2014 BMW R1200RT Recalled, Riding Ban Advised Because of Faulty Suspension Hazard

Are you the proud owner of a brand new 2014 BMW R1200RT and can hardly wait to visit the 2014 BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? That’s really sweet, but you won’t be able to, as the Bavarian manufacturer issued a riding ban for this very model, advising customers not to operate their motorcycles, as they’re about to be recalled for a very serious problem.
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Just like we’ve seen on several other occasions when it came to the new generation of motorcycles equipped with the nifty liquid-cooled engine, it’s the suspensions which might put riders and other motorists in danger. Official BMW sources say that there’s a recall coming, with a target of around 8,000 2014 R1200RT motorcycles potentially affected by this problem worldwide.

Under certain circumstances, the rear suspension piston rod might break, causing potential loss of control over the bike, and increasing the risk of a crash and injury. BMW mentions that only the bikes equipped with the Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) are subject to this recall, and the problem was not detected with the rest of the models.

Apparently BMW received a safety notice from its supplier and decided to issue a riding ban for the affected motorcycles. No accident or injury has been reported at the time of writing and honestly, we hope this situation remains the same as it is now. A recall was issued in Germany and will soon be followed by a similar campaign in the US and other markets these bikes have been sold to. 1,053 bikes have been sold in Germany alone, BMW informs.

The German maker also adds that the “technical action” is still being prepared, and the spare parts which will be replaced at no cost for the customer may not be in the dealerships yet. That is, don’t rush to haul your bike to your dealer’s garage as it may not be able to help you. The wisest decision is to call your nearest BMW dealer and ask for details and schedule a repair.

Hopefully BMW sorts this out quickly, as the BMW Motorrad Days are only a fortnight away, and some Bemmer fans will definitely not be happy for being prevented to rider their new tourers in Garmisch…

Check out this 2014 BMW R1200RT hi-res photo gallery, as well.

UPDATE: Follow the link to read more on the BMW Motorrad USA compensation program for the 2014 R1200RT customers.
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