Transport Canada Recalls 2013 BMW R1200GS for Traction Control Bug

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The 2013 BMW R1200GS hasn’t arrived in showrooms yet and it’s already been subjected to its second recall in Canada. Fortunately, this means the problems should be corrected before BMW‘s updated adventure-tourer gets delivered to customers.

Earlier this month, Transport Canada announced a recall for the new R1200GS for a potential transmission oil leak. The Canadian department of transportation has now announced a second recall for the GS’ Automatic Stability Control (i.e. traction control system.) This affects only those models with ASC installed as well as an optional plug-in that unlocks the “Enduro Pro” ride mode.

The “Enduro Pro” mode is specifically calibrated for off-road use and adjusts both ABS and traction control to allow for rear wheel slide. According to Transport Canada, the ASC system may not reactivate following off-road use while in the “Enduro Pro” ride mode. The ASC’s warning light would also not illuminate, which may lead the rider into thinking the traction control system is on and working when in fact it is disengaged.

The problem can be fixed with an ASC software update. Because the 2013 BMW R1200GS is not yet available to consumers, the problem should be corrected long before the GS gets into the hands of buyers. The Transport Canada recall affects 33 units.

[Source: Transport Canada]

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  • Kevin Kruger

    Sad to see so many people relying on electronics to control the bike for them. What happened to a basic machine that gets the job done?
    If I had to buy a new GS I’d tell the salesman to drop all the fiddly electronics,because my 2004 model did not have it and it’s going on to 100 000km and it is still SHEER RIDING PLEASURE!