BMW Recalls R1200GS for Fork Issue

April 29, 2013
Bart Madson
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BMW has issued a recall for its redesigned 2013 R1200GS. The recall concerns a loose locking bolt for the front fork. The defect potentially affects 15 units shipped to BMW dealers.

Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state BMW discovered a potential issue in late January 2013. A BMW endurance riding test showed a loose locking bolt on the company’s proprietary telelever front fork, with the torque determined to be below spec. Subsequent tests in January and Februrary revealed the extent of bolt loosening – concluding that “an insufficient seal between the locking bolt and fork tube would cause the bolt to loosen over time.”

A voluntary recall was issued in February, with all the potentially affected units (535) in hold at a BMW North America facility. However, inventory records indicate 15 units may have been shipped to dealers that did not undergo the internal inspection and repair – prompting the current recall.

BMW will notify owners, with dealers inspecting and fixing the locking bolt issue free of charge. If it is determined that the fork tube has loosened, the tube and locking bolt will also be replaced. GS owners can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email at for more details.

This recall is the first for the 2013 GS in the U.S., but the new bike has already faced two further recalls in Canada. The first was for a potential transmission oil leak at the output shaft, from the oil pressure being too high. The second issue regarded the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) system not reactivating after off-road use in the “Enduro-Pro” mode.



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