BY: Jonathan Welsh
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. - BMW AG is recalling certain S 1000 RR motorcycles from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side stands could become loose and potentially allow the bikes to fall over. While it is possible for a falling motorcycle to injury the rider or bystanders, it is almost certain to wound the rider's ego.
In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company said the side-stand bolts may loosen due to a manufacturing flaw, and as a result the stand can separate from the motorcycle's frame. The problem affects 2,385 bikes built from September 2011 through December 2012.
Under the recall BMW dealers will clean the side-stand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin next month. Owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
This isn't the first safety problem for the high-performance, 193-horsepower, $15,000 BMW super sport bike. The company recalled certain S 1000 RR models last spring for engine flaws that could result in failures from "thrown rods."
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