Recall: BMW K1300GT & BMW K1300S

10/08/2009 @ 4:16 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS


BMW is recalling certain 2009 K1300GT and K1300S motorcycles for faulty switches on the handlebars for both the direction indicator and the emergency engine off/engine-start functions. Failure of these switches could cause BMW riders to have to manually hand signal their direction changes, which could expose the fact that dentists don’t know how to signal right-hand turns.

Seriously though in such cases, the directional indicator and/or the emergency engine-off/start functions would be rendered inoperative, which could result in the engine stalling, and increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect and replace the necessary components free of charge. BMW has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117, and the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Reference campaign #09V384000.

Source: NHTSA

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  • Destiny Altered

    Anyone know if this stalling is the stalling discussed on several K-bike forums which is supposed to be fixed by (variously) an ECU change, Chevron Techron and cleaning the throttle slides?

  • Hayabrusa

    My understanding is that its something else – more electrical-related. But, I’m just one guy and could be wrong – I don’t claim to be a know-it-all :)

  • right — 2 different problems, the recall in question is electrical-contact related…if your bike is affected (won’t start, blinkers non-op) cover the controls with a cloth or park your bike in the shade for a time…it’ll start right up. A micro expantion occurs when the controls get hot, causing the elec connection to be broken. When cool, they function normally. BMW is replacing the unit on affected bikes, and new ones are retrofitted.

  • Dan

    The BMW K1300S and GT had two stalling problem recalls. The electrical switch was the first one. The second recall alleged “bad” gasoline and was resolved with an engine management software update. However, prior to the second recall, carbon buildup on valves was found in some engines and cleaned. A forum post on stated that BMW finally found that fuel injectors had been shipped by a subcontractor with a preservative that was not cleaned prior to engine assembly.

  • Dave

    My new BMW K1300GT with 400 miles failed and stranded me in northern Upper Peninsula in an area without cell phone service. The starter/kill switch was the culprit. Didn’t know that I was supposed to check for all recalls prior to taking a trip! Never got notification of this issue.

    My dealer fixed it in a hurry when I got back to Detroit and apologized. Also replaced the computer at that time, so now it stalls repeatedly when I stop. Dangerous as hell. What is the “Lemon Law” and get a new simple and reliable Kawasaki?

  • Dave

    and another thing… this cannot be a fuel related issue. First of all the bike is new without any build up of deposits in the engine. Secondly, I use Shell 93 octane. It is clearly an electical/computer software problem that is very unacceptable. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BIKE is my advice.