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Brake problem sparks BMW motorcycle recall

AFP · 18 May 2010, 18:05

Published: 18 May 2010 18:05 GMT+02:00

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A BMW spokesman said the company had uncovered a risk of leaks in the braking systems of its K 1200 GT motorcycles and other models built on the same base. The recall concerns motorcycles built between August 2006 and May 2009, some of which have already been checked.

"Over time, it emerged that even corrected braking systems did not resolve the problem 100 percent," he said.

Vibration generated by the motorcycle's operation were found to cause leaks that affected the front brake, the company said, while rear brakes continued to function normally.

BMW has not heard of accidents linked to the problem but "would gladly have foregone having to make another recall," the spokesman said.

The group is the leading manufacturer of luxury cars in the world and also sold 87,306 of its upmarket motorcycles last year.

That is only a fraction of the 1.29 million automobiles delivered in 2009 however, and shares in the group did not suffer from the announcement, gaining 2.42 percent to €39.65 on a firmer Frankfurt stock exchange. The DAX index of German blue-chips closed up 1.47 percent.

The auto industry has been hit by several major recalls this year, with the world's biggest carmaker, Toyota, hit by several technical problems that forced it to recall around 10 million vehicles, mostly in the United States.

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Among German automakers, Volkswagen recalled nearly 200,000 vehicles in Brazil in February, while Porsche asked owners of its new Panamera model to bring them back into the shop for seatbelt checks.

US car giant General Motors has had hood problems with more than 160,000 all-terrain Hummers and Nissan of Japan has recalled more than 134,000 cars sold under its luxury brand Infiniti in the US to fix airbags.

Honda's luxury division Acura has said a power steering hose on some 167,000 TSX models should be replaced to avoid a "smoke or a fire" hazard.

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18:52 May 22, 2010 by web

The brakes on my BMW K1200S motorcycle locked the road wheel[s] solid under no provocation whatsoever. I simply carressed the front brake lever ever so lightly. I also released the brake lever with immediate effect. However, the brakes continued to remain locked. The bike was upright [until the locked brakes/wheels caused it to veer off the road and crash into the rock face to the side of it]. The road was warm and dry with no ice, gravel nor slippery fluids etc.

I believe that the BMW K1200S ABS servo brake system most probably failed. I am an experienced rider [40+ years: on road, off road and on the race track]. I have compiled reports by other riders of these machines who claim to have suffered similar brake failure on BMW machines

After having released the subject ABS servo brake system amidst a great fanfare [stating it as being the most advanced braking system ever, or whatever], BMW very quickly and quietly dropped the system altogether, thereafter fitting an alternative system to their machines. This, in my view [and the view of others] proves that BMW was aware that their ABS servo brake system was faulty. Indeed, after having lauded the braking system as being the best ever at release, why would a company such as BMW, who pride themselves on continual development of advanced technologies, go to the extreme lengths [and cost] of ditching the system so soon after it's first appearance?

I suffered multiple broken bones, extensive soft tissue damage, internal injuries and a foot severed from my leg

I will be disabled for the rest of my life
19:32 June 5, 2010 by andrewwalker1212
This is a wonderful opinion. The things

mentioned are Great and needs to be appreciated by everyone.

BMW Cars
17:44 June 25, 2010 by philipharmes
I have had 2 BMW bikes with these servo assisted brakes, a GS1200 & K1200R. Both gave intermittent trouble but not the locked on fault that the OP mentions, what a nightmare that must have been.

On both the BMW's I had, intermittently when the brakes were applied, a red warning 'total brake failure' would appear in the display. The brakes would still work 100% although the ABS function was disabled, also the servo would run continuously until the ignition was turned off & back on.

A month or two would then pass without further trouble.

But brakes are useless unless you can rely on them 100% & not have to check the display to see if the ABS will function or not.
09:08 June 29, 2010 by smartbrains
A BMW spokesman said the company had uncovered a risk of leaks in the braking systems of its K 1200 GT motorcycles and other models built on the same base. The recall concerns motorcycles built between August 2006 and May 2009,


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