BMW Has Recalled these motorcycles because of a potential for the rear wheel to lock.
Number of Units Affected: 515
The recall affects motorcycles manufactured between September 2002 and October 2002
Defect Summary: On certain motorcycles, it is possible that the 3rd and 4th transmission gear (shift) wheels may not be securely seated on the intermediate shaft. Consequently, when attempting to shift from 5th to 6th gear, engagement of the two gears may occur simultaneously.
If this happens, the gear wheels could crack resulting in a loss of transmission capability, or, a lock of transmission could occur. The rear wheel could lock which, depending upon traffic and road conditions, and the rider’s reaction, could affect the stability of the motorcycle.
Corrective summary: dealers will inspect the motorcycles and replace the transmission gear box if necessary. Owner notification is expected to begin during December 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117, option #4.