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BMW forced to check every R1200 GS bike in the world after reports of critical ‘fork damage’.

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Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad are requesting that every BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure owner take their bike in to a dealer for a ‘check’ after reports of major fork damage become recognised worldwide.

Yes. You heard that right. BMW are requesting that every BMW GS manufactured between November 2013 and June 2017 be taken to a service centre immediately. That’s basiocally every liquid-cooled GS in the world ever made. However, the language used by the company has been very carefully crafted to avoid calling this a ‘recall’.

A recall would escalate the service procedure to being mandatory and one that must be performed by BMW on all bikes. Instead a ‘service campaign’ essentially allows riders to continue using their motorcycles and only take it into dealers if they so wish.

After a testing few weeks for the manufacturer, who had been suspiciously quiet on any potential problems, despite the thorough and excellent, investigative work of online outlets such as the Belgian motorcycling website Maxxmoto, it would now appear that the firm are now at least publically aware of the issue.

A website setup with the explicit intention of making the issue publically known – BMWFatalFlaw.com – has already been online for some time.

A notice posted on the official facebook page for the firm would appear to confirm that BMW are aware of a problem and are offering riders the opportunity to have it rectified.

“As part of a service campaign, BMW Motorrad is checking the fixed fork tubes of the front forks on motorcycles of the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure models for the production period November 2013 – June 2017.

BMW Motorrad has determined during ongoing field observations that the fixed fork tube of the specified models can suffer preliminary damage due to unusual incidents with momentary high stress without the user noticing the damage, e.g. through changed drivability. Such high stress can be caused e.g. when driving over an obstacle, during a fall or when driving through deep potholes with unvarying speed. Preliminary damage to the front wheel rim is also not unusual in such cases, but need not be necessarily present.

Potential preliminary damage to the fixed fork tube manifests itself through a gap between the pipe and the pressed in top seal plugs. For the check, the rubber grommet mounted in this position must be pushed down.
BMW Motorrad has therefore decided to check the above-mentioned vehicles and repair them if required. The owners of the affected motorcycles will be informed by BMW Motorrad. The service campaign is free of charge for customers.

Best regards,
BMW Motorrad Team”

Annecdotal reports online and across social media had been running rampant of late, with many riders appearing to confirm the suspicions of a significant design flaw with regards to a failure of the telelever.

We have put together a FB Page and website to gather all of the accounts of previous incidents, and have created a petition to hold BMW accountable. Please sign it here: http://bmwfatalflaw.com/#petition#BMWFatalFlaw

Posted by Gillian Fraser on Saturday, 24 June 2017

 

Details of the exact nature of the problem are hard to find, but documents issued by BMW in the US – and unearthed by MaxxMoto – dating as far back as April 2013, would appear to confirm that the company have been aware of similar (if not the same) problems and explicitly state that there were early problems with the ‘press plug’.

MaxxMoto – in a report about BMW South Africa, who would appear to be the first BMW outlet to openly acknowldge the issue – describe the problem as offering potentially ‘critical riding conditions’.

“BMW Motorrad has determined during ongoing field observations that the fixed fork tube of the specified models can suffer preliminary damage under certain circumstances when high stress can occur without the customer noticing the damage. Such high stress can be caused when for example, when riding over an obstacle in the road, during a fall or when riding through deep potholes with unvarying speed.

There may not be any visible damage to the front wheel however any severe impact should be checked by an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer.

Potential preliminary damage to the fixed fork tube manifests itself through a gap between the pipe and the pressed in top seal plugs which can be seen if the rubber grommet is moved down the stanchion.

If the fit of the pressed in seal plug has become loose, the gap may increase through longer usage and where the vehicle experiences high stress situations. This usually results in oil leaks, a clacking noise as well as increasingly imprecise steering.

If these signals are not observed or are ignored and further high stress incidents occur, the plug may become completely loose. Subsequently, critical riding conditions cannot be ruled out.”

There are no confirmed details with regsards to any injuries – or worse – casued by the issue on one of BMW’s most popular and well-loved machines, but the stories claimed to have been caused by the defect on BMWFatalFlaw.com are hard to look at for anyone who has a low-tolerance of reading of other people’s pain.

With a major, global service notice now in existence, it’s clear that more information will become clear within the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got a GS or GS Adventure, we’d recommend taking it to your local dealer as soon as physically possible.

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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