All posts for the month January, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd. is recalling roughly 2,800 Tiger Explorer and Trophy SE motorcycles to replace the ECU hardware and software.

According to the recall (NHTSA Campaign No. 14V009000), the electronic control unit (ECU) may improperly detect the throttle position, causing the bike to shut down unexpectedly. The recall affects the following models:

  • Tiger Explorer ABS A1, 2012-14 model years
  • Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1, 2013-14 model years
  • Trophy SE A1s manufactured from Nov. 17, 2011, through Dec. 16, 2013

According to Triumph, only about 3 percent of the involved vehicles are estimated to have the defect.

Triumph reported to NHTSA that “detection thresholds were set too tightly and insufficient signal filtering was applied, resulting in an unwanted activation of the safety shutdown strategy.” The ECU is supplied by Keihin Europe.

Dealers are asked to install new ECU hardware and software free of charge. Triumph is notifying owners starting in early February.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for their five latest 2014 models, which were unveiled late in 2013. The models are set to arrive in dealerships by early spring of 2014.

2014 R nineT: The all-new R nineT, commemorating 90 years of BMW Motorrad, will start at $14,900 for the Standard Package, which includes Integral ABS, a modular frame and mounting points for easy customization. An optional anti-theft alarm can be added for an additional $395.

2014 R 1200 GS Adventure: Unlike the straightforward R nineT, the updated R 1200 GS Adventure has a base of $18,200 and four additional special packages:

  • The Comfort Package ($500) includes a chrome exhaust, heated grips and a tire pressure monitor.
  • The Technology Package ($1,425) has an LED headlight, the Pro riding mode option, heated grips and a tire pressure monitor.
  • For long-distance travel, the Touring Package ($1,925) adds dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), On Board Computer Pro, GPS preparation, cruise control, LED auxiliary lights and saddlebag mounts.

Instead of adding on pieces here and there, customers can opt for the Premium Package version of the R 1200 GS Adventure ($21,500), which combines the Touring and Technology Packages as well as a steering damper, adjustable passenger seat, stepless adjustable windshield and removable passenger pegs.

2014 R 1200 RT: BMW says the base model ($17,650) adds over $1,100 of value to the 2014 R 1200 RT’s predecessor, including heated grips, two riding modes and Automatic Stability Control, while raising the price by only $300.

The motorcycle has the longest list of possibilities among the newest BMW Models, with six special package add-ons, a Premium Package and a long list of individual upgrades.

The six special packages include:

  • Comfort Package ($850), with chrome exhaust, central locking, tire pressure monitor, anti-theft alarm and dual accessory socket.
  • Touring Package ($1,400), adding Dynamic ESA, GPS preparation, heated seats and cruise control.
  • Standard Package ($600), including GPS preparation, cruise control and a dual accessory socket.
  • Dynamic Package ($275), which adds hill start control, headlight pro and the Pro riding mode.
  • Technology Package ($1,525), comprising Bluetooth, an audio system, chrome exhaust, radio software, tire pressure monitor and a dual accessory socket.
  • Luxury Package ($1,525), including Bluetooth, gear shift assistant pro, an audio system and radio software.

Additionally, the R 1200 RT comes in a Premium Package ($20,850) configuration that combines the Touring, Dynamic and Technology Packages as well as a steering damper, On Board Computer Pro and LED white turn signals.

2014 K 1600 GTL Exclusive: The base model of the K 1600 GTL Exclusive is the fully-loaded version, so it’s one simple price of $29,950. It also boasts additional equipment that its predecessor, the K 1600 GTL Premium Package, did not have, like keyless riding, a heated back rest, an exclusive exhaust, armrests, additional storage space and ground lighting.

2014 S 1000 R: The latest version of the S 1000 R starts with a base of $13,150. Add-on packages include Sport ($845) to add gear shift assist, dynamic traction control and cruise control, and Dynamic ($955) for dynamic damping control, heated grips and an engine spoiler.

Customers can also opt to upgrade to the Standard Package ($13,995) for the Pro ride mode and the Sport Package. Another option is the Premium Package ($14,950), which includes both the Sport and Dynamic Packages as well as the Pro riding mode.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BMW is recalling more than 50,000 motorcycles encompassing 18 different model types over seven model years for a potential leak in the fuel pump.

Affected are 2005-2011 R-model motorcycles, 2005-2012 K-model motorcycles, 2010-11 S1000 RR model motorcycles, and 2006-2010 HP2 motorcycles. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump flange, and the auxiliary fuel pump flange if equipped, could develop cracks and leak fuel.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, the organization stated. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V617000.

According to BMW, the recall affects “approximately 50,184” vehicles. The NHTSA recall follows a similar recall in Canada affecting more than 6,000 bikes.

BMW told NHTSA that “ductile cracks may develop in the plastic flange. Excessive loads can be generated during improper removal and insertion of the quick connector, or by removing the fuel tank prior to disconnecting the fuel line. Further damage can be caused by corrosive material/fluids. Over time, this could affect the seal between the flange and the flange housing. Eventually, a small fuel leak could occur during engine operation. After the engine is shut off, the fuel leak stops.”

BMW said it will notify owners. The recall is expected to begin in February.

Dealers will be asked to either reinforce the fuel pump flange or replace the pump as necessary, free of charge, according to the recall.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd. is recalling certain model-year 2013 Trophy SE motorcycles because, due to a design flaw, the left-hand center stand mount may fracture, the NHTSA announced.

The recall, No. 13V608000, affects motorcycles manufactured from June 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2013. About 416 vehicles are affected, Triumph told NHTSA.

If the center mount fractures, it will not provide adequate support for the center stand while the vehicle is parked, the OEM noted.

Triumph is notifying owners. Dealers are asked to install a new center stand bracket to the left-hand side of the frame. According to NHTSA, the manufacturer had not provided a notification schedule by press time.