Transport Canada has announced a recall for the 2013 BMW R1200GS due to a potential risk of leaking transmission oil. As yet, no recall has been announced for the U.S. market by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but we expect one shortly.

According to Transport Canada, transmission oil pressure on certain BMW R1200GS units may get too high, resulting in a leak in the output shaft sealing ring. An oil leak directly in front of the rear tire could result in a loss of traction and stability, potentially leading to a crash.

The 2013 BMW R1200GS is almost entirely new, including the transmission which is fully integrated into the engine casing, so there’s no worry about this issue affecting previous model years.

BMW dealers will install an oil restrictor to reduce the oil pressure at the transmission output. The Transport Canada recall affects 31 units of the 2013 BMW R1200GS.

We will have more information if and when NHTSA posts a similar recall for the U.S.

[Source: Transport Canada]

  • Costa

    Not sure if the recall applies here or there is an error somewhere, but the 2013 R1200GS won’t be available in Canada until at the earlier, March of this year.

  • Seeing as how only 31 units are affected these are likely units still in the hands of BMW Canada.

  • Jose

    I bought R1200GS last november 2012 and after I ride 6600km it got leaking transmission oil on rear wheel. The BMW dealer told me that problem was rear bearing and sealing ring. I waiting for 30 day for they fix that problem.