BMW Recalls 46,426 Motorcycles

Byron Wilson | March 31, 2015
BMW has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an issue with the rear wheel mounting flange, which “may crack if the rear wheel mounting bolts are over tightened.” There are potentially 46,426 vehicles affected by the issue. The list of affected models is included below.

2005-2010 R1200GS
2005-2010 R1200RT
2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure
2007-2010 R1200R
2007 R1200S
2007 K1200R Sport
2005-2007 R1200ST
2009-2009 HP2 Megamoto
2006 HP2 Enduro
2008-2010 HP2 Sport
2005-2008 K1200S
2006-2008 K1200R
2006-2008 K1200GT
2009-2011 K1300S
2010-2011 K1300R
2009-2010 K1300GT

Though the number of potentially affected units is high, BMW estimates that five-percent of vehicles included in the recall will have the defect.

The chronology of events leading to the recall starts in early August 2014 after a rider of a high-mileage 2004 R1200RT crashed in Spain. After parts analysis, BMW “concluded that the rear wheel had separated from the flange as a result of cracks on the flange.”

Further inspection found that the motorcycle was in good condition otherwise and had received all required services at the correct times. BMW decided to inspect more motorcycles in the Munich area in January 2015, finding three of the 58 vehicles demonstrating the same rear wheel flange cracks. The decision to issue the current recall was reached in early March 2015.

BMW will notify owners of affected models and dealers will replace the existing aluminum rear wheel flange with a steel one, free of charge. The recall is set to begin April 21, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also go to or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V141000.


Byron Wilson

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