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    2018 GSA reflector recall

    Does anyone have information on the current status of the reflector and luggage rack recall on the 2018 GSA? Can BMW sell the aluminum cans for the GSA and can deliver the 2018 Model GSA with the luggage racks? 😡

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    A salesman almost two weeks ago said they can not sell anything that blocks the side rear reflector until they get the official reflectors for the cases.
    It has been several days so I have no idea what the current situation is.
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    I was told by my dealer last week I could come in to get my racks mounted. This situation must have worked its way through the DOT.


    They didn't know what they were talking about....found this out when I got to the dealer - 45 miles from my house. Yes, I was kind of P.O.'ed.
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    letter

    I received a letter in the mail yesterday that said the situation has been corrected, and I can bring in my bike to have the correction installed.

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    I guess this includes 2013-2017 GSAs

    I received a letter yesterday that included my 2014 GSA because I bought side cases from BMW with the bike. The letter read 2013-2017 bikes with cases.

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    Got my letter yesterday too. I might as well get this recall done when I take it in for the fork issue...
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    Sorry if this has already been answered but what’s the fix? Is it just a reflective tape?
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    I got a letter yesterday too, recalling my 2013-2017 GS, except our newest motorcycle at the moment is a 2007 and it is an F800. If I do have a GS BMW forgot to tell me where they put it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I got a letter yesterday too, recalling my 2013-2017 GS, except our newest motorcycle at the moment is a 2007 and it is an F800. If I do have a GS BMW forgot to tell me where they put it.
    Are you sure it wasn't an advance recall on your forthcoming G310GS?
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    I got one too for a 2013-2017 F800R and F800GT but my bike is a 2007 F800ST. What is going on here BMW?

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    Recall is a liability issue, not a technical issue

    Quote Originally Posted by 146023 View Post
    Does anyone have information on the current status of the reflector and luggage rack recall on the 2018 GSA? Can BMW sell the aluminum cans for the GSA and can deliver the 2018 Model GSA with the luggage racks? 😡
    Since the recall is nominally a "safety issue", BMW really cannot sell bikes that are known to be non-compliant with US government safety standards--even in a minor way-- because BMW would then be exposed legally if there were a collision. It doesn't make any difference how silly it sounds to riders; personal injury lawyers would use this to show that the BMW bikes sold were "inherently unsafe. Too much potential risk for BMW to ignore.

    Though I am unclear on the actual extent to the sales "hold", I believe it applies to sales of racks and cases, and bikes that come with racks, e.g., GSA's. Not sure how exactly the various cases fit into this matrix.


    (I'd be interested to know what percentage of a GSA purchase price is attributable to legal defense costs!)

    (I wouldn't want to be the engineer responsible at BMW for this fiasco. I speculate that their various design teams were operating too independently, with no one in keeping tabs on the overall design, and meeting the various countries' conflicting safety requirements. And, of course, this may not affect bikes sold in some other less litigious countries.)

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    It just seems so silly.

    Go to Pep Boys spend 2.98 and buy two stick on reflectors,done!

    I really have to wonder at the wisdom of BMW on a issue like this.

    Why would there be this amount of wait for this simple thing? Once they have the 100 dollar BMW fix then you could bring your bike in for reflection of the BMW kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFarling View Post
    It just seems so silly.

    Go to Pep Boys spend 2.98 and buy two stick on reflectors,done!

    I really have to wonder at the wisdom of BMW on a issue like this.

    Why would there be this amount of wait for this simple thing? Once they have the 100 dollar BMW fix then you could bring your bike in for reflection of the BMW kind.
    The fix probably must be approved by a platoon of bureaucrats. Should have beeen handled as a service campaign rather than a recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 146023 View Post
    Does anyone have information on the current status of the reflector and luggage rack recall on the 2018 GSA? Can BMW sell the aluminum cans for the GSA and can deliver the 2018 Model GSA with the luggage racks? ��
    Recently traded my 2014 GSA. Still applied to my new 2018 GSA. Picked up the bike 2 weeks ago. Left the dealer with everything including the bag mounts, but not the saddlebags. They still sit at the dealer on hold.

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    I got the recall letter in the mail a few days ago. I'm not in any big hurry to get the bike back to the dealer because I took care of the problem the first week I owned the bike. The rear of most BMW bikes are darker than a moonless night at 2:00 a.m., so I started off with some red reflective tape, but then I noticed that the red BMW reflectors were screened by the Vario cases so I wrapped the red reflective tape around the corners of the cases to address that issue.

    PS: the fork recall fix has been done and looks good - very sturdy looking one-piece collars installed.
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