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Riders Take Note: BMW Recalls Many 2013 Bikes

Thumbnail image for helmet-on-bicycle-10045610.jpgWe like to keep our readers informed on many aspects of riding. Safety and recalls associated with bikes, are among the things all riders should know about before getting on the road. Recently, it came to our attention that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling many BMW models from the model year 2013. If you have a 2013 BMW please click the link here to learn about which models are being recalled. There are about eight models and about 4500 bikes that have the issue of concern which is a big one. The problem that has been detected is the potential for water to infiltrate the side stand switch. This is turn can cause the bike to stop running or to fail to start. The company has found that in rain or washing conditions, water has become a culprit and a possibly very dangerous one at that. Thankfully, there are no reports of bikers being injured or having accidents due to this issue.

The other big issue with this recall is that the manufacturer has stated that all the bikes in the group have this potential condition. Why? Because according to BMW, the entity that supplied this switch to the company did not make the side-stand switch according to specs. The situation occurred after there was a change in the tooling of the part and the supplier did not make the changes that were called for by BMW. The good news is that BMW learned of this problem when a vehicle it was testing shut down during a test ride. The supplier was then asked to test their part and it was determined that the manufacturing was flawed. To find out more about this problem or any other recall involving vehicles by NHTSA, you can visit BMW motorcycles.


Still another recall involving Harley Davidson bikes made in 2013 and 2014 also involves the potential for the bike to stop running suddenly. This one relates to the positioning of the fuel tank and inaccurate reads on the level of fuel. The risk is that the bike could be low on gas and the gauge might not reflect that to be the case. Harley wants you to get your bike fixed if you have one of the affected models. More about this problem can be learned by clicking on this link to the NHTSA site.

Safety recalls with motor vehicles are to be taken seriously and not ignored. Sometimes we get busy and figure that our vehicle or bike isn’t going to have the problem so why bother getting it fixed. Recalls are really an important safety measure and we are fortunate to have an agency that oversees these safety measures when manufacturers bring the problems to the attention of NHTSA or the other way around. So, if you get a notice about your bike, get the problem taken care of to be safe on your ride.

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