BMW recalls 300,000 R and K models

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BMW has issued a recall that affects 300,000 R and K series models built between 2003 and 2011 for a replacement rear wheel flange.

The global recall relates to around 300,000 bikes in total with approximately 23,000 bikes in the UK part of the process that will see BMW replace the part free of charge.

The recall affects all models of R and K-series bikes including the R1200GS, R1200RT, K1200 and K1300 models in the time period of 2003 and 2011. A full list of models affected can be found at the bottom of this page.

BMW is already in the process of contacting owners who will be notified as soon as possible and offered appointments to get the work done. It seems over tightening the rear wheel flange which mounts the rear brake disc to the swingarm can cause cracks and potential failure.

BMW is aware of one failure to date as a result of these cracks forming from over tightening beyond the recommended torque settings.

BMW’s statement reads: “As part of a technical campaign involving motorcycles of the R and K Series produced between November 2003 and April 2011, BMW will replace the wheel flange of the rear suspension as a precaution.

“BMW will inform all owners of the motorcycles affected. For customers the technical campaign is free of charge. Based on ongoing quality analyses, it was found that in the case of incorrectly carried-out maintenance work excessive torque may be applied to the brake disk bolts or to the nuts when changing wheels, contrary to the values specified in the BMW repair instructions or operating instructions.

“Cracks and damage can occur in the wheel flange as a result of excessive torques. BMW has therefore decided to exchange the wheel flange with a more robust part as a precaution.”

The models affected are:

R 1200 GS

R 1200 GS Adventure 


HP2 Mega Moto 

HP2 Enduro








HP2 Sport


K1200R Sport



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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter