BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao Recalled Over Engine Stalling Possibility

BMW G650GS Sertao 1 photo
The North American branch of BMW Motorrad and the NHTSA announced a recall campaign that is aimed at bringing in 1,060 motorcycles for software update. The bikes in question are the BMW G650GS and G650GS Sertao models.
Riders of model year 2013 through 2015 G650GS and model year 2013-2014 G650GS Sertao might experience engine stalling shortly before the motorcycle is brought to a stop. Even though the engine stall might occur at low speed, BMW believes that this abnormal behavior is enough to increase the risk of a crash, injuries and/or property damage.

The scenario when the engines of these two BMW models might stall includes pulling the clutch lever while the throttle is closed, which is exactly what a rider would do prior to bringing the motorcycle to a full stop.

BMW tracked down the source of this behavior to the software installed in these machines' ECUs. A part of the engine control software that regulates the idle engine speed is responsible for the entire hassle.

BMW will have to reprogram the ECUs of the affected bikes

BMW has already instructed their dealers how to fix this problem, and it looks like reprogramming the ECU software is the only method. Motorcycles in the affected series that are still in dealerships have been placed under a "stop sales" ban until each of them receives the software upgrade.

Each customer will be notified by a letter. The dealers will carry out the ECU software update free of charge, BMW reports.

No mentions of crashes or injuries have been made in the documents provided by the NHTSA. Likewise, no mention about a riding band was made, which makes us believe the defect is not that serious as to endanger the customers who are using the bikes.
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