Hey, we have a legit excuse: For more than five of those months, the bike was not in our possession. A couple of weeks after we introduced the 1200 (with 3,102 miles on the clock) to our long-term fleet in the August 2014 issue, BMW announced a recall for all 2014 R1200RTs with Dynamic ESA suspension and retrieved our test unit. The manufacturer of the bike's ESA shock, Marzocchi, informed BMW that the shock's piston shaft could snap right where a threaded portion ends, causing complete collapse of the rear suspension. "Only a very few shafts had broken, none in the US," BMW North America's Roy Oliemuller said, "and there were no reports of injuries. But we immediately issued a Stop Ride directive instructing owners not to ride their RTs until a remedy could be implemented."