BMW spokeys not okey-dokey

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

Spoked-wheel BMW bikes sold between February – June 2018 have the potential for one or a number of spokes to work loose. While no official recall has been issued because the potential issue is “not safety critical”, customers are being recommended to carry out “routine inspection and tightening of spokes”.

 

A BMW spokesman told BikeSocial, “A number of bikes were potentially affected, including R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure, R nineT Scrambler and R nineT Urban G/S.”

 

And while BMW “knows of no accident or catastrophic wheel failure caused by loose spokes,” our translation of that recommendation would be go to your local dealer and get them checked. It’s free.

 

In the UK, fewer than 1,000 bikes fell within the specific production range and almost a quarter bikes that could potentially be affected were inspected prior to customer delivery.

 

The potential issue relates to the application of a specific coating applied to spoke nipples, which had the potential to cause insufficient spoke tension during initial tightening. BMW confirmed the manufacturing process has been changed to eliminate this potential issue but were also eager to point out the manufacturing process of the wheels and spokes were not to blame.

 

Dealers were notified of the service campaign, in October 2018, to ensure that wheels were checked and, if necessary, reworked before delivery or at the time of a bike’s next scheduled service visit. A loose spoke – or number of loose spokes – may translate to a change in ride, noticeable to a rider.


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