Another Recall for the 2013 BMW R1200GS

05/24/2014 @ 6:54 pm, by Bryan Delohery10 COMMENTS


After an a recall early in 2013, involving high oil pressure levels in the transmissions of certain 2013 BMW R1200GS models, BMW was forced to install an oil restrictor to reduce oil pressure at the transmission output.

At the time, BMW was concerned about the high oil pressures in the transmission causing the rear sealing ring to come unseated and leak oil onto the rear tire.

After plugging that leak before any of the bikes managed to reach dealers, and despite installing the oil restrictor, the issue has resurfaced, this time leading to a non-serious accident in Italy, in March of this year.

After engineering analyses were completed last month, BMW determined that the oil restrictor was not sufficient enough to keep oil pressure levels in the transmission from pushing the sealing ring out of place and keeping oil off the rear tire.

As such, dealers will be installing a bracket to prevent the seal from being pushed out of place, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014.

Concerned owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or online at

Source: NHTSA

  • Motogpdr

    What happened to the car division is now happening to the Motorrad division…poor quality control and no more ” German engineering” quality in design…such a shame…..

  • Xan

    @motogprd: you should like some sensational news outlet. Feel free to compare recall numbers of any motorcycle manufacturer, and I think you’ll find that BMW is far from in the lead.

    If you prefer to buy bikes from companies that don’t have recalls, I think you’ll have a pretty small list of choices.

  • Shawn

    What, no stock photo of a 2013 engine?

  • JonPeasley

    Hi Shawn, what makes you think this isn’t a 2013 motor? That little plastic fitting under cylinder head exhaust looks like it’s just begging for a rad hose. Truthfully I’m not certain either, just wondering what you are seeing.

  • SoCalPhun

    Engine pictured is what now considered a “classic” version, meaning, the air/oil cooled motor.

    The new water-cooled version has the intake and exhaust ports in the north/south position. The classic had the intake and exhaust ports in the east/west position.

    Another sign is the alternator positioned on top of the motor….yes, the classic actually had a alternator, just like a car.

  • Shawn

    Jon – 2013 engine is the first water-cooled boxer. Intake on the “top”, exhaust on the “bottom”. That this engine has the intake on the “back” of the cylinder makes it the older air/oil-cooled engine.

  • Fixed.

  • Laird Crispin

    “….determined that the oil restrictor was not sufficient enough to keep oil pressure levels in the transmission from pushing…” is a redundancy. Should read “….determined that the oil restrictor was not sufficient to keep oil pressure levels in the transmission from pushing…”

  • Jose Barreira

    Well… it’s just another cutting back! This is the way they think; “Let’s cut here and here and pray that all goes well”

  • Dustin

    A recall is not an indication of bad design or engineering. They could have done something better to fix the problem at dealer but the original leak probably only happened on a hand full of engines, with various tolerances that product high pressures and loose seals. A new problem is found and a new fix is implemented, so is the way of the world when 100’s of parts are used per engine.

    Stop bad mouthing manufactures that have increased performance and reliability year after year when they do make a mistake on a brand new engine design and they and fix it. Of course they are going to try a cheap solution for parts in the field, they pay to have the mechanic fix it just like we all do. But I bet ones made after the problem was found have a better fix on them.

    Sorry hit a nerve. We all try to make good cars/bikes but until they are in the field we can’t predict all failures. (some of GM’s decisions not withstanding)