Almost 10 000 BMW bikes in SA to be recalled

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A 2009 BMW R1200 GS

South African BMW motorcycle owners, who own bikes as old as 2003 models, are affected by a global recall wherein more than 300 000 BMW bikes are being recalled.

The rear wheel flange of the K and R series bikes manufactured between November 2003 and April 2011, may crack as result of over-tightened brake disc bolts or wheel nuts.

According to BMW South Africa, 9 429 local bikes are affected.

This includes the popular dual-sport R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, as well as tourers such as the BMW K 1600 GTL .

BMW Motorrad global have stated “As part of a technical campaign involving motorcycles of the R and K Series produced between 11.2003 and 04.2011, BMW Motorrad will replace the wheel flange of the rear suspension as a precaution.”

According to Edward Makwana, manager of BMW’s group automotive communications, arrangements will be made to replace the flange.

“We will be informing owners of the affected bikes to make an appointment with their preferred BMW dealerships to replace the wheel flange of the rear suspension,” Makwana said.

According to a local BMW Motorrad service manager, riding with a cracked flange can allow the wheel to collapse or come off.

“Riding with a cracked flange can be very dangerous. The current flanges will be replaced by more robust units, while spacers and disk brake bolts will most likely also be replaced,” he said.

Report by Simon Sonnekus

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