Indian Motorcycles has again run into issues of non-compliance, prompting a recall of models built from 2019 to 2021.
The official recall notice says a software issue causes the rear turn signal lights to be “slightly illuminated when not in use and brightly flash when operating”.
That means the rear turn signal lights are not compliant with Australian vehicle standards.
This may seem like a minor issue, but you don’t want your bike indicating when you are not turning! Owners of affected vehicles could contact their authorised Indian Motorcycle dealer to schedule an appointment to reinstall factory parts, free of charge.
While the notice doesn’t specify specific models, it does provide VINs (Vehicle identification numbers) of the 90 affected bikes which can be downloaded here.
This is not the first time Indian has recalled vehicles because of non-compliance issues with our ADRs.
In 2018, the Roadmaster was recalled over wiring issues and all 111 Thunderstroke engined models have been recalled for a variety of issues from non-compliant halogen headlights to a fire dangers.
BMW Australia has issued a safety recall for their 2018-2020 K1600 over an issue which could the back end to drop.
The official notice says a manufacturer defect in the pivot struts that connect the rear suspension to the frame may break.
It sounds pretty catastrophic and dangerous to us, but you have to admit, the wording of the recall notice is a little twee given the gravity of the situation.
“This could cause the rear of the bike to drop on to the tyre, resulting in heavy deceleration of the rear wheel and instability for the rider,” the notice says.
“Heavy deceleration and instability could cause the rider to lose control and potentially crash resulting in serious injury or death.”
Owners should contact their BMW Motorrad dealer for the replacement of the pivot strut free of charge or contact BMW Group Customer Interaction Centre using [email protected] or by phone on 1800 813 299.
VINs (Vehicle identification numbers) of the 106 affected bikes can be downloaded here and here.
This is the first recall for BMW Australia this year after three recalls last year when there were 46 safety recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009.
Triumph Australia has urged owners of its 2021/22 Speed Triple RS and Speed Triple RR motorcycles to bring their bikes in for a brake check “as soon as possible”.
They have issued a recall notice for the bike blaming a “manufacturer defect”.
The notice says the brake disc may have been fitted incorrectly and “could become loose and interfere with other nearby components preventing the wheel from rotating freely”.
“This could reduce the expected braking performance,” the notice says.
“A reduction in braking performance could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to the rider and/or passenger, or other road users.”
Owners can contact their preferred authorised Triumph Motorcycles dealer to have the work carried out “as soon as possible”, free of charge
The vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of the 200 affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.
This is the first recall for Triumph this year after four last year when there were 46 safety recalls in total, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.
Kawasaki Motorcycles Australia has issued its third recall of its retro W800, this time for an issue with the horn.
The previous two recalls were for issues of engine stalling.
In the latest recall notice, the official notice says the wiring harness leading to the horn “may not be durable enough and could break due to vibration at a certain engine speed range, preventing the horn from operating”.
“If the horn does not operate as intended, this could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death to the rider and other road users,” the notice says.
Owners of the 138 affected 2019 – 2021 models can contact their authorised Kawasaki motorcycle dealer to schedule an appointment to have the work carried out free of charge.
VINs of the affected bikes are listed at the end lf tbhis artucloe.
This is the first recall for Kawasaki this year after last year having the ignominious honour of issuing the most vehicle safety recalls with eight.
VINs of the affected bikes are listed at the end of this article.
There were official 46 safety recalls of motorcycles in Australia in 2021, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.
Harley-Davidson Australia has recalled its new Revolution-engined Pan America adventure bike and Sportster S over an issue that only affects the bikes in zero temperatures.
Interestingly, Harley’s new additions to their range sold 515 bikes in the past year, 515 of which were the Pan America Special.
The sales results are revealed in the official recall notice, not in the official FCAI sales figures which these days don’t reveal such data.
It’s a good indication that the new bikes have been well received, especially the company’s first adventure bike.
Anyway, back to the recall.
The issues is related to a software fault, according to the official recall notice.
It says that if the temperature of the instrument cluster is below 0 degrees Celsius, “the speedometer and neutral indicator may not display as intended” and an error warning message may display.
“If the speedometer or neutral indicator is not displayed as intended the rider will be unable to correctly determine the operating speed,” the notice says.
“This may increase the risk of an accident, causing injury or death to the rider, passenger or other road users.”
Owners should contact their nearest Harley-Davidson dealer “immediately” to schedule an appointment to have the software updated in the instrument cluster module at no charge.
Surely there’s no rush, though, as temperatures are not likely to plummet that much in the next few months.
The recall is the first for Harley this year after last year having only two recalls in a year where there were official 46 recalls, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.
Here are the VINs (Vehicle identification number) of the affected bikes:
Riders of Honda’s current model CBR100RR Fireblades have been advised to slow down and maybe even stop riding the bike due to an issue that could cause oil to dangerously leak on to the back tyre.
According to the official recall notice issued through the Australian Government, heat from the exhaust pipes could damage the oil cooler hose causing a leak.
They say it’s a “manufacturing issue”, but it sounds like a design fault to me.
And it’s serious.
“If the oil cooler hose becomes damaged, it may lead to a loss of engine oil on to the rear tyre,” warns the recall notice.
“The rear tyre may lose traction without warning. This may lead to serious injury or death to the rider and other road users.”
When parts become available owners will be contacted by Honda and asked to contact their nearest authorised Honda Motorcycle Dealer to have their motorcycle inspected and repaired free of charge.
Until the inspection and repair are carried out, owners of the 27 affected bikes are advised not to ride above 5000rpm in first gear, as this could raise the temperature around the oil cooler outlet pipe and may result in hose being damaged and an oil leak to occur.
If you find an oil leak at the pre-ride inspection, stop riding, and immediately contact your nearest Honda Australia dealer.
After a year of record safety recalls for motorcycles in 2021, Yamaha Australia is the first Australian motorcycle company to issue a recall in 2022.
The company has recalled their current 29022 YZ125SPN and YZ125N junior motocross motorcycles for a gear selection issue and asked owners to not ride them until parts arrive later this month or until they have been inspected and modified.
According to the official recall notice issued through the Federal Government, the shift selector detent spring may “dislodge while riding, causing the gear to shift unexpectedly or inhibit gear selection”.
“If the gear shifts unexpectedly or cannot shift properly, there is an increased risk of an accident resulting in injury or death to the rider or bystanders,” the notice says.
While all safety recalls are important, this is alarming as most riders will be young people, so parents should pay particular attention.
The notice says theparts for repair will not be available until next month.
In the meantime, owners should contact their local Yamaha dealer to arrange for a free inspection and temporary modification.
For more information, contact Yamaha Motor Australia on 1300 277 137.
Kawasaki has the ignominious honour of issuing the most vehicle safety recalls last year with eight, ahead of Honda with seven, five for Ducati, Husqvarna and KTM, four for Triumph, three for Suzuki and BMW, two for Harley-Davidson and one each for Royal Enfield and Yamaha.
It’s a substantial change for Yamaha which last year “top scored” with eight recalls in 2020.
KTM Australia was the most affected importer with 12 recalls for the KTM, GasGas and Husqvarna motorcycles it imports into the country.
The Husqvarna 701 models were the most recalled this year with three recalls for various issues.
Other new models which hit the market and immediately had recalls were Harley’s new Pan America and the Ducati Multistrada V4.
Recalls this year ranged from the seemingly innocuous non-compliance issues (which may still cost owners with expensive defect notices) to dangerous matters of bake failures and engine stalling.
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.
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