Recall: BMW R nineT

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Today we have news of the fifth (#1, #2, #3, & #4 here) BMW Motorrad recall in roughly a month’s time, as 3,368 units of the BMW R nineT (2014-2017 model years) are being recalled for swingarm pivot pin bolt that may loosen itself.

The issue stems from a supplier production process error, where one or more bolts that connect the right-side pivot pin to the frame may loosen as a result of an improper specification of the chamfer cutting process in the frame. 

As a result, proper clamp force may not have been achieved during final torqueing process. If the right-hand side pivot pin to the frame loosens itself, it can affect the handling and stability of the motorcycle, which increases the chances of a crash.

As such, BMW Motorrad will notify affected R nineT owners, and BMW motorcycle dealers will clean and re-install the pivot pin bolts.

Dealers will also torque the bolts to the correct tightening spec, as well as apply locking adhesive to the bolts – all free of charge.

The recall for the BMW R nineT is expected to begin October 9, 2017. Concerned owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or by email at

As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA

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