Indian to issue recall over gear indicator

Indian Motorcycle Australia is about to issue a recall for their big cruisers and baggers from 2014-19 over an issue with the gear position indicator.

The recall notice has been issued in the US, but is still be sorted out with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the next few days.

Indian Motorcycle Australia spokesman Chris Gale says they are “working with the ACCC to finalise everything”.

Some 52,745 bikes were recalled in the US, but there is no indication of how many are affected here.

What’s the issue?

Indian says the gear indicator switch could oxidise and show an incorrect gear which is not a huge issue.

However, it may also show it is in neutral when it is actually in gear.

That could cause the bike to stall or suddenly move forward if the rider lets the clutch out.

Models affected are 2014-19 Chief, Chieftain, Roadmaster and Springfield.

Indian Roadmaster Classic on the Oxley highway wiring issue
2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

Replacement parts are not available until early 2020, but riders are expected to be asked to bring in their bikes to have the switch cleaned as an interim measure.

When parts are available, owners will be asked to bring their bike in for a free replacement.

It is the first recall notice for Indian this year.

In 2018, they had three recalls: Scout models for brake issues; some Thunderstroke-powered models for  faulty right switchblocks; and Roadmaster for a lack of waterproofing in the rear top box.

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada


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