2014 BMW R1200RT Owners Advised Not to Ride Their Motorcycles – Potentially Critical Suspension Defect

06/05/2014 @ 6:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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BMW Motorrad has released a worldwide notification about a potentially dangerous suspension situation, which affects the 2014 BMW R1200RT.

Concerned about the safety regarding the Dynamic ESA electronic suspension package, BMW Motorrad says that there is a potential defect with the system’s rear spring strut.

Since the German motorcycle manufacturer cannot rule that the piston rod could potentially break, BMW Motorrad is advising 2014 R1200RT owners not to ride their motorcycles until further notice.

BMW Motorrad insists that this is a precautionary measure, which the comopany is making in the interests of customer safety, and based on a supplier report.

This recall affects 8,000 motorcycles worldwide, and to date there have been no injuries reported in relation to this issue.

BMW Motorrad says that it is preparing a technical campaign to replace the questionable components. Expect further information to come from the Bavarian brand.

Source: BMW Motorrad

Comment:

  1. Jim says:

    Parsing BMW’s official statements to date, it seems they have yet to determine the extent of this issue. Is it a one off failure limited to a single bike, a particular run of parts that a effect a VIN range or a design defect that effects all R12RT’s. Stay tuned.

  2. Eyvind says:

    BMW has pending recalls.
    The fuel pump flange is already underway.

    Wish they could recall:
    – Servo ABS II on Pre 2007 motorcycles. ABS pump fails leaving the rider with only “residual braking” a BMW euphemism for “no brakes at all”. Definitive injure to the rider.
    – Aluminum rear wheel hub. If just a bit over torqued it develop cracks that can cause a catastrophic hub failure and injure to the rider.
    – Cam chain jumps, locking the engine and causing injure to the rider.
    – Cassette-type gearboxes on K12R/S and K13R/S all fail eventually. Poor design and manufacture. Plain reliability recall.

    German reliability… sadly an oxymoron now. A story to tell grandchildren when Germany had pride in craftsmanship.

  3. paulus says:

    Guys…motorcycles got increasingly complex. We demand ever increasing levels of performance and sophistication. Faster, lighter, less service intervals. Models go from drawing board to market in less and less time…. the production world is moving quality control away from their factories and relying on the suppliers. There will be issues.

    Whilst I acknowledge this is not ideal… I get to have my motorcycle buzz improved on a yearly basis.
    I hope I don’t suffer a catastrophic failure, but I accept that there is a risk and ‘shit happens’.

    Problems arise after testing, launch and real world scenarios happen. It is how they are dealt with that separates the good companies from the bad.

  4. Gerald says:

    My R1200RT is one of the affected bikes. Has a much more uncomfortable ride than my previous 2010 R1200RT. Just got it back from being with dealer for a week with suspension issues viz knocking noises heard on sharp bumps and major system error re suspension that was not in the handbook. Amazing performance and the pro shift is just the best but ride quality is worse than its predecessor. Sharp road bumps require standing up to prevent getting a sore back.

  5. Jose Barreira says:

    I’m sorry but… you spend a LOT of money on a motorcycle and then the company that built it advices you not to ride????

    I love to ride the RT. It’s a great bike. But, give a good reason not to look (more and more…) to the Japanese options!

  6. Scott Otte says:

    BMW lost me as a customer when I was thrown down a freeway by my F800S. It’s too bad they’re still pushing the envelope on this.

  7. James says:

    Combined with Paulus’ response, this recall and Eyvind’s comments elicits a “run away!” response from me. A few months ago, I tried to buy an old R80 in good condition from a fellow. Then I thought, if what I want is a reliable, good handling touring bike with opposed cylinders, I should just save up for a R1200. Now I’m thinking the money spent to overhaul an old BMW (probably 7-8K, eh?) could be money better spent than buying a new one. I’ve never had a problem with suspension that I set up once and left alone. I’ve never experienced ABS. New and more complex is not necessarily better.

  8. RoadRash says:

    Is there any BMW motorcycle from the last 15 years that HASN’T been recalled? Seriously, their reliability reputation is appalling- just check the recent JDPower survey results. Harley and BMW had, by far, the most recalls and most number of problems. Sad.

  9. scott says:

    One of the reasons why my buddy sold his recall ridden f800gs….it put him in too many compromising traffic situations because of the issues that spawned all the recalls. Meanwhile, I’ll blissfully putter around on my boring sewing machine of a WeeStrom……sometimes unglamorous is the best performance of all.

  10. Alclab says:

    Even though I own and ride a japanese sportbike (that isn’t recall and flaw free honestly), I was thinking about switching to an S1000RR, but have seen this kind of stuff from BMW. Specially to what Eyvind was referring…

    A known friend had a fatal crash on his 1200GS which was attributed to poor maintenance on the brakes by a local dealership (or at leat that was the conclusion because he had been noticing and complaining about itr fro some time) and while he was on the twisties, appearently the caliper got in between the front wheel’s spoke and destroyed it.

    Thought it was just bad luck and not listening to his instincts, but have seen pictures of other GS riders who show “spontaneous” wheel destruction with complete wheel segregation from the motorcycle…

    This concerns me for BMW as a brand, as perception, but mainly as a rider who isn’t willing to increase the already high chance of injury of riding a motorcycle by adding motorcycle breakdownto the list.

  11. Eyvind says:

    I’m a big fan of BMW.
    I’ve had 3 cars, and still have two (one of them has failed miserably -most of the sensors replaced-).
    and two BMW motorcycles.
    The K12LT is quite reliable for such a complicated machine. The only thing that’s failed the aforementioned ABS modules (faulty motor brushes).

    The K12R has suffered from too many things to mention. Most the result of bad design (rear wheel hub, gearbox, timing chain), some as a result of poor manufacturing and design (ABS module).

    I get it, it’s hard to account for so many things.

    Since I’m such a fan, I expect a lot from BMW. I’m not looking at other brads, I don’t care. I like my BMWs.
    I’m my own mechanic, so I don’t need a dealer or mechanic.
    What I expect is BMW to own the problem and provide a solution, even if partial.

    For the gearboxes, they don’t manufacture the gears that fail. They want you to buy a complete new gearbox that’s doomed to fail the same way as the other ones. That’s just petty.

    The ABS is just a massive class-action lawsuit waiting to happen when someone dies and it can proven that it was a manufacturing defect.

    Again, since I’m a big fan, I expect more from BMW. That’s what true enthusiasts are supposed to do, to keep improving the machines we love so much.

    … in the meantime, I have a timing chain (with guide rails, tensioner, sprockets and jump guard) that I need to replace … the original chain would enlarge, the original tensioner didn’t work well, and the sprockets were redesign to minimize the chain from jumping, and the jump guard… well … at least they tried.
    My poor beleaguered K12R. Don’t worry baby, I won’t let you die.

  12. Bob says:

    Use to be Bikes Made Weird. Now it’s Bikes Made Withrecalls…

  13. Jeff says:

    After a dozen (or more!!) recalls on my 2008 K1200GT…….I buy the 2014 R1200RT and put 1,850 miles on it – including The Tail of The Dragon – and a DO NOT RIDE recall is given???

    BMWNA customer service is a frickin’ joke – they won’t respond to emails – they don’t return phone calls – and I am about fed up.

    Class Action lawsuit anyone????