BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division of the German automaker, has announced a temporary halt on the sale of nearly all new and pre-owned motorcycles distributed through its North American dealership network. Importantly, BMW clarified that this decision is unrelated to safety concerns, allowing owners to continue riding their motorcycles without worry.
The stop-sale directive issued by the renowned automaker is primarily associated with a material used in the evaporative system of their gas-powered motorcycles, encompassing their entire gas-powered motorcycle lineup, with the exception of their all-electric CE 04 model.
In an official statement, BMW elaborated on the situation: “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.” Crucially, BMW emphasised that this temporary halt in sales is not safety-related, reassuring owners that they can maintain their regular riding activities.
While the exact reasons behind the stop-sale order remain undisclosed, the fact that only gas-powered models are affected, and the assurance that safety is not at risk, has led to speculation that the issue might pertain to emissions compliance.
Notably, BMW stressed that this decision is voluntary and not mandated by any regulatory agency, suggesting a proactive approach to rectify any potential issues, distinct from notorious industry scandals like Volkswagen's Dieselgate.
As this development unfolds, many questions remain unanswered. Nevertheless, it is clear that prospective BMW motorcycle buyers in North America may face delays in their purchases, unless they are considering the all-electric CE 04 scooter, which remains unaffected by the stop-sale order.