2014-2017 BMW R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure Recalled for Fork Issue

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

BMW is recalling R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure models produced from November 2013 to June 2017 to correct a problem with the front fork. Or at least, in Germany there’s a recall; everywhere else, at least, as of this writing, BMW is calling it a “service campaign” as explained in this Facebook post:

PR semantics? Perhaps. But recalls are announced by government agencies in each market individually, regardless of what a manufacturer calls it, and today, Germany’s federal motor vehicle office officially posted a recall for the GS to address this problem. We expect other government agencies, such as the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will follow suit. So yes, this is a recall, affecting about 185,000 units worldwide.

As BMW explains, fork tubes on R1200GS models may get damaged under stress, such as when hitting a pothole. Damaged forks may have a visible gap between the fork tubes and the pressed-in top fork sealing plugs (the area in question is under the dark protective cap at the top of each fork tube in the circle highlighted below).

BMW had previously issued a recall to address a similar issue in early 2013, where fork tubes may loosen due to insufficient torque of a locking bolt. The remedy for that recall required inspecting fork tubes for a gap between the fork tube and the fork tube sealing plug and, in some cases, required crimp-locking the fork tubes.

We’ll have more information about this issue as it emerges, especially if it progresses from a “service campaign” to a full-fledged recall in the U.S.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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