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BMW Motorrad recalls over 9,000 motorcycles for faulty brake components

Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW Motorrad of North America has recalled 9,392 BMW motorcycles for issues with braking components. According to reports 8 BMW products have been affected by the recall 2019 & 2020 BMW R 1250 GS, 2019 & 2020 BMW R 1250 GS ADVENTURE, 2019 & 2020 BMW R 1250 RT, 2020 BMW S 1000 RR and 2020 BMW S 1000 XR. The recall process will begin on 6th October in the US. It is important to note that no death or injuries have been reported pertaining to the recall. 

Over time, on the affected certain motorcycles, front brake callipers may leak brake fluid when parked which can reduce the amount of brake fluid in the reservoir and the low brake fluid quantity in the brake fluid reservoir could affect the braking performance of the vehicle resulting in a risk of a crash. Such motorcycles with leaking also fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 122, “Motorcycle Brake Systems.”

The leaking brake callipers which can be said as ‘weeping’ is caused by a small incompatibility between the seal groove of the brake calliper and the inner seal. Weeping is a low-pressure condition and does not occur with the brake actuation because the path from which it is leaking (Weeping) is closed. This weeping effect does not cause spontaneous loss of brake pressure while riding but over time if left unchecked it can cause a risk if the brake fluid volume gets too low to the point that there is no brake fluid left which may cause diminished braking and loss of brake pressure.

The brand will remedy the issue by inspecting the affected motorcycles and, if necessary, the front brake callipers will be replaced with an improved version. The brand has also announced that owners will be notified by First Class mail and instructed to take their motorcycle to an authorized BMW motorcycle dealer to have the remedy performed for free.