After advising owners of the 2014 BMW R1200RT to stop riding their motorcycles if they were equipped with the company’s Dynamic ESA suspension, BMW Motorrad has now begun an official recall with the NHTSA for the faulty rear shock piston rod on the R1200RT.
In its NHTSA filing, BMW of North America says that the piston rod within the rear shock absorber can break without warning, which can cause a loss of stability that in-turn could result in a crash. The issue only affects motorcycles manufactured between November 27th, 2013, to May 5th, 2014, for a total of 950 potentially affected machines in the USA.
BMW will notify affected R1200RT owners, and BMW dealers will replace the Dynamic ESA shock absorber, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month. Concerned owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.
Note: Owners of Dynamic ESA-equipped 2014 BMW R1200RT motorcycles are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until the units have been remedied.