The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially announced the recall for the 2012 BMW S1000RR, providing more information about the problem.
According to documents released by NHTSA, the bolts on the connecting rods in the BMW S1000RR may come loose because of an anti-corrosive agent applied to the bolts. The anti-corrosive agent may effect the bolt torque, potentially leading them to come loose, particularly at high temperatures or rpms.
BMW received 33 warranty claims of engine failure including one in the U.S. The first claim was reported on Jan. 30, 2012, from outside the U.S. An investigation in February determined the engine failed because the connecting rod bolts had come loose but BMW was unable to determine the cause.
By March, BMW received 18 more reports, again from outside the U.S. On March 30, BMW determined the cause of the problem. Two days later, BMW received its first warranty claim from the U.S.
2012 BMW S1000R owners are asked to pay attention to any knocking sounds or unusual vibrations coming from the engine. If these warning signs are detected, riders are asked to keep the engine speed as low as possible and come to a stop when it is safe to do so. Riders are asked to shut down the engine once they are stopped and call BMW Motorcycle Roadside Assistance at 1-877-680-2176.
BMW dealers will replace the connecting rod bolts on affected units and apply a thread-locking agent at no cost to the customer. Under the TREAD Act Customer Reimbursement Plan, customers who have already had this performed at their own expense are eligible for reimbursement.
[Source: NHTSA Campaign ID# 12V177000]
2012 BMW S1000RR Engine Recall