BMW R1200GS recalled in India for stanchion separation issue


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BMW Motorrad India has issued a recall of the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure motorcycles over a stanchion separation issue. According to media reports, models K50 and K51 built during November 2013 and June 2017 are affected by the issue. BMW has notified owners of these bikes about possible damage to the fork tubes that might be caused due to unusually high stress on stanchion components.

Riding through potholes and other obstacles would generally result in damage to the rim, however in some cases, the press-fitted top seal plugs could come lose. In such a scenario, the gap between the rubber grommet and the tube would be apparent and would start leaking oil. The rider would hear a "clacking noise" and should experience "imprecise drivability", according to BMW Motorrad India.

In a letter sent out to R1200GS customers, the company confirms that the repairs will be done free of charge. 

The flaw in the R1200GS first came to light when South African enthusiast, Tony Georgiou suffered a major crash, when the stanchion on his 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure failed. He claims that he was thrown off the bike at about 45 km/h. In the resulting impact, Tony suffered a broken shoulder, 10 fractured ribs and a punctured lung. His request for compensation fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile, BMW never acknowledged the issue. You can follow his story here.

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