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BMW recalling nearly 122,000 motorbikes worldwide for the second time

May 18 (Reuters) –

BMW (BMWG.DE) is recalling nearly 122,000 motorbikes worldwide for the second time to check for possible brake faults.

The company said 100 bikes had been found still to have problems in brake fluid lines following a recall two years ago. The latest announcement affects the four-cylinder tourer K 1200 GT and the popular Boxer Tourer and Enduro models, including its best-selling R 1200 GS.

A spokesman for BMW Motorrad said that in the worst case, the front brakes could fail if all the fluid leaked out. He said the company was not aware of any accident linked to the problem.

“There appears to be no danger to riders, so the (recall) measure can be done without the involvement and supervision of (German motor vehicle department) KBA,” BMW said, citing a letter from the authority.

Two years ago the same bikes encountered identical faults, but a change to the brake fluid lines did not entirely solve the problem. BMW is now making further modifications.

The number of bikes recalled, which were built between August 2006 and May 2009, is roughly double the total sales volume of BMW in Europe last year.

BMW Motorrad saw operating profit slump 78 percent last year to 11 million euros ($13.66 million) after a sharp drop in demand for bikes with engines above 500cc.

Unlike the sporty image of its luxury car brand, BMW’s bikes are best known for their durability in off-road terrain where its R 1200 GS dominates the adventure touring segment in Europe.

(Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner; Editing by David Cowell)

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