BMW is recalling around 1500 2012-model year S1000RRs built so far because of concern over gradual loosening of connecting rod bolts which may cause engine damage. The recall – dubbed a ‘technical campaign’ by BMW is not a safety recall and owners will be contacted directly.
The work affects 150 bikes in the UK with the majority of the 1500 bikes still in dealers or at the factory in Berlin awaiting shipping. The bolts will be replaced and an additional thread-locking compound will be used. A BMW statement says: “Following exhaustive quality monitoring it has come to our attention that under extreme engine conditions there is a very small possibility that affected vehicles may suffer engine damage owing to the gradual loosening of a connecting rod bolt. BMW Motorrad would like to apologise to their RR customers for the inconvenience, but will act quickly to ensure the minimum disruption to their riding enjoyment.”