BMW R1200RT Recalls: 2013, 2018, 2021

Many 2014 model-year BMW R1200RT motorcycles were recalled due to potential safety risks related to the Dynamic ESA electronic suspension package. BMW issued a recall for over 43,000 motorcycles in March 2015 including certain 2005–2010 R1200RT models.

In 2021, BMW Motorrad issued a Safety Recall (21V-060) for Model Year 2011-2014 BMW R1200RT motorcycles in the US.

In 2021, BMW Motorrad UK found failures in the rear suspension piston rod assembly.

Rear-Wheel Mounting Flange Defect

In March 2015, BMW issued a recall for over 43,000 motorcycles, including certain 2005–2010 R1200RT models, due to potential cracks in the rear wheel mounting flange.

The recall extends to other models manufactured between November 2003 and April 2011. This safety concern arose from excessive torque applied to the wheel bolts, leading to cracks in the flange.

If the mounting flange cracks, the rear wheel could loosen while riding, increasing the risk of losing control or crashing the motorcycle.

BMW, attributing the discovery to ongoing quality analyses, emphasized the safety of motorcycles with uncracked flanges and properly torqued bolts until the recall service is performed.

The solution involves replacing the flange with a more robust part, with some riders already opting for steel replacements due to reported issues with the original aluminum flanges.

BMW issued instructions for inspecting the flange and replacing it if cracked. The replacement used an upgraded steel part to prevent cracking. The process took about 2 hours at dealerships.

Dealers started performing the recall service on 21 April 2015, replacing the aluminum flange with a steel counterpart at no cost to owners.

Rear Suspension Fault

BMW Motorrad issued a global alert concerning the 2014 BMW R1200RT due to potential safety risks related to the Dynamic ESA electronic suspension package.

The concern revolves around a potential defect in the rear spring strut, with the possibility of the piston rod breaking.

To prioritize customer safety, BMW Motorrad strongly advised the 2014 R1200RT owners, totaling 8,000 motorcycles worldwide, not to ride until further notice.

This precautionary measure stems from a supplier report, with no reported injuries to date.

BMW Motorrad had successfully performed a technical campaign to replace the affected components, underscoring their commitment to customer safety.

BMW R1200RT Recalls

Suspension Component Failure

In 2021, BMW Motorrad UK urgently advised R1200RT owners to stop riding after finding failures in the rear suspension piston rod assembly.

Certain batches had inadequate heat treatment, leading to cracks and breakage of the plunger rod which could impair shock absorption and bike handling if broken.

BMW promptly identified the potentially dangerous defect and advised customers to get an immediate replacement of the component free of charge, prioritizing safety.

Refer to our article on R1200RT ESA Problems for more information on suspension issues.

Fuel Pump Recall: 2011-2014 Models

In 2021, BMW Motorrad issued a Safety Recall (21V-060) for Model Year 2011-2014 BMW R1200RT models in the US.

During the production of the fuel pump by a supplier, a support ring on the fuel pump flange was installed using a pneumatic fastening tool.

Over time, cracks may develop at this location, potentially leading to a small fuel leak during operation.

The fuel leak, if ignited, could pose a fire hazard.

Affected customers were notified by BMW Motorrad USA via first-class mail starting this month.

Vehicles were flagged with campaign 0000163900 in AIR, with other BMW systems possibly taking 24-48 hours to update.

Dealers were reminded of the federal law (The Safety Act) prohibiting the sale, lease, or delivery of affected vehicles until the recall repair has been performed, with substantial civil penalties for non-compliance.

The faulty fuel pumps were replaced with an improved version. The replacement was performed at no charge.

Recall Process and Customer Communication

For recalls, BMW emails and mails letters to registered owners of impacted bikes, providing recall instructions and requesting they schedule service appointments.

Using registration info and customer databases, BMW identified and contacted all owners multiple times via mail over several months to complete recall servicing.

Failure to execute safety recalls exposes BMW to legal responsibility for issues linked to known defects. BMW aims to fully comply with regulations.

Recent Quality Control Challenges

Multiple key R1200RT recalls since 2013 stem from durability issues or components getting through Quality Control.

BMW publicly communicates about defects impacting safety, recalling affected vehicles, and replacing components.

Complex modern motorcycles require extensive testing and risk analysis across manufacturers. Recalls are common as issues emerge.

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