BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 R nine T motorcycles manufactured November 27, 2013, through January 26, 2015. The design of the rear turn signals may partially obscure the lights from being seen by the driver of a following vehicle.
Rather than being trendy or recalling a time of simpler rides, the position of the rear indicators mean these R nine T motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
IN NHTSA-speak, ‘In certain road and traffic conditions, the rear turn signals may be slightly obscured to the driver of a following vehicle and increase the risk of a crash’.
Does this look like a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108 violation to you? To the NHTSA it does
The BMW R nineT was introduced in 2013 and reportedly created to mark ‘90 years of BMW Motorrad’ with the German motorcycle manufacturer stating the model ‘radiates purism and power in undisguised form, it skillfully blends the boxer engine’s rugged character and the design traits of various motorcycle eras with cutting-edge technology and a modular concept that offers the rider maximum scope for personalization’.
Labeled as a classic roadster, BMW Motorrad has said this particular bike is built to cater to the many motorcycle enthusiasts who yearn for unadulterated, stress-free riding pleasure. Most notably, the R nineT has been a highlight in the German motorcycle manufacturer’s line-up.
As with these type of recalls, BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear turn signals with ones that have longer arms, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 21, 2016 with owners able to contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.