Possible recall for 2005 to 2008 R series

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by lzyellodog, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. lzyellodog

    lzyellodog Been here awhile

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    Not sure if this has been posted before but I was just looking at the most recent recall from Ford and saw this tidbit.

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    Safety Agency Investigating Fuel Leaks in BMW Motorcycles

    <address class="byline author vcard">By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN</address> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether it needs to recall about 24,000 BMW motorcycles because of possible fuel leaks.
    A report posted on the agency Web site identifies the models as the 2005-8 R Series. The agency says it decided to investigate after receiving 28 complaints and seeing additional reports on Internet forums of cracks in the fuel-pump housing.
    There was no mention of fires or accidents.
    One owner, who complained to the safety agency in September, said that when he arrived at his destination he noticed a strong smell of gasoline and “my left pant leg with soaked in fuel.”
    He found a leak in the fuel-pump housing “in close proximity to the vehicle’s left exhaust pipe and ignition.”
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  2. GSMarc

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  3. Delta61

    Delta61 Been here awhile

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  4. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    It would be good to see a better resolution on a similar fuel concern for plastic-tank Ducatis. Seems to me if your fuel pump seal is affected and leaks gasoline onto the rear header. . . it may be a concern.
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  5. Tosh Togo

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    The seals that are failing in these fuel pumps are not made of the same material that Ducati fuel tanks are.

    -It might be the same cause (ethanol :puke1 ), but it's a very different problem.
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    Yes, I know. Just saying that any leaking gasoline over an engine or header is pretty serious. In both instances, the 'issue' has been known for several years.
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    Does somebody have to be seriously injured or die in order for action to be taken?

    Fuel system leaks on a motorcycle with fuel injection and a high pressure fuel system can be serious.

    Thinking out loud here, I would speculate that the NHTSA will give relatively low priority to a motorcycle issue where there have been no property damage or deaths reported.

    NHTSA....a bureaucracy in which I have little faith.
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  8. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    If these issues were from an automotive manufacturer, it would be front page crucifixion in many public media. I am not that close to the GS years affected here, but the recalls I had on my GS were 1) proactively communicated to me from BMW, and 2) resolved with superior parts and/or techniques as in the case of lever interference on 05-07 handguards. Seeing how something similar played out with an Italian manufacturer made BMW look like heroes, as nothing was communicated through NHTSA or Ducati NA. Until I received legal notices it was a class action lawsuit.
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  9. JimVonBaden

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    Again? :dunno

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  10. Tosh Togo

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    No... it's STILL a problem.

    Not with the bike hardware; the problem is with the swill that passes for gasoline in this country.

    :ken the EPA, the DEQ, and the ethanol subsidies.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    No, are they doing another investigation, or is this just a rehash of the old one?

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