BMW Motorrad had announced a service campaign to rectify a small defect with the front forks of its adventure-touring models, the R1200 GS and R1200 GS Adventure. It has now been upgraded to an official recall, because the forks can suffer damage due to high stress incidents. These incidents could be caused while riding over an obstacle or through deep potholes at high speeds or during a fall. The damage can be identified by a gap between the pipe and top seal plugs.
The manufacturer had earlier termed it as a service campaign to reduce the legal obligations which come with a recall. Owners had to voluntarily bring their bikes to the service stations and get them checked and fixed if necessary. Now, with an increase in reports of serious injury due to the fork failure, BMW Motorrad has issued a recall. The owners of bikes manufactured between November 2013 and June 2017 will be contacted for inspection and repair of their bikes if required. The manufacturer will fit the affected bikes with an additional fork tube brush or fit new parts to the bikes with stanchion damage.
BMW Motorrad sells both the R1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure in India. The bikes are priced at ₹ 16.13 lakhs (ex-showroom) and ₹ 17.75 lakhs (ex-showroom) respectively. There is no update from the Indian arm of BMW Motorrad regarding this recall, but as soon as we get word, we’ll update you.