BMW Motorrad North America announced yesterday it will be recalling 50,184 motorcycles ranging from 2005-2012 due to potential fuel leaks. The models affected are the 2005-2011 R-models, 2005-2012 K-models, 2010-2011 S1000RR models, and 2006-2010 HP2 models.

According to BMW, the reason for the recall is the fuel pump flange and auxiliary fuel pump flange may develop cracks and leak, which may result in fires.

The investigation report released by the NHTSA stated that “owners of 2004-2011 R-series reported pressurized fuel loss when the fuel pump was energized.” The report identified the source of the leak as cracks that may develop in the fuel pump housing’s output quick connector which is made of plastic.

According to the NHTSA, this is a problem that BMW has been aware since at least 2011 because they attempted to remedy the issue by reinforcing the fuel pump flange with a metal collar to prevent future leakage.

This may not be news to BMW owners as a nearly identical recall was issued in 2004. In that instance, an o-ring in one of the fuel line quick-connects would often go bad, or one of the fuel line crimps would fail, spraying pressurized fuel.

Although BMW’s assessment of the recall found the fire risk to be low and fuel loss to be minimal, many owners told stories to the contrary. The complaints ranged from fuel soaked pant legs to soaked garage floors.

BMW has announced they will be remedying the situation by notifying owners, and either replace the fuel pump or reinforce the existing pump flange.

The recall is expected to begin in February 2014. Concerned owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA

  • Victor H.

    The fuel flange on my 2006 R1200GS started to spew gas mid last year. BMW wanted $500+ for a replacement flange and pump assembly (plus labor of course). I was able to patch things up using a reinforcement collar from Beemberbonyard and epoxy and had planned on eventually replacing the flange/fuel pump. Hopefully my dealer will get me a the part for free.

  • Henry Buddy taylor

    BMW has known of this problem but has chose not to admit that far back as 2000 models has this same defects. My 2000 R1100RT burst in flames in my driveway. total lose. I informed BMW Motorad Germany. No reply.

  • jet

    This is why i don’t have one in my stable’s.Ducati is saving there ass’s in sale’s

  • Tom

    From my experience, I’ve seen every BMW rider too busy burning the fuel rather quickly without giving it much time to leak out.


    My 2001 K1200RS I broke 2 of these removing gas tank two separate times when putting the bike up for seasonal storage. Looks like my 2005 R1200RT will need to take up residence outside of my basement for the rest of the winter!
    Kind of a cheesy & over complex design.