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German motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad has recalled it's BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS models in the United States. Roughly 2,781 units of G 310 GS and 2,741 units of G 310 R have been affected by the recall. BMW has recalled the motorcycle because of faulty brake units.
BMW G310GS models that have been manufactured between 2017 and 2019, and G 310 R models manufactured between 2017 and 2019 have been recalled at the moment. This recall is specifically for the motorcycles that have retailed in the United States.
The recall involves visiting a BMW Motorrad dealership, and getting the brakes swapped at no cost. The recall is expected to begin in early October. In addition, this recall also affects 416 units of the BMW C 400 X scooters with the same brake calipers.
BMW has overlooked the quality of the front & rear brake calipers, and brake caliper pistons. Long term exposure to the elements could result in corrosion, and could weaken the piston's clearance within the bore.
Owners will notice an increase in noise from the brakes, experience bad brake performance, experience reduced performance during acceleration, and not enjoy the motorcycle at all.
During the November of 2018, owners in Britain noticed that front wheels on their motorcycles were locking up at low speeds. An investigation revealed that the front brakes were corroded because of unique road treatment conditions. BMW Motorrad ordered a recall and affected brakes were replaced at no cost to owners.
The BMW G 310 R and the G310GS models are the cheapest motorcycles in the company's portfolio. The bikes were launched with the aim of increasing global presence and sales. BMW partnered with TVS for the production of their 310 twins. Both the G 310 R and the G310GS are made in India by TVS.
The faulty brake calipers are manufactures by Brembo India. Brembo manufacturers these brakes at their Chakan facility, and retails them under the ByBre brand. The company has been around for a very long time and has never had to be involved in a recall so far.
Thoughts About The Recall By BMW Motorrad
The Germans seem to have lost the plot somewhere along the way. We all know that the 310 Twins are manufactured in India by TVS . The TVS guys also manufacture components for other BMW motorcycles and exports them to Germany. ByBre is a different ball game. What we really want to know is if BMW uses domestic manufacturers to build machines and components for them, why are they charging us a bomb of a price for the motorcycles?