BMW Motorrad is advising owners of the new, water-cooled 2014 R1200RT with Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) to stop riding them until further notice. A possible defect in the rear shock absorber of Dynamic ESA equipped motorcycles only, could cause the piston rod to break under certain circumstances. While no injuries related to this defect have been reported, BMW Motorrad is taking this precautionary measure in the interest of customer safety due to a notice from its supplier.
BMW Motorrad has begun the recall process in Germany and a recall in the USA should be initiated soon. We’re told 1,053 vehicles are affected in Germany with a total of around 8,000 worldwide. This “technical action” is still being prepared so the required spare parts may not be in the dealerships yet. More information will be forthcoming which we’ll post as soon as available.
Update: BMW Motorrad USA says approximately 804 vehicles are affected by this advisory in the US.
Update 2: Compensation to affected owners of the 2014 R1200RT has been announced by BMW Motorrad USA. Follow this link.