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ADV NewsRecall Underway on 2019-2020 R1250GS, R1250GSA & Other Models

Recall Underway on 2019-2020 R1250GS, R1250GSA & Other Models

 Multiple BMW GS models recalled for potential leaky front brake calipers.

Published on 08.21.2020

BMW of North America has issued a recall on certain R1250GS models as well as other non-GS models for an issue with leaking front brake calipers. A total of 9,392 BMW motorcycles, for the 2019-2020 model year, may be affected by the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. BMW GS models included in the recall are the 2019-2020 R1250GS and R1250GS Adventure. Other non-GS models in this recall are the 2019-2020 R1250RT, 2020 S1000XR and 2020 S1000RR.

According to the defect report, the front brake calipers may leak brake fluid when parked. As such, these motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 122, “Motorcycle Brake Systems.”

What Could Happen

The NHTSA recall report states that overtime, this leak in the calipers can reduce the amount of brake fluid in the brake reservoir. Low brake fluid volume may affect brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash.


Models Affected By The Recall:

BMWR1250GS Adventure2019-2020

How To Get It Fixed

Owners of affected models will be notified and instructed to take their motorcycle to an authorized BMW motorcycle dealer to have it inspected. If necessary, dealers will replace the front brake calipers with an improved version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2020.

BMW has also issued a stop sale on all vehicles affected by the recall currently in dealer inventory. A process is currently being developed for inspection and repairs related to this issue. Affected VIN’s cannot be sold until the required repair has been completed.

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

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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3 thoughts on “Recall Underway on 2019-2020 R1250GS, R1250GSA & Other Models

  1. I recently purchased a new 2021 R1250GS Adventure (40th Anniversary). Just before pick up 3rd November I was called by the dealer to say they could not release the bike to me as a result of a STOP order on sale/delivery of a number of R1250 model bikes. He had been called to a nationwide zoom dealer conference to be informed of the issue.

    The dealer suggested it was related to the 19/20 model caliper issue but couldn’t back it up with evidence. The dealer also said this had an impact across 70% of the range so was high impact (to him) and no cure has yet been proposed. So I’m sat with no bike and payment made despite his woes. I can’t be the only one. BMW are keeping this super quiet as I cannot find any mention of it.

    Hope this is of interest to you. Steve

    • I was also informed by the dealer that a STOP SALE hold has been put on my 2021 R1250GSA (Triple Black). Dealer claim it is related to the front break oil leak recall. The production date 10/5/20. BMW suggested to the dealer to inform the customer(s) that is will not be several weeks but months before this is resolve. I know of 2 other 2021 GSA customers at the same boat. One is already on the dealer’s floor.


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