Safety Recall 19V-692 – Transmission – 2017-2020 BMW K1600 Motorcycles

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: 19V692

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


Check if your BMW Motorcycle has a Recall

Safety Recall 19V-xyz
Model Year 2017-2020
BMW K1600
Last Updated 10/01/2019


Q1. Which BMW models in the US are potentially affected by this Safety Recall?

Approximately 4,672 Model Year 2017 – 2020 BMW motorcycles in the US, produced between Oct 2016 and Sep 2019, are potentially affected.  Specific information by model is provided in the table below.

Model Model Year Production Date Volume
K 1600 GT 2017 – 2020 Oct 2016 – Sep 2019 542
K 1600 GTL 2018 – 2020 Feb 2017 – Sep 2019 1,161
K 1600 B 2018 – 2020 Apr 2017 – Sep 2019 2,969


Q2. What is the specific issue?

Certain transmission components (shift forks, selector sleeve, gear wheel), may not have been produced to sufficient specifications.  This could affect the function of the transmission and may lead to a double-engagement of two gears and/or damage of transmission parts.


Q3. What can happen as a result of this issue?

If a double-engagement of two gears and/or damage to certain transmission parts occurs, then depending on certain speed and road conditions, a blocked rear wheel could occur.  This could affect handling and control of the motorcycle, and increase the risk of a crash.


Q4. Can I continue to ride my motorcycle?

Yes. However, when you receive a letter via First Class mail from BMW informing you that the remedy for this Safety Recall is available, please contact an authorized BMW motorcycle dealer to have this performed as soon as possible.  If you are not the only rider of this motorcycle, please advise all other riders of this important information.


Q5. How did BMW become aware of this issue?

BMW became aware of this issue through its quality control procedures.


Q6. Why are other BMW motorcycles not included in this Safety Recall?

Other motorcycles were equipped with transmission parts that were produced to sufficient specifications.


Q7. Can I determine if this issue exists on my motorcycleNo.


Q8. How will my motorcycle be repaired?

Certain transmission parts will be replaced.


Q9. How will I be informed of this Safety Recall?

You will receive a letter in October via First Class mail advising you of this Safety Recall and, if parts are available, to schedule an appointment with an authorized BMW motorcycle dealer to have this Safety Recall performed.  If parts are not available, you will receive a second letter when they become available, advising you to schedule an appointment at that time to have this Safety Recall performed.  You can locate your nearest authorized BMW motorcycle dealer at


Q10. How long will the repair take?

This repair may take up to several hours, and will be performed for free by your authorized BMW motorcycle dealer.


Q11. Do I have to wait for my letter in order to have my motorcycle serviced?

Yes.  We are in the process of implementing this Safety Recall to ensure that the necessary parts, tools, and procedures are available, prior to contacting you to schedule your motorcycle to have this Safety Recall performed.  For the latest updates to this Safety Recall, please visit

10 Affected Products


BMW K 1600 GT 2017-2020
BMW K 1600 GTL 2018-2020
BMW K1600B 2018-2020

3 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)- Recall-Stop Sale K 1600 and S 1000 RR

RCMN-19V692-0239.pdf 36.372KB

Download (PDF, 36KB)

Miscellaneous Document – Dealer Q & A

RMISC-19V692-1773.pdf 94.289KB

Download (PDF, 92KB)

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V692-7955.pdf 267.798KB

Download (PDF, 262KB)

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