Transport Canada announced a recall for the 2011-2013 BMW F800GS and the 2013 F700GS because of a problem with the kickstand ignition cut-off switch.
The switch is designed to turn off the engine when the stand is down and the motorcycle is shifted into gear; this prevents the motorcycle from being ridden with the kickstand deployed. On certain BMW F800GS and F700GS models however, the cut-off switch can loosen and become damaged.
In such a situation, a rider may ride off without being aware the stand was still down, posing a serious safety risk. Trying to lean into a turn with the kickstand down, for example, could have some disastrous consequences.
BMW dealers will install bolts to secure the sidestand switch which was originally designed to be held by a circlip.
At the moment, the recall is only for Canada, affecting 125 units. We expect a similar recall to be announced for the U.S. market with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
[Source: Transport Canada Recall #2013209]