BMW R nineT Recalled for Rear Turn Signals

The BMW R nineT neo-retro machine is definitely a looker thanks to its minimalistic design that reminds of the old R machines. However, making some mandatory equipment as unobtrusive as possible not to spoil the overall look might create some problems. And that’s why BMW is now forced to replace the rear turn signals on all the units sold in North America.
2014 BMW R nineT 1 photo
Photo: BMW Motorrad
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informs that the design of the rear turn signals on the BMW R nineT makes them hard to see by drivers of other vehicles behind. And that’s because they are too short and don’t stick out as much, easily being obscured by the number plate or tail extension from most angles.

And we all know bikers already have to live with the fact they are not seen by drivers most of the time. Adding the fact that people won’t see their turn signals flashing during a change of direction only makes the problem worse.

As such, BMW R nineT models made between 2014-2015 will have to receive new rear turn signals. The compliant ones come with longer arms to stick out more and be seen clearly.

Owners will be notified to take their machines to the nearest dealership where technicians will replace the faulty signals with the new ones free of charge. The operation is expected to happen on October 21, 2016, and if you have any other questions regarding the subject, you may call BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7477.

Until then, take care while you ride your R nineT and don’t aggravate the situation by mounting some large aftermarket bags on the tail of the bike. Of course, those that went for a set of a different design aftermarket turn signals might be spared of the ordeal, but do check if your new units stick out further than to stock ones and are not obstructed by the number plate bracket.
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