R1200GS NHTSA Recalls (USA)

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These are records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (as of May, 2007) pertaining to recalls on the BMW R1200GS models for various years. I encourage you to visit the NHTSA site for the official version -- this is just a collection I reformatted to put all the information in one place (plus add some VIN numbers which aren't available from the NHTSA).

Note that provided you've had your bike serviced at a BMW shop which has the proper diagnostic computer, and which connected your bike to said computer, it is 99.9% likely that these recalls have been already done to your bike (if necessary).

Thanks to "Greg" for suggesting I add this page, and for the leg work to discover the VIN ranges affected by each recall.

In the table below, select the year and model in which you are interested, then find the appropriate links to specific recall information which appears further down on this page...

Last updated: May, 2007
Year R1200GS Adventure HP2
2004 Service brakes, Hydraulic
Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock
Fuel System: Fuel pump
   
2005 Service brakes, Hydraulic
Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock #1
Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock #2
Fuel System: Fuel pump
Service brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components
Engine & Engine Cooling
   
2006 Tires: Valve
Service brakes, Hydraulic
Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock
Power Train: Clutch Assembly
Tires: Valve Power Train
Power Train: Clutch Assembly
Service brakes, Hydraulic
2007      


Tires: Valve

Campaign ID#: 06V486000 Mfg's Report Date: Dec 8, 2006
Component: Tires: Valve
Models Affected: '06 R1200GS & Adventure
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 144

Summary: On certain motorcycles, the tire inflation valve hole in the rim of the cross-spoke wheel which is equipped with the optional tire pressure monitoring system (TPM) was incorrectly manufactured. A leak may develop at this location possibly causing sudden deflation of the tire.

Consequence: If this happened, motorcycle handling and control would be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will temporarily deactivate the TPM system, remove the corresponding valves and integral TPM sensors, and then replace them with standard valves. When a permanent repair is available, owners will be notified to bring their vehicles in for reactivation of the TPM system and replacement of the integral TPM sensors and valves. The recall began on January 12, 2007. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-331-1117.

Notes: Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov/.


Service brakes, Hydraulic

Campaign ID#: 06V134000 Mfg's Report Date: Apr 14, 2006
Component: Service brakes, Hydraulic.
Models Affected: '04 — '06 R1200GS & '06 HP2
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 9,260

Summary: On certain motorcycles, if certain procedures are performed that involves removal of the front left brake caliper, the ABS sensor cable can be routed incorrectly and when the caliper is reinstalled, the sensor cable can come into contact and rub against the front brake disc. Over time, if the chafing becomes severe, it is possible to lose the ABS function.

Consequence: Loss of ABS function could increase the risk of a crash during certain riding conditions.

Remedy: Dealers will attach additional retaining clips free of charge to the ABS sensor cable, which will provide a more secure connection to the wheel carrier. The recall is expected to begin during April 2006. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Notes: Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock

Campaign ID#: 06V164000 Mfg's Report Date: May 12, 2006
Component: Service brakes, Hydraulic:Antilock.
Models Affected: '04 — '06 R1200GS & '06 HP2
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 13,200

Summary: On certain motorcycles, under rapid, repeated, and unusually harsh braking, loss of ABS capability could temporarily occur.

Consequence: Temporary loss of ABS braking could increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will add a physical restriction, in the form of a banjo bolt with a flow restrictor to the brake line, and on certain models dealers will install new front brake discs of a slightly larger thickness free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2006. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Notes: Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Fuel System: Fuel Pump

Campaign ID#: 05V082000 Mfg's Report Date: Feb 21, 2005
Component: Fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump.
Models Affected: '04 — '05 R1200GS
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 3,084

Summary: On certain motorcycles, the defect involves a water leak around the fuel pump that is integrated within the fuel tank. An O-ring seal attached to the pump's electronic housing does not meet specifications and water can bypass this seal and contact the pump electronics.

Consequence: Engine stalling, or a failure to start, could occur without prior warning. If stalling were to occur while the motorcycle was being driven, the rider would be unable to maintain speed or accelerate and a crash could occur without prior warning.

Remedy: Dealers will replace a sealing ring. If the fuel pump electronic unit is corroded, it will be replaced. The recall began May 9, 2005. Owners should contact BMW at 1 (800) 831-1117.

Notes: Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1 (888) DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Power Train: Clutch Assembly

Campaign ID#: 06V104000 Mfg's Report Date: Mar 33, 2006
Component: Power Train:Clutch Assembly.
Models Affected: '06 R1200GS & HP2
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 453

Summary: On certain motorcycles, the clutch components could become loose while the motorcycle is being operated.

Consequence: If this happened, the components could exit through the engine casting increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will install new clutch components free of charge. All motorcycles are located at dealers. No motorcycles have been sold to customers.

Notes: Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Service brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components

Campaign ID#: 04V576000 Mfg's Report Date: Nov 29, 2004
Component: Service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Hoses, lines/piping, and fittings.
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 485
Models Affected: '05 R1200GS
VINs affected: *ZL76609 thru *ZL77188

Summary: On certain motorcycles, an adapter in the rear brake line connects a rigid section to a flexible section. If the rigid section is not properly engaged in the adapter, it is possible for a leak to develop.

Consequence: Brake fluid loss could result. The rear braking capability would not be possible, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the rear brake line and adapter. If the inspection reveals that the rigid section of the brake line is not properly engaged in the adapter, then the entire adapter will be replaced. The recall began December 15, 2004. Owners should contact BMW at 1 (800) 831-1117.

Notes: Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1 (888) DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Engine and Engine Cooling

Campaign ID#: 05V172000 Mfg's Report Date: Apr 18, 2005
Component: Engine and engine cooling.
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 500
Models Affected: '05 R1200GS
VINs affected: *ZL75030 thru *ZL75530

Summary: On certain motorcycles, exposure of the throttle housing to road debris could fall and become caught between the throttle-body and the engine block.

Consequence: This could restrict movement of the throttle-cable pulley that, in turn, could affect throttle operation and increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will install a cover over the throttle-cable pulley. The recall began May 10, 2005. Owners should contact BMW AT 1 (800) 831-1117.

Notes: Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1 (888) DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Service brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock #2

Campaign ID#: 04V297000 Mfg's Report Date: Jun 03, 2004
Component: Service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock.
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 99
Models Affected: '05 R1200GS
VINs affected: *ZL75012 thru *ZL75378

Summary: On certain motorcycles, the integral anti-lock brake system (IABS) sensor sealing O-ring connection at the rear axle housing may be damaged. An oil leak may develop.

Consequence: If this happens, oil could contact the rear wheel and the rear wheel brake disk, and the rider may not be able to control the motorcycle. A crash could occur.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the rear wheel IABS sensor sealing O-ring. The recall began July 14, 2004. Owners should contact BMW at 1 (800) 831-1117.

Notes: Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1 (888) DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Power Train

Campaign ID#: 06V399000 Mfg's Report Date: Oct 06, 2006
Component: Power Train
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 700
Models Affected: '06 HP2

Summary: On certain motorcycles, during assembly, the final-drive assembly O-ring may not have been installed correctly. A leak may occur at the location of this O-ring which is near the rear brake disc.

Consequence: If a leak were to occur, oil could come into contact with the rear brake disc, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new O-ring in the final-drive assembly. The recall began on October 27, 2006. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Notes: Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov/.

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