BREAKING: BMW to recall BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles over major fork issue.

It is now believed that German manufacturer BMW Motorrad WILL RECALL every BMW R 1200 GS and GS Adventure after reports of major fork damage have become known worldwide.

Anecdotal 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 of the fixed fork tube, showing itself through a gap between the pipe and the pressed in top seal plugs.

Following a ‘Service Campaign‘ – itself initiated after campaign work from and Belgian motorcycle website – it is now believed that this potential defect has today been considered serious enough by BMW for a full recall campaign to be set in motion.

Motofire understands that the announcement of a full recall for BMW R GS 1200 and R GS 1200 Adventure will take place within days and although it may appear to be semantics at play, the difference between a named ‘service campaign’ compared to a full recall is substantial.

A named recall – something which would be authorised through the various transport agencies withing the recognised countries concerned, elevates the service procedure from one that is undertaken at an owner’s choice to a process that essentially becomes mandatory.  And, whilst a ‘service campaign’ allows riders to continue using their motorcycles and then  only take their bikes into dealers if they so wish, a recall would almost certainly recommend that owners cease from riding their machines until the issue has been fixed by a recognised engineer.

With BMW being suspiciously quiet as the furore over the fork damage issue grew during recent weeks, it’s pleasing to hear rumblings of the company starting to take the steps required to fix the issue.


We’ll update this story once the final details of the recall have been released.



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    July 7, 2017 at 15:22

    The real news is BMW Motorcycles is admitting they made a mistake.

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    Paul Hughson

    July 8, 2017 at 10:13

    Matt Hughson we made the right choice!!

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    Matt Hughson

    July 8, 2017 at 10:27

    This has been rumbling for years. They have denied this issue over and over again. There’s been some really serious injuries and bad crashes, thank god they have finally owned up! Stick to the Dukes eh!!!

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    Will aStronaut

    July 8, 2017 at 21:07

    Makes me glad Ive got an older model!

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    July 8, 2017 at 21:09

    It’ll be interesting to see how many law suits come from this

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    July 8, 2017 at 21:09

    What did you go for?

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    Jack MotoWear

    July 10, 2017 at 13:58

    People pay a lot of money for somethign that is supposed to be premium and different and better than other products only to find out a few years later that their bikes are flowed to the level that can be fatal to them. BMW should respond earlier.

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    Greg Blippy

    July 13, 2017 at 18:08

    It amazes me that BMW has got away with this for so long! This has been an issue since 2013! There is proof that BMW has known about it since then and has tried to keep it under wraps from the public. Now after too many cases are reported on social media they step up 5 years later with a “service bulletin” which due to more pressure is changed to a “recall”! Seriously! How many people had to crash and get injured (maybe even killed) before they react and actually do something? The fix they have come up with is a cheap patch job for a defective and badly designed Stanchion and all the loyal BMW fans are satisfied because their dealer called them to bring their bike for free fitment and a cappuccino! Really?? They need to be exposed for keeping this latent life threatening defect a secret from their trusting loyal customers! Shame on you BMW!!!!

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