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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2009, 7:18 pm Thread Starter
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BMW K1300 GT - K1300 S - Brake Fluid Foaming Recall

I saw this at and thought folks here ought to know about it. Apparently, there was a similar recall on the K1200R bikes late last year, but now they've covered the new K13S and K13GT bikes as well. Sounds like it's a simple fix with fitting an internal damper plate and a replacement brake fluid reservoir cap.

BMW has issued a recall for 2009 BMW K1300 GT and K1300 S motorcycles for a problem with brake fluid foaming. Please read the details below.

Manufacturer: BMW of North America
Model Year: 2009
Models affected: K1300 GT, K1300 S
NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V202000

Problem: BMW is recalling certain model year 2009 K1300 S and K1300 GT motorcycles manufactured between October 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009. In certain riding conditions involving increased vibration, the brake fluid in the front reservoir can foam. This could lead to a reduced braking capability of the front brake system, possibly resulting in a crash.

Corrective Action: The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or notification schedule. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2009, 7:56 pm
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Maybe it's an excuse for the Motherland to get smart and bring back the old switch-gear that worked and looked much better?

If they had tried that switch-a-goo stuff on the RT bikes, those owner's wouldn't be as forgiving.

But now "foaming brake fluid?" Their GS models must really be foaming. That shock-mounted 850GS comes to mind as the little brake fluid pot is mounted on some wiggly rubber stem.

I'm sure my local dealer is gonna be all over it. A week or two to get it scheduled into their shop. Two weeks to figure out how to order it on their computer under warranty. A week to get it. Another two weeks to screw on the new cap and install the dampener plate. And then comes this season's snow.... <--(always wanted to use that snowman)

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I took for granted that a BMW was a superior machine. My bike has not started (switch gear) my gas gauge does not work and now the brakes? The X5 is a lot better than the 13GT.
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Anyone want to start a switch write in? I luv my K13 but the new switches suck

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 2009, 1:31 pm
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I just got my recall letter. They claim that if the bike is ridden at high speeds for a long length of time it "can" happen. Of course I will take it in but that won't happen for a few weeks.

Just curious; Has anyone actually experienced this loss of the front brakeage happen?
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i haven't.

for the recall you get a really cool looking sponge inserted into the master cylinder

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Yup... My bikes on the "Sponge"

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 2009, 3:37 pm
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My dealer said that they did the recall when my bike was in for some warranty work a few weeks ago.Tomorrow I pick it up from the dealer for the 2nd trip to fix the fuel guage ( warning light never came on).Excep t for one or two stalls in hot weather this summer, hopefully the bike is up to my expectations especailly coming from a 2006GT

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Sponge worthy

I recently got back from a long trip and drove sometimes all day with only gas fill-ups and did not experience any foaming. I did have the recall done at my 6k service. Although I didn't like mind the switches on my old k12rs I really like the new switches as I have other bikes as well.
One thing I really like is the turn signal and how light and easy it is to turn on and off. I also like the fact that it self cancels after awhile. I haven't had any problems with the rest of the switches.

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I had the brake recall done. It is a piece of foam installed in the fluid area and a 150g weight in the cover area to change the frequecy of the vibration. I think it is a track issue. I have never heard of street riders having brake failure due to trapped air from foam. But, BMW must have had some reason to do this. Some people are using the little shock mounted brake fluid cup off the small GS bikes. It will bolt onto a K1300 no problem.
I left the foam piece in the cup and removed the weight. In general, I have found when you have a vibration issue on a bike and take action that is not well thought out, it just shows up somewhere else. (I was worried the whole darn fluid cup would break off with that weight in it since it is only held onto the master cylinder with a couple of small screws and an oring and it is plastic.) There is also a National Traffic Safety recall, #09V38400, for all K1300's switch gear. This just came out two weeks ago and we will probably see a letter from BMW when it all comes together. beech

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