2013 BMW R1200GS Telelever Problem Explained in Transport Canada Recall

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Earlier this week, we wrote about reports in the Italian media of a delay on deliveries of the 2013 BMW R1200GS because of an issue with the suspension. Transport Canada has now issued a recall notice on BMW‘s new GS – the third to come from the Canadian government agency – that would explain the delay.

According to Transport Canada, the threaded plugs securing the fork tubes to the upper triple clamp may come loose over time on some units. This may cause a fork tube to detach, posing a serious crash hazard. According to MotorradOnline.de, the issue was discovered during BMW’s internal testing, after a GS was put through 60,000 km on the test bench.

The solution seems simple enough. BMW will crimp-lock the fork tubes’ threaded plugs, creating a more secure connection.

The bigger concern for BMW is the number of issues being reported before the R1200GS even gets delivered to customers. Most of the recalled models, including the 54 affected by the Transport Canada recall, are still in the hands of dealers or BMW itself, so these problems should be fixed before customers get their hands on them.

But we’ve already seen a potential transmission oil leak risk and a problem with the traction control software, and now an issue with the front suspension. What other issues will come up after customers put hundreds of thousands of miles on the GS in real world conditions?

Looming over all of these issues is the fatal crash of British journalist Kevin Ash at the R1200GS’ press launch. There is no evidence the accident was caused by any of the issues that have come to light, but with every recall announced, BMW will start to face some serious questions.

BMW tells MotorradOnline.de Ash’s test unit was not affected by the telelever problem but that may not be enough to stop the questions.

[Source: Transport Canada, MotorradOnline.de]

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  • Matt Taravella

    As a 2012 BMW R1200R owner, I am sympathic to their recall problems. As a motorcycle comsumer I wonder what the hell their problem is! They charge a PREMIUM price for what is supposed to be a premium motorcycle. It is really not any better than what everyone else is making and in some areas even worse. The fact that I cannot drain my rear end oil by a simple drain plug is proof that someone is just not getting the big picture at that company. AND Chinese engines and Japanese transmissions do not make a premium motorcycle! Wake up BMW!!!

  • John Hick

    I think it is very wrong and shoddy journalsism to imply in your article on your website that Kevin Ash’s very sad death was in any way to do with his test bike.
    You have no proof at all that was the case and it is very unfair not only to BMW but also to Kevin Ash’s family to be
    insinuating otherwise.
    Please act responsibly.I am very surprised at Kevin Duke who I have respect for up to this.

  • http://www.motorcycle.com Dennis Chung

    Read again what I wrote:

    “There is no evidence the accident was caused by any of the issues that have come to light, but with every recall announced, BMW will start to face some serious questions.
    BMW tells MotorradOnline.de Ash’s test unit was not affected by the telelever problem but that may not be enough to stop the questions.”

    I did not say there was any link to his death, in fact, I said there was no evidence and BMW says there was no link to these issues at all. What I did say was is every is1sue that comes up will raise the same questions, questions already being posed to BMW.

  • John Hick

    Thanks Dennis for your clarification. I appreciate what you are saying but I think you should remove the salient lines……
    1)” Looming over all of these issues is the fatal crash of British journalist Kevin Ash at the R1200GS’ press launch”.
    2″… but with every recall announced, BMW will start to face some serious questions”.
    thank you,
    JH

  • http://www.motorcycle.com Dennis Chung

    I disagree. This issue is looming over BMW, and BMW is already facing questions. We’re not saying there is a link between any technical issues and the unfortunate passing of Kevin Ash, but BMW has to get that point across, otherwise people will speculate. The GS is too important a model for BMW to not counter that speculation.

  • ron bucholtz

    BMW HAS CHINESE ENGINES AND TRANSMISIONS MADE IN JAPAN ??

  • ron bucholtz

    wow that crazy !!

  • allgood

    bmw has had a long history of not making good on defects- all the way back to the 1974 5 speed gearboxes that had 3d gears that broke apart and cost many riders lots of money to fix and could have cost a life or two.My last bmw had a battery recall under warranty that took me 6 months and 15 phone calls to get right.At the national ralley,they should teach a class on how to get bmw to honor its warranty.

  • LeRoy W

    After ordering the new 2013 BMW 1200GS I have been following the recalls very closely as I have not yet received my motorcycle. I am very concerned and wonder if I made the right choice by ordering the first year model as make planes to ride across Canada next summer