BMW Motorrad USA has two recalls this week, and the first one concerns the braking components on 9,392 motorcycles, across five models.
Specifically, the recall affects certain BMW R1250GS (2019-2020), BMW R1250GS Adventure (2019-2020, BMW R1250RT (2019-2020, BMW S1000RR (2020), BMW S1000XR (2020) motorcycles.
According to recall documents, the front brake calipers may leak brake fluid when parked. Overtime, a leaking caliper can reduce the brake fluid volume in the reservoir, and affect the brake performance.
The leak is slow and does not immediately cause the brakes to fail. Instead, riders may notice the start of front brake caliper weeping by brake fluid sweat marks on the caliper. Riders may also notice fluid marks on the front rim, tire, and/or on the ground.
Additionally, if this condition continued to occur over a long period of time, riders would also observe this condition via the brake fluid reservoir “window” mounted on the handlebars. Riders are encouraged to check the brake system during a pre-ride inspection as outlined within the Rider’s Manual.
Nonetheless, these motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 122, “Motorcycle Brake Systems.”
To remedy the issue, BMW Motorrad will notify affected owners, and BMW dealers will inspect and if necessary, replace the front brake calipers with an improved version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2020.
Concerned BMW motorcycle owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.