BMW reported a record second quarter with sales of 40,209 motorcycles for the three months ended June 30, 2013. The quarter saw a year-on-year increase of 15.5% from sales of 34,816 motorcycles reported in 2012. For the year to date, BMW has sold 64,941 motorcycles, also a record for first half sales in the company’s […]
2013 BMW R1200GS Deliveries Delayed to Fix Suspension Issue
BMW has reportedly delayed delivers of the revamped R1200GS in Italy to correct a problem with its Telelever front suspension.
The delay affected some early deliveries to customers and also prevented many Italian dealers from offering demo rides this past weekend when the 2013 BMW R1200GS was to start appearing in showrooms.
Moto.it reports some dealerships were able to get the suspension problem corrected and hold demo rides over the weekend so it appears as though BMW has got a handle on the issue. It’s not clear at the moment whether deliveries to other markets including the U.S. will be affected.
More troubling however is this is not the first problem to come up for the R1200GS. We’ve previously written about two separate issues flagged for recall by Transport Canada for a potential transmission oil leak and a problem with the traction control software.
It’s not unusual for new products to go through a bit of a teething problem as the bugs get worked out. On the positive side, BMW is addressing several issues before the R1200GS gets put into the hands of consumers. On the other hand, these problems give the BMW’s most important model a rather negative start.