BMW GS 1200 Stanchion Separation
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Article in Sandton Chronicle

A number of BMW R 1200 GS motorbike owners are sending a warning to the public to beware of using this bike, which is thought to be the reason for a number of accidents resulting in serious injury. After surviving a serious accident while riding his BMW R1200 GS...

ITS OFFICIAL- BMW RECALLS R1200 GS and R1200 GSA (Nov 2013 – Jun 2017)

BMW AG has announced a global safety recall of the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure models (models K50 and K51) from the production period November 2013 to June 2017. This was done as a precautionary safety measure because the fixed fork...

Petition signed by residents of 72 countries

“There are few things more powerful than people united.” Vironika Tugaleva We thank everyone for signing the petition, which has been a big factor in applying pressure to BMW to bring about the global recall that has been announced...

Communication to BMW

Morning has come and gone and I have not heard a single word from BMW in response to my email below, other than Donford’s arriving at my home to collect the loan bike that you have instructed them to take back...

Upper Stanchion Crimping Failure

I was on a ride in SA in September with a group. Day 11 one of our guys went down. He is an extremely good rider. Travelling on a dead straight road, speed between 120 and 140KPH. He claims the front end just fell away and he went down. There was NOTHING to hit on the road and NO potholes...

Petitioning BMW Motorrad USA BMW Motorrad USA

More background on this failure can be found on the following sites. This is in no way a complete list but does show a number of people have had the issue and many of them have not previously dropped their motorcycle...

PERSONAL ACCOUNTS

Leak stanchion

Here is my stanchion on the left side a year ago. My R1200GS LC is produced november 2012, which is not included in this new recall. (The recall includes only the bikes produced from november 2013). A year ago I discovered a leakage under the rubber cover. Because of the oil leak...

Oz Failure

There is at least one failure in Oz and the rider injured, BMW denied liability

Return bike?

There is anyone has question about return the bike and get the money back? I have friend that has a engine valve failure and after fight against BMW, He got a new motorcycle. Unfortunately, the new bike occur the same problem and he decide to sale his gsa 1200 2016. Transmission vibration problem it is another issue. It is under Bulletin in Puma for replacing transmission. Measure number 63105460-02 Please let me know if anybody knows about Thanks Carlos Prado

Something unbelievable!!!

I own a R1200 GS Adventure 2007. At first I was so happy to have this bike, but now I don't know if I did the correct purchase. After all the posts, pictures and stories I feel like I'm totally by myself. Most of the partners here talk about the water cooled models, but there is also a problem in older models, mine is oil-cooled and has 61,000 kms. I never expected this from BMW, sadness is what I feel. Hope the dealer can find the best solution for me, even though my bike doesn't fits the recalled models.

Broken pots on doet road Namibia

On February 5th 2016 we, me and my pillion, where riding on a dirt road in Namibia. We when over a bump and had a litre dent in the rim of our front wheel. We continued our journey and after a few miles the front suspension started to spray oil. Luckily we where able to stop safely as both suspension pots came of completely. The bike was repatriated to the BMW rental company in Cape Town and I had to pay over 2000€ for repair.

bmw r1200gsa lc front suspension failure

photos of bmw motorcucles with front suspension failure

PETITION

We the undersigned, demand that BMW Motorrad, acknowledges that there is a problem with stanchion separation on the 1200 GS motorcycle range and takes the necessary steps to rectify the problem before there are more accidents and potential fatalities.

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Having been fabricating for many years and working in manufacturing for me it’s obvious what BMW’s intent was with the crimp . It was supposed to be crimped upwards on the angled flat , which would have pulled the insert tight down into the fork stanchion and would not have came out , but also the insert is way to short for the loads it would be in real life subjected too and not what a CAD program thought it should be .
My suggestion for someone out in the middle of no where , would be if it’s starting to pull out would be first knock it back in after you’ve taken pic’s of it , then get ahold of a chiesel and file / grind the sharp edge off the chisel , then with a hammer and the chisel recrimp it upwards a few mm’s on the angled flat .then later if there is room put a T-CLAMP around the top of the fork stanchion for support .
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OK, so my GS’ manufacture date was the 02 Sept 2013 which would appear to mean that my bike is unaffected by this issue as the recall is for bikes manufactured from november 2013 onwards.

Does anyone know what the part part numbers before november were that are deemed safe and what the part number after november that are subject to this recall… what changed ?

Obviously being just outside the window of this recall and no visual difference between the parts on my bike and the ones i have seen in all these pictures is a little worrying !!! See MoreSee Less

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Took my 2015 GSA into Lind Motorrad Welwyn Garden city on Saturday.
Was told my forks are affected and need repair.

They would have only let me ride it again if I had signed a waiver absolving them of any responsibility. Needless to say i left it there for repair. However, as a father of 3 young children,the thought of having been on a faulty motorbike at motorway speed fills me with horror.

BMW should stand for quality and thus get away with charging a premium. This is in my opinion far away from quality.

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ATTENTION!!! All BMW R1200GS LC riders. We have just returned from our Zim Gravel Travel Tour, 11 bikes started the trip and 10 finished the trip. We nearly lost one of our riders on a 2015 BMW R1200G…

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"On 30 July 2016 I joined the BMW Club on its annual winter ride to Sutherland. 11 of us elected to do a route on gravel and mostly rode together in convoy. After getting to the top of the Ouberg Pass we had a short break and then rode off towards Sutherland.

The conditions were fantastic and other than some surface water the road was pretty good. There is some GoPro footage of the ride loaded showing the condition of the road.

Approximately 14 minutes after the stop the front of my bike collapsed and I hit the ground heavily. I had my GPS on and the log shows that I was doing 45 kph (28 mph) and the front end of my bike collapsed. The rest of the group rallied around me but i could not be moved until the ambulance arrived some 90 minutes later. The bike was loaded onto a trailer (which was accompanying the main tar road group) and I was taken to hospital.

I suffered 10 broken ribs, a broken shoulder and punctured lung, and spent a week in hospital (part of which was in ICU).

At the time of the accident my bike was 7 months old and had done +-14 000 km. I had TKC tyres fitted on Wednesday 27 July and the bike was ridden and checked by Donford’s before the ride which started on Saturday.

A number of knowledgeable people looked at the bike and were puzzled to see that there was a stanchion separation and at that time nobody had previously seen this. I got some experts to look at the bike and all of them were puzzled and suggested that the forks should be sent for further analysis. I have some reports on the findings.

BMW Head Office said that they wanted to send the front end back to Germany for analysis and the bike was sent to JHB. I flew up on 17 October and filmed the dismantling of the front end. This was then sent to Germany for analysis.

After a number of emails to BMW enquiring about the status of the findings I was continuously told there was no news from Germany and that as soon as there was something then they would come back to me. I started to hear about other incidents with stanchion separation and increased the pressure on BMW, eventually putting them to terms to reply to me. I received an email from BMW South Africa on 12 June with a report basically stating that the stanchion separation was as a result of an impact and that it had nothing to do with the design or manufacture of the front forks.

All of this information plus the pics will be loaded elsewhere on the site, and I have instructed my attorney to issue summons to BMW.

Anyone who would like to contact me is free to call on +27 82 446 1417 or email me directly on cdowns@iafrica.com." –– Tony Georgiou

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We care about you more than selling these, so if you already have separation, crimping, or concerns – go to a BMW dealer or contact them.

Stanch Clamps are for reinforcement & pre-separation. Kind of like marriage counseling before you write a country song. Ok, so that’s kinda funny – I don’t care who ya are.

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