The initial F650GS was subject to a number of problems, not just the axle lug failures. The reports to NHTSA in 2000 to 2003 are higher than for other models and manufacturers.
It could be argued that this is a result of the model being rushed into production in Germany following the success of the Funduro and released to market prematurely.
Some of the problems were resolved by firmware updates or component replacement, while others such as the wiringfire problems listed below continue as the solution was left to the dealer network to resolve under a TSB with different processes in each coumtry rather than make changes on the production line, hence later models also suffer the problems such as the firing fire problem.
Front Wheel Spacer Cracking
The initial front RHS wheel spacer was alloy and the tightening torque specified was too high. The spacers were replaced by steel spacers in 2001
Axle Tightening Torque changed from 80nm to 45nm
No TSB's were issued
The initial models were subject to surging and stalling
Problem resolved with BMS firmware updates
1300101, 1300301, 1300303
US Fuel Tank Recall
Fuel tank leak around the activated carbon filter.
US Market Only
See Recall 00V-267
Rear Caliper Support Bracket.
Caliper Support Bracket Bends with potential rear brake loss
See World Wide Recall Campaign 00 00 33 08 00 and Australian Recall No R01/025,
Ignition Switch Wiring Harness Chafing.
Ignition switch wiring was poorly routed with chafing causing electrical fires.
Main Wiring Harness Chafing
The main wiring harness chafes near shock absorber preload adjuster causing electrical fires.
See TSB's 61 002 06 (013), 61 002 08 (050)
Nov-2005 Measure No. US 5056875-01