It looks like one of the BMW Motorrad Chief Engineers woke up one morning and just decided to recall motorcycles. The latest motorcycle to be recalled by the German brand is the R NineT in the US.
The issue is a loose swingarm pivot pin, which has affected 3368 units of the R NineT. As per BMW, only the R NineT is affected and not the other variants: Scrambler, Racer, Urban G/S, and Pure. The affected models were manufactured between 2014 and 2017.
According to the National Highway Traffic Association, the bolts holding the swingarm pivot pin to the frame may loosen, resulting in loss of control and even a crash. BMW says the problem was an error during production by supplier Walter Automobiltecnik, during the frame cutting process.
BMW says that the R NineTs affected with this problem will produce an unusual noise or a rattling sound. The problem with the swingarm was first reported in Turkey, back in 2016. Since then, BMW received three more complaints the same year, when customers reported handling issues, and more followed in 2017.
BMW dealers will get in touch with customers to fix the problem, which involves cleaning, inspection, and replacing the bolt with correct torque and adhesive.
BMW Motorrad had earlier recalled the R 1200 GS models, followed by seven more bikes from its lineup, and even the C650GT and the C Evolution scooters. After the company has announced a recall for the R NineT as well, quality is becoming a concern for customers and fans.