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    Getrag made transmissions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Getrag made transmissions.
    and excuses, according to some.

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    BMW has released the attached Recall Update notice to its dealers. As is often the case, parts are in short supply. Priority for repairs goes to urgent requests, defined as "a customer bike down [whatever that means], an escalated consumer complaint or a sold unit that is waiting delivery." So if you want to go the the head of the queue, keep complaining to your dealer.
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    NHTSA K1600 Recall - Associated Documents

    For those who are interested in this situation, the NHTSA recall site has extensive documentation about the issue.

    Here is the URL for the main page (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2020/BMW/K1600B#recalls). Within the page are a series of downloadable documents which includes BMW's SIB and instructions for the repair: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/201...9V692-5659.pdf

    Unfortunately, there's nothing which indicates that this is going to be handled quickly with close to 5,000 bikes affected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post

    Unfortunately, there's nothing which indicates that this is going to be handled quickly with close to 5,000 bikes affected.
    Only ~5,000 K1600 bikes sold? That's wild. I've been wondering how many affected bikes are on the road.

    Now I feel like a member in a very exclusive club.

    Broken or not, I own the best motorcycle in the world. It's amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhitson View Post
    Only ~5,000 K1600 bikes sold? That's wild. I've been wondering how many affected bikes are on the road.

    Now I feel like a member in a very exclusive club.

    Broken or not, I own the best motorcycle in the world. It's amazing.
    The number affected in this recall is 4,672.
    John Gamel - BMW MOA Consumer Liaison
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    I don't think we yet know if this is all K1600s or just a subset of them, by serial number.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I don't think we yet know if this is all K1600s or just a subset of them, by serial number.
    It's not all. Here is the description from NHTSA:

    "Summary

    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2017-2020 K 1600 GT and 2018-2020 K 1600 GTL and K 1600 B motorcycles. Certain transmission parts may not have been produced to the appropriate hardness level. This could affect the function of the transmission, possibly causing double engagement of two gears and/or the damage of transmission parts."
    John Gamel - BMW MOA Consumer Liaison
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    The Repairs Are Happening!

    While at Iron Horse Motorcycles, Tucson, AZ today (Feb 7th) I saw our sister K1600GT Sport up on the lift getting new transmission shifting forks.

    There is a lot to take off, and lots and lots of parts on the bench and table.

    The job per initial BMW notification will take 5 hours. That's a lot of work!

    All K1600 owners affected by the recall will be called by their shop for scheduling.

    A lot of work for the shop for sure.

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    Picked Up Our K1600GT Sport!

    Wanda and I picked up BB our 2019 K1600GT Sport Saturday the 14th of March 2020.

    Iron Horse Motorcycles, Tucson, AZ has been doing 4 or 5 K16s a week for the last two weeks, and have several scheduled for next week.

    I talked to Lewie (a K16B owner) about his bike that was completed just before ours and we both had a similar observation - smoother shifting.

    The shift assist on our K16GT Sport felt smoother, especially in the lower gears. It could just be fresh oil.

    Marcus let me look at three of the parts collections that were replaced - a collection of parts being two gears, a bearing and three shift forks.

    A new bike with little to no miles looked...well...brand new. The other two bikes had 29,000 and 16,000 miles on them.

    To the untrained eye the wear was hard to see until Marcus pointed out some spider webs on the surface of one of the gears from the 29k bike; and one of the shift forks from the 29k bike had a very a small "lip" i'll call it. The 16k bike had no lip that I could see or feel.

    This is a very expensive retrofit that BMW has called. A single bike takes about a full day.

    Anyway, BB is now home and ready to ride.

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