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BMW recall K1600 over suspension failure

BMW Australia has issued a safety recall for their 2018-2020 K1600 over an issue which could the back end to drop.

The official notice says a manufacturer defect in the pivot struts that connect the rear suspension to the frame may break. 

It sounds pretty catastrophic and dangerous to us, but you have to admit, the wording of the recall notice is a little twee given the gravity of the situation.

“This could cause the rear of the bike to drop on to the tyre, resulting in heavy deceleration of the rear wheel and instability for the rider,” the notice says.

“Heavy deceleration and instability could cause the rider to lose control and potentially crash resulting in serious injury or death.”

Owners should contact their BMW Motorrad dealer for the replacement of the pivot strut free of charge or contact BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre using or by phone on 1800 813 299.

VINs (Vehicle identification numbers) of the 106 affected bikes can be downloaded here and here.

This is the first recall for BMW Australia this year after three recalls last year when there were 46 safety recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009.


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

New Zealand
United Kingdom

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