Recall: BMW R1200RT Equipped with Dynamic ESA

07/02/2014 @ 12:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS


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

Note: Owners of Dynamic ESA-equipped 2014 BMW R1200RT motorcycles are still advised not to ride their motorcycles until the units have been remedied.

Source: NHTSA

  • Paul McM

    Well, this may be a good thing. I’ve been thinking about buying this bike, used, in a couple years or so. The negative fall-out from this serious recall may taint the bike’s reputation, softening the resale values. I recently put 700 miles on a near-new R1200RT. Loved pretty much everything about the bike, except the motor — which was pretty vibey at 75-85 mph, right where we do a lot of cruising out West. I’m hoping that the new “wet-head” motor may be an improvement in this regard. BTW, the automated windscreen on the 2013 R1200RT works astonishingly well — down for cooling air, up for quiet zone. The 2013 R1200RT was quieter at 60 mph than my ST1100 at 35 mph. Honest. I was shocked at the difference. Why can’t the Japanese figure out aerodynamics like the Krauts?

  • paulus

    Perhaps the Krauts should have spent less time on the screen and more on the shock ;)
    (only joking… BMW, love your stuff)