BMW of North America issues “stop sale” on motorcycles
BMW of North America has issued a “stop sale” on all its motorcycles at BMW dealerships.
The reason: “Following a recent quality analysis, BMW is pursuing measures to further evaluate the material used in a component of its motorcycle evaporative system, which may not have been produced to material specifications.”
It’s evidently purely emissions-related, “not safety related, and BMW owners may continue to ride their motorcycles as normal.”
The stop sale was issued earlier this week, and for a while, the circumstances spawned plenty of conspiracy theories until the company issued a press release. You can still buy and sell used bikes, just not from a BMW dealership. It covers every product BMW has, new and used, except for the electric CE 04 scooter.
The fact that all used BMWs are included suggests that the issue may have been going on for a while, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Whether the federal government is involved, and whether there will be a recall, is unclear.
The timing of the stop sale notice may be unfortunate, as the company is about to introduce its new flagship, the R 1300 GS. Whether or not this issue will affect the North American launch of that bike is unknown.