March 12, 2015 at 8:59 am #7478EddiebKeymaster
Rank: 1200cc Rider
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
Wheel flange may crack if brake disc bolts are over-tightened
BMW HAS issued a recall – or ‘technical campaign’ as bike makers prefer to call them – of R and K series models produced during a period spanning almost eight years.
The rear wheel flange may crack as result of brake disc bolts or wheel nuts being over-tightened, BMW says.
While the fault will only occur due to incorrect maintenance, according to the firm, wheel flanges will be replaced with ‘a more robust part as a precaution’.
The recall applies to R and K series motorcycles produced between November 2003 and April 2011. BMW has not said how many bikes in total are affected. Given the phenomenal sales of the R1200GS alone, we’re guessing it’s not a few.
A release from BMW said: ‘As part of a technical campaign involving motorcycles of the R and K Series produced between 11.2003 and 04.2011, BMW Motorrad will replace the wheel flange of the rear suspension as a precaution.
‘BMW Motorrad 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 Motorrad repair instructions or operating instructions.
‘Cracks and damage can occur in the wheel flange as a result of excessive torques. BMW Motorrad has therefore decided to exchange the wheel flange with a more robust part as a precaution.’March 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm #7501zaTTazParticipant
Rank: 80cc Rider
- Bike: CBR250RR, DR350, WR450
Got to be more to it than they are letting on. You can over tighten and damage almost anything…
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