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ADV NewsBMW Issues Recall On 2020 R1250GS, F850GS & Other Models In US

BMW Issues Recall On 2020 R1250GS, F850GS & Other Models In US

Multiple BMW GS models recalled in US for potential issue with brake light.

Published on 03.19.2020

BMW of North America has issued a recall on certain GS models as well as other non-GS models for a brake light issue. Approximately 906 GS motorcycles, for the 2020 model year, may be affected by the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. BMW GS models affected by the recall are the R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure, F850GS, F850GS Adventure, and F750GS. Another 3,120 non-GS models (F900R, F900XR, R1250R, R1250RS, RnineT, RnineT Pure, RnineT Scrambler, S1000R, S1000RR, K1600B ) may also have the same recall issue for a total of 4,026 units affected.

According to the defect report, certain vehicles were produced for the US market with an emergency stop signal function which causes the brake lamp to flash during emergency braking, instead of remaining steady. While allowed in certain markets, brake lamps in the US must remain “steady burning” in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS). BMW has identified the specific models where this emergency stop signal programming, which would remove this function, was not included in the build configuration.

BMW R1250GS recall brake light

What Could Happen:

The NHTSA notes a flashing stop lamp during emergency braking could be misinterpreted by a driver following the affected motorcycle. Confusion to other drivers on the road could increase the risk of a crash. BMW has not yet received any reports, nor is BMW otherwise aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.


Models Affected By Recall:

BMW MotorradF750GS2020
BMW MotorradF850GS2020
BMW MotorradF850GS Adventure2020
BMW MotorradR1250GS2020
BMW MotorradR1250GS Adventure2020
BMW MotorradK1600B2019-2020
BMW MotorradF900R2020
BMW MotorradF900XR2020
BMW MotorradR1250R2020
BMW MotorradR1250RS2020
BMW MotorradRnineT2020
BMW MotorradRnineT Pure2020
BMW MotorradRnineT Scrambler2020
BMW MotorradS1000R2019-2020
BMW MotorradS1000RR2020

How To Get It Fixed:

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. Affected motorcycles will be programmed to remove the emergency stop signal function. If this condition occurred on an affected motorcycle prior to this recall, the remedy would be covered by the BMW Motorcycle New Vehicle Limited Warranty program. Therefore, reimbursement for a pre-notification remedy is not necessary. Notification of dealers is planned to begin on March 19, 2020. Owners will begin getting notified on May 04, 2020. 

Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or check your VIN to see if you are affected by the recall at

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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March 19, 2020 10:30 pm

So in other countries where the flashing brake light is allowed, there is no confusion but in the US we would be confused? I know there are a lot of idiot drivers on the road but are they that stupid?
I put aux. brake lighting on all my bikes that include the flashing feature so idiot cagers don’t rear end me!

March 20, 2020 5:23 am

Patriot159: Exactly!!! I too put the aux flashing brake lights on my bike and know it helps. When I see it on other bikes I am certainly not confused. We do have stupid people in the US, But not more than any other country. BTW, most of us came from those “other” countries sometime in the past!

March 20, 2020 8:01 am

“The feature we bragged about in other markets is being recalled on your bike.”

March 20, 2020 9:19 am

If it’s happening on your bike and you like it, ignore the recall or notify the dealership not to fix it. It’s going on with my bike and I like it.

March 20, 2020 11:01 am
Reply to  Nunyabidnis

That’s great for people who already own them but BMW has already has massive problems getting 2020 bikes Into the US with all the previous recalls and have basically shit the German facility down to rebuild a the failed K1600 motors. They just got the K1600 gearbox and 310 brake recalls flowing. Now it’s going to be even harder for dealers to get 2020 bikes

Scott Halbleib
Scott Halbleib
March 21, 2020 9:57 am

LOL, no BMW owner is going t get this “fixed.” That’d be like revalling the use.of chrome.on a Garley.

March 21, 2020 3:57 pm

Although I think this is terribly short sighted by the NHTSA… All I can say is HEX ezCAN…. solves all these problems… switch these features on and off as you like …law permitting of course

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