BMW is issuing a recall on the 2012 BMW S1000RR because of a risk of engine failure.

According to a post on the official BMW Motorcycles USA Facebook page, the connecting rod bolts may loosen and fall out. This may result cause the engine to seize, creating the risk of a crash. The problem may also cause the engine to leak oil directly in front of the rear wheel, potentially reducing traction.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet announced a recall, but BMW’s Facebook post (quoted below) says it is issuing a delivery hold and is recalling 1,414 units.

Transport Canada has already issued a recall for Canada affecting 112 units.

BMW dealers will replace connecting rod bolts on recalled units and apply a thread locking agent to correct the problem.

Here’s the notice posted on BMW Motorcycle USA’s Facebook page:


BMW has issued a delivery hold and is recalling 1,414 2012 model year BMW S1000 RR motorcycles to inspect and correct a potential problem with loosening of the connecting rod bolts. As a result of a manufacturing process error, the bolts could loosen and fall out. If this happens, the engine may fail, seize, and/or leak oil. Approximately 900 of the affected motorcycles are still in BMW or dealer inventory and will be inspected and corrected prior to customer delivery. Owners of potentially affected motorcycles will be notified by mail in May advising them to bring their motorcycles to an authorized BMW Motorcycle dealer to have the recall performed. The connecting rod bolts will be replaced and installed with a thread locking agent.

Please contact our Customer Relations team at 1-800-525-7417 if you have additional questions.


[Source: BMW Motorcycles USA (Facebook), Transport Canada Recall Campaign 2012140]