BMW is recalling 367,000 motorcycles, including 43,426 units in the U.S. alone, because of a problem with their rear wheel carrier flanges. The recall affects K and R models produced from November 2003 to April 2011.
According to BMW, the rear wheel brake disc bolts or wheel nuts may have received excessive torque during incorrectly-executed maintenance. Tightening the bolts too much could result in cracks to the wheel flange. BMW will replace the aluminum wheel flanges on affected motorcycles with a stronger steel component.
As of this writing, the recall has not yet been announced bu the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but we expect to see one in the next week which will provide more information about the problem.