I wouldn't sugar-coat it either......No formal recall yet....just a stop sell directive from BMW for dealers. No stop ride directive either....just an internet rumor. It looks like a sub-standard shift fork or part of the shift fork assembly may be of concern.
Nope, not a rumor , you better check with the people in the K1600 forum, they know.
Yep. Stop sales, recall, and stop ride are three entirely different things. BMW is in my opinion one of the most transparent manufacturers as far as openly letting "the world" know they are taking internal actions regarding their products. Manufacturers usually "stop sales" when they discover a quality issue that can range from bad paint, realizing that certain components left the factory without proper quality control check, realizing a batch of bad parts were used, or realizing a production run had parts that were assembled improperly. To me it indicates they realized something is/was wrong and are are taking proper steps determined to not let those products be sold.Actually, only one guy (whom I know personally) posted that one dealer told him there was a stop ride order. I called my dealer who doesn't even have a formal recall by BMW or the NHTSA. My wife works for the overhead company that owns the dealership where the individual was told there was a stop ride order. It is a huge comglomerate with lots of minimum wage employees who probably got the wrong information. The copy of the stop sell order was posted and it does not indicate any such thing as a stop ride. If the problem was so severe that it required people to stop riding, I'm confident the NHTSA would have issued some type of emergency recall. Once I see some official paper from BMW or NHTSA with a stop ride order, I will believe it. Until then it is an internet rumor posted by one guy who probably got some bad info from a dealer. I am on the BMW forum, so I have read the thread with the "recall" that is not even an official recall yet.
for 2018 BMW K 1600 GTL
FILTER RECALLS BY AFFECTED COMPONENTS
All (1)POWER TRAIN (1)
October 1, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V692000
Transmission may Cause Rear Wheel to Lock up
Double gear engagement or transmission damage can cause the rear wheel to lock up, affecting the vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V692000
Manufacturer BMW of North America, LLC
Components POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected 4,672
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.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift forks, the selector sleeve of 5th/6th gear and the gear wheel of 6th gear, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk will be mailed November 8, 2019. A second letter will be sent once the remedy is available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.