BMW issues official statement on R1200 RT

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The R1200RT has a chassis that's very similar to the R1200 GS. Photo: Kevin Wing

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As we said yesterday, there’s a recall in the works for BMW’s R1200 RT, but details have been thin so far. Yesterday, however, we finally got an official release from the company. Here’s what it said:

“BMW Motorrad Canada is notifying all owners of the current R 1200 RT, model year 2014, fitted with the Dynamic ESA option, that there is a potential defect in the rear spring strut. At the present time it cannot be ruled out that the piston rod of the rear spring strut in connection with the Dynamic ESA option could potentially fail.

For this reason, customers have been advised not to ride their motorcycle until further notice. This is a precautionary measure which BMW Motorrad is taking in the interests of customer safety based on a supplier report. To date, there have been no injuries related to this issue.202vehicles are affected by this advisory in Canada . A technical campaign is in preparation to replace the affected part, along with an action plan offer to any affected customers.”

So, there’s still no clarification on exactly what customers are going to be offered as compensation. Reports on internet forums say BMW has even gone so far as to track down owners who have taken these bikes on extensive road trips, and flown them home.

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