You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

BMW Recalls Small Number of GS R1200 for Suspension Problem

BMWBMW is recalling less than 2 dozen 2013 R1200 GS motorcycles manufactured January 9, 2013, through February 8, 2013.  The manufacturer says because of an insufficient torque of a locking bolt, the front fork tube may loosen.  If the fork loosens it may hinder the rider’s ability to control the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.  BMW will notify owners and dealers will reinforce the affected fork locking bolt connections, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V154000

BMW Recalls S 1000 Models

BMW 1000RR BMW is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured September 2011, through December 2012. Due to a manufacturing fault, the side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen. The loosening of the side-stand bolts could cause the stand to separate from the frame of the motorcycle.   A separation of the side-stand could cause the motorcycle to fall, causing a risk of injury.BMW will notify owners, and dealers will clean the sidestand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


BMW RECALLS K1200 MODELS FOR BRAKE ISSUE

2007-2008 BMW K series sport models, R, R- Sport, and S are being recalled to fix a potential foaming issue with the front brake reservoir.

BMW is recalling 2,062 K1200 sport motorcycles for an issue with the front brake fluid reservoir.  According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Department, BMW says model year 2007-2008 K1200S, K1200R and K1200R Sport models need to be retrofitted with a screen insert in the front brake fluid reservoir to prevent the fluid from foaming under certain riding conditions.   BMW safety experts say that if the brake fluid foams, there will be reduced brake capability at the front wheel which could result in a crash.  he front brake fluid reservoir will be retrofitted with a screen insert, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during November 2012. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

AMA and BMW Motorrad USA announce winner of BMW F 800 GS

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) member Chuck Aughinbaugh of Denver, Pa., is a fan of nearly every type of riding: off-road racing, long-distance touring, and dual-sport riding. Now, thanks to his dedication to adventure riding in 2010, he gets to sink his teeth even further into the sport with a brand new BMW F 800 GS motorcycle.

Aughinbaugh won the drawing for the 2010 BMW F 800 GS from last year’s AMA National Adventure Riding Series sponsor, BMW Motorrad USA. The drawing included everyone who participated in events that were part of the national series.

“I used to run enduros, did Blackwater, rode Iron Butt events,” said the 55-year-old Aughinbaugh. “I still do a lot of off-road. I spend time in Arizona and Colorado every year. I ride a lot of street and dirt, and this bike will allow me to put more miles under me that are not on bone-jarring trail or smooth asphalt, something in between.”

Laurence Kuykendall, community and communications manager for BMW Motorrad USA, said the company is pleased to recognize Aughinbaugh’s participation in last year’s series with the highly sought-after BMW F 800 GS — a motorcycle designed to conquer the back roads and two-track trail that highlighted the national series.

“We congratulate Chuck on winning the F 800 GS,” Kuykendall said. “The mid-sized GS adventure bike has received exceptional praise from owners and pundits alike, and we’re certain that he will enjoy this bike for many seasons to come, riding with the confidence that GS performance provides.”

Aughinbaugh says that while he loves competition, dual-sport and adventure rides allow him to capture nearly the same thrills without the additional risk.

“I’m an extreme competitor,” said Aughinbaugh. “I choose not to put myself in any competition events, even with the idea that I’m just going along for the ride, because as soon as the starter says ’10 seconds,’ my mind goes back to my younger days and I ride over my head. With dual-sport rides, I just enjoy going riding with some buddies. I like the two-day events in particular. It’s a whole weekend for me. It’s so enjoyable.”

The F 800 GS won by Aughinbaugh is one of the BMW’s newest models. With the motorcycle’s lightweight design and plentiful power, it has achieved new heights of off-road capability for the GS line. More information about BMW motorcycles can be found at www.bmwmotorcycles.com and on the entire GS lifestyle including off-road training, events and travel around the world atwww.xplorgs.com.

The 2011 AMA National Adventure Riding Series is sponsored by Yamaha as the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series, and it will feature at Super Ténéré giveaway bike. The 2011 calendar kicks off on April 16-17 in Bybee, Tenn. Events are scheduled in California, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Alaska, Indiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona and New Jersey. For the full schedule, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Dirt > Events & Series.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

BMW Recalls F650GS

BMW is recalling a certain number (1,835) of F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000

BMW is recalling 1,835 F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000


Triumph “Leaks” More Pictures of Adventure Bikes

Adventure touring isn’t a huge piece of the motorcycle industry.   And, until recently, British motorcycle maker, Triumph, was content to sit on the sidelines and allow German rival BMW to own the segment.   Now the Brits are jumping in with a new offering and using social media and the internet to organically create “buzz” for the new offering.

Triumph, or someone connected with the brand, has “leaked” these photographs of the new bikes on the website Onewheeldrive.net.     The “Adventure” appears to be 800cc or slightly larger which would put it in the class that BMW dominates with the GS800.

The Brits have setup a website for the new bikes were details are slowly released. www.triumphadventure.com