BMWSportTouring BMWST DB
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#990700 - 06/27/17 07:17 PM Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign  
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 4,434
Bill_Walker Offline
Member
Bill_Walker  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 4,434
San Marcos, CA USA
Watch your mail if you own a water-cooled GS!

Quote:
"As a result of ongoing field observations, BMW Motorrad has determined that the fixed fork tube (stanchion) of the R 1200 GS (K50, K50/11) and R 1200 GS Adventure (K51) can be damaged due to unusual incidents. Such high stress can be caused for example, when riding over an obstacle, during a fall or when driving through deep potholes. Resulting damage to the fixed fork tubes manifests itself through a gap between the stanchion and the press-fitted, top seal plug.

An inspection process along with a repair procedure has been developed. All affected motorcycles must receive one of the two repairs outlined in this bulletin. Customers will be notified by mail by BMW Motorrad USA."


Source: http://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=352098


"Dry-Town" Crew, San Diego
'15 R1200RT
'12 Kawasaki KLX250S
'04 R1150RT (gone)
'02 Suzuki V-Strom (gone)
#990713 - 06/27/17 11:07 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: Bill_Walker]  
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,774
TEWKS Offline
Member
TEWKS  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,774
Tewksbury, MA.
Quote:
As a result of ongoing field observations


Gotta hand it to them and their marketing dept. Field observer sounds way more GS macho than Beta Tester. grin

Pat


"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed" Curly Howard
#990729 - 06/28/17 02:42 AM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: TEWKS]  
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,278
KTM Doug Offline
Member
KTM Doug  Offline
Member

Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,278
Livermore, CA
Big thread on this on ADV


Doug
R1200GS, Husky FE350, Honda CRF250L (Slo-Red)

"Poor judgement makes for great stories"





#991078 - 07/01/17 09:38 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: Bill_Walker]  
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 921
Burt Offline
Member
Burt  Offline
Member

Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 921
West Michigan
I stopped at our local dealership today, and asked them about the campaign. They said all LC GS and GSAs are affected. They will check each bike to see if there is a gap between the cap and the fork tube. If there is no gap, you're OK. If there is a gap no more than .2mm, a bushing will be installed. If the gap is greater than .2mm, new forks will be installed.


Burt
#991335 - 07/04/17 11:59 AM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: Bill_Walker]  
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 10,319
Mike Offline
Administrator
Mike  Offline

Administrator
Member

Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 10,319
Chicago area, IL, USA
Thanks, Bill. We're making this a "sticky" topic for a while in the interest of our members' safety.


Mike The Moderator
Born to be Mild
#991339 - 07/04/17 12:34 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: Burt]  
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 3,952
marcopolo Offline
Member
marcopolo  Offline
Member

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 3,952
Alexandria, VA/Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted By: Burt
I ...They will check each bike to see if there is a gap between the cap and the fork tube. If there is no gap, you're OK. If there is a gap no more than .2mm, a bushing will be installed. If the gap is greater than .2mm, new forks will be installed.


That's not quite correct. Even if the gap is zero, a bushing will be fitted to both existing fork tubes. And, as you said, if the gap is greater than 0.2mm, a bushing and new fork tube will be installed on both sides, or new fork tubes with bushings already installed will be fitted. So, all bikes will receive some sort of repair; no bikes will leave the dealer without some sort of work being done to them.


Mark
2015 R 1200 GS Adventure
#991348 - 07/04/17 01:31 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: marcopolo]  
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 482
Exploreinman Offline
Member
Exploreinman  Offline
Member

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 482
Evans, Georgia

I was just at my dealer, Eurosport Asheville, and the service manager said emphatically that this was not a 'Recall' nor a 'Do Not Ride' campaign. He said the number of bikes with issues was very, very small, and that they had been used very aggressively off-road. BMW in response is fitting the GS's with the support as the bikes come in for service. That's what I was told.


"Not all who wander are lost!"
#991364 - 07/04/17 04:05 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: Exploreinman]  
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 8,214
RightSpin Offline
Member
RightSpin  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 8,214
South GA Mountains
I would want to read the technical bulletin for myself. Over the years, I've heard many, many different versions of how safety recalls are being conducted from service personel. Especially in the early phases.


Steve

2016 BMW R1200GS
2003 KTM 625SXC (for sale)
1981 BMW R100CS
#991375 - 07/04/17 04:47 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: RightSpin]  
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 3,952
marcopolo Offline
Member
marcopolo  Offline
Member

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 3,952
Alexandria, VA/Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted By: RightSpin
I would want to read the technical bulletin for myself. Over the years, I've heard many, many different versions of how safety recalls are being conducted from service personel. Especially in the early phases.


The bulletin ("Technical Campaign Fixed Fork Tube Inspection") is readily available numerous places online. I have read it, and saved a copy. Yes, reading it, allows one to separate fact from internet speculation. I'd say it's written clearly enough to allow little/no room for interpretation by dealers (hopefully).

Last edited by marcopolo; 07/04/17 05:45 PM.

Mark
2015 R 1200 GS Adventure
#991402 - 07/04/17 07:46 PM Re: Wethead GS Fork Tube Campaign [Re: marcopolo]  
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 921
Burt Offline
Member
Burt  Offline
Member

Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 921
West Michigan
Originally Posted By: marcopolo
Originally Posted By: Burt
I ...They will check each bike to see if there is a gap between the cap and the fork tube. If there is no gap, you're OK. If there is a gap no more than .2mm, a bushing will be installed. If the gap is greater than .2mm, new forks will be installed.


That's not quite correct. Even if the gap is zero, a bushing will be fitted to both existing fork tubes. And, as you said, if the gap is greater than 0.2mm, a bushing and new fork tube will be installed on both sides, or new fork tubes with bushings already installed will be fitted. So, all bikes will receive some sort of repair; no bikes will leave the dealer without some sort of work being done to them.


I was just repeating what I was told my the manager of our local dealership. I haven't seen the bulletin.


Burt
Page 1 of 2 1 2

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.009s Queries: 14 (0.002s) Memory: 2.8015 MB (Peak: 2.9901 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-11-21 02:32:44 UTC