On January 18, 2023, BMW Motorrad and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued campaign number 23V011000, recalling about 18,500 BMW R 1250 GS, GSA and RTP (authority) motorcycles for a problem with the gearbox input shaft.
According to the recall notice, under “certain operating and riding conditions” – which are not detailed in the announcement – “the gearbox input shaft may become damaged or break, possibly resulting in a blocked rear wheel.” The recall notice does not specify what a “blocked” rear wheel is, but it’s probably safe to assume it means the rear wheel stops rotating like it’s supposed to.
The remedy for this problem, according to the recall notice, is an update to the engine control unit’s software, which will be performed for affected motorcycles without charge to their owners. That the solution is a software update indicates there are no faulty parts needing replaced. Owners of affected motorcycles should receive a letter starting in mid-March 2023, after which they can contact their dealer to get this recall service performed.
The specific affected motorcycles are:
- 2019-23 R 1250 GS
- 2019-23 R 1250 GSA
- 2019-23 R 1250 RT Authority
This is the sixth recall affecting R 1250 GS/GSA motorcycles; it is the first one since 2020, when BMW issued three recalls for brake-related problems affecting fewer than 10,000 motorcycles combined. Also in 2020, BMW issued a recall of about 4,000 motorcycles related to flashing brake lights. Another recall for a final drive pivot pin issue which affected only four motorcycles was also issued in 2020.
Owners can contact the NHTSA (888.327.4236) or BMW Customer Service (800.525.7417) for more information.