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ADV NewsBMW Issues Two New Recalls On R1250GS & Other Models In US

BMW Issues Two New Recalls On R1250GS & Other Models In US

 New R1250GS safety recalls issued for brake reservoir cap and pivot pin issues.

Published on 03.28.2020

BMW of North America has issued two new recalls on certain R1250GS-range motorcycles and several other models for a brake fluid reservoir cover issue and swing arm/final drive pivot pin defect. Approximately 51 R1250GS and 60 R1250GS Adventure models, for the 2019 and 2020 model years, may be affected by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recall related to the brake fluid reservoir cover issue. Another 252 non-GS models (RnineT, RnineT Scrambler, RnineT Pure, RnineT Racer, R1250R, R1250RT, R1250RS) were also affected by the same reservoir cap issue. In addition, two 2020 R1250GS models were affected by a pivot pin defect along with another two 2020 R1250RT models, for a total of 369 motorcycles affected by both recalls.


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According to the first recall defect report (20V166), certain vehicles were produced with a brake fluid reservoir cover which may not fully conform to US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. This non-compliance recall involves an optional color-specific brake fluid reservoir cap, which may not clearly state the required type of brake fluid or process for filling the reservoir. 

The second more serious recall (20V165) states that a pivot pin, which connects the final drive to the swing arm, may be faulty. During motorcycle assembly at a rework station, the pin showed signs of cracking prior to reaching the specified torque settings after being torqued a second time. It was concluded that the pin may not have been produced to specifications during a particular production period.

BMW R1250GS adventure motorcycle recall

What Could Happen

The NHTSA report on the first recall notes that the non-compliant brake fluid reservoir cover contained language that may be confusing or misunderstood, which could lead to an improper maintenance procedure. Improper brake system maintenance could affect braking performance. 

The second recall states the defective pivot pin could cause the connection between the final drive and swing arm to loosen. A loose connection between the final drive and swing arm could reduce stability and control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Models Affected By The Recall:

MakeModelIssueYear
BMW MotorradR1250GSBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2019-2020
BMW MotorradR1250GS AdventureBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2019-2020
BMW MotorradRnineTBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2018-2020
BMW MotorradRnineT ScramblerBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2018-2020
BMW MotorradRnineT RacerBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2018
BMW MotorradRnineT PureBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2019-2020
BMW MotorradR1250RBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2018-2020
BMW MotorradR1250RTBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2019-2020
BMW MotorradR1250RSBrake Fluid Reservoir Cap2020
BMW MotorradR1250GSSwing arm pivot pin2020
BMW MotorradR1250RTSwing arm pivot pin2020

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 defective brake reservoir cap or pivot pin replaced for free. 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 27, 2020. Owners will begin getting notified on May 11, 2020. 

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

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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