2007-2008 BMW K1200R, K1200S Recalled for Foaming Brake Fluid

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BMW is issuing a recall on the 2007-2008 K1200S, K1200R and K1200R Sport models due to a problem with the front brake hydraulics.

In long rides at high rpms, engine vibrations may cause the full front brake fluid to foam. This would occur at a very narrow rev range and only when the brake fluid reservoir is filled to maximum. Bubbles in the brake fluid may cause air to enter the front brake system, reducing braking performance. According to BMW, it is unlikely the brakes would lose their full power. The rear brakes are not affected by this problem, so a rider should still be able to slow or stop a motorcycle affected by this issue.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW received a report of an accident involving a 2007 K1200R in February 2012. The owner of the K1200R stated the front brake was not working as it should. BMW contacted the owner asking to inspect the motorcycle but the owner refused.

Instead, BMW obtained a similar 2007 K1200R and began an investigation but could not reproduce the problem. In July, the owner of the crashed K1200R allowed BMW to inspect his vehicle. BMW was unable to reproduce the problem until it realized the brake fluid level was an important variable.

BMW tested the crashed motorcycle and other K1200 models and were able to replicate the problem wit a full brake fluid reservoir.

The recall affects 1,365 units of the K1200S, 199 units of the K1200R and 498 units of the K1200R Sport, all from model years 2007 and 2008. BMW dealers will install a screen insert in the brake fluid reservoirs of affected units which would prevent foam from entering the brake cables.

[Source: NHTSA]

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  • Eddie Wakefield

    Just got my recall letter.Why don’t BMW fix the real problem with these bikes which is some of them, 1200s and 1300s’s, vibrate so much they are not fit for purpose as a sports tourer. BMW have known of the problem since before the launch of the 1300 that is why 1300′s have foam in the front brake reservoir from new. It is because of BMW’s reluctance to admit to the problem that it has taken 5 years of customers riding 1200′s with the known problem before they now come up with the ‘solution’ that was effected on the 1300′s from new. Instead of fixing the resulting problem, why can’t BMW fix the cause, excessive vibrations.

  • Jim Thomas

    I agree, why 5 years to mainfest this problem on a serious potential brake issue? Also, I have experienced an ABS failure on my K1200s 2007 model on which BMW have flatley refused to acknoledge as a manufacturing fault. MY bike has covered 8100 miles with all servicing and fluid changes according their requirements. Basic laws of physics if there is a chance of air ingress(their words not mine)then there is an opportunity for fluid loss, condensation , the enemy of ABS pumps!! It is my feeling that this bike’s braking system is fundamentally flawed and poorly manufactured. Rubbish!! and so are BMW customer service.

  • HanNaSolo

    Just wonder why BMW asks a lot of money for their rubish R1200 GS….Seems manufacured in Eastern Europe, troble-prone, just a piece of garbage….They should manufacture it in China for less than $ 1000 and ask 20,000 Eur for their junk.