BMW motorcycles from model years 2011-2014, may be affected by the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This recall follows a similar one issued a few months ago for several earlier year models.

This safety recall involves the fuel pump, and potentially the auxiliary fuel pump as well. According to the defect report, it was found that fuel pumps produced with a support ring specifically installed by a pneumatic fastening tool could introduce unwanted tolerance during the fastening process. Over time, this can lead to fuel pump flange crack propagation at the location of the quick connector. Ultimately, this could result in a fuel leak. 

Models affected by the recall:

BMWK 1300 S2011-2014 
BMWK 1600 GT2011-2014 
BMWK 1600 GTL2011-2014 
BMWR 1200 GS2011-2014 
BMWR 1200 GS ADVENTURE2011-2014 
BMWR 1200 R2011-2014 
BMWR 1200 RT2011-2014 
BMWS 1000 R2014
BMWS 1000 RR2014
BMWS 1000 RR2011-2013

What Could Happen


The NHTSA recall report states that the fuel pump and auxiliary fuel pump may crack and leak fuel while the engine is running. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

How To Get It Fixed

The fuel pump(s) will be replaced by an improved version in which the support ring at the quick connector location of the flange has been installed by an electric fastening tool. Owners will be notified by First Class mail and instructed to take their motorcycle to an authorized BMW motorcycle dealer to have the remedy performed for free. Owners who have replaced the fuel pump at their own expense prior to the recall notification may be eligible for reimbursement. 

Recall number 21V-060 notification to owners is planned to begin on April 2, 2021. 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

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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16 thoughts on “BMW Issues More Recalls On R1200GS & Other Models For Fuel Leaks

  1. Pingback: BMW Issues More Recalls On R1200GS & Other Models For Fuel Leaks - ADVENTURE & OVERLAND MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL

    • Absolutely unbelievable!!! When mine ruptured, I was covered in petrol a d could have been killed!! But there is no problem!! 84 km after a major service as well!!!

  2. On February 6, 2021 I took my 2013 R1200GS to my local BMW dealer for a service. They called and said I have a gas leak coming from under the fuel tank. It cost me $553 to have it repaired. Did they not know about the recall? Now they are giving me a hard time about reimbursing me.

  3. It’s no coincidence that as BMW has increased the electronics and ‘features’ on newer models, so too have the ‘problems’ increased, in what was once the most reliable brand out there.

  4. Good day, I am the owner of three BME Boxer engined motorcycles. All three are 2011 models. Recently I experienced a potentially fatal incident due to the failure of the fuel pump connection. The fuel line ruptured whilst riding, and I was covered by the spill8ng fuel. I managed to stop the bike – an R1200GS – and cool down the smoking echausts and engine – which were soaked in petrol!!! When I aproached BMW South Africa, I was told there was nothing wrong with the fuel system and that I would have ti pay the full costs of the repair. Another one of the bikes, an R1200R however had the fuel pump replaced, evrn though there was no sign of failure
    I fail to understand the stance and conclusion of BMW MOTORAD SA – there is no problem with the fuel sysems of the 2011 Boxer motors!!! Can anyone out there give me any advice

    • Hi Eugene. I have a BMW K1600GTL which has just spung a huge petrol pump leak – I was shocked, as it could have caught light so easily. I approached my local BMW dealership on Friday, who told me that there is no campaign on my bike’s vin number, thus I would need to pay R8200+-. I have contacted BMW head office and opened a case, and that is as far as I have got to date. Any further progress you have made will be most interesting please. This problem for my bike type and year is well documented for recall in America, so I cant see why my bike shouldnt be included in the recall.

      • Opening a case will yield no results!!! Mansgement will decide not to do what the Americans do!!! Africa is different…dead riders will be blamed for the accident!!

    • There was a first recall in 2014 and now another new recall in August 2020, so this is an ongoing problem. I don’t see why it should be country specific. Do our lives in South Africa not count. My year model and type of bike is listed on the recall list, but apparently my vin number doesn’t indicate a campaign for this fault!


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