Spannerman: Motorcycle Recalls In 2015
Jeez, mention of recalls in our Issue #298 has opened a can of worms. Recalls occur when in-service issues arise which may have safety implications. Here’s a summary of road bike recalls so far this year, 2015.
BMW has a big one with R 1200 GS; R 1200 GS Adventure; HP2; R 1200 RT; R 1200 R; R 1200 ST; R 1200 S; HP2 Sport; K 1200 S; K 1200 R Sport; K 1200 R, K 1200 GT, K 1300 S, K 1300 R and K 1300 GT. The recall goes back to bikes available from December 2002 and relates to potential failure of the rear-wheel flange due to over-tightened fastners.
Ducati has a recall on 1199/1299 Panigale S models fitted with an Ohlin TTX rear shock. Affected models are from 2014/2015. An internal nut in the shock retaining the piston to the rod may not be tightened to the specified torque, which could result in shock/damper malfunction. There’s also a recall on the Multistrada 1200 (2010-2014) relating to the throttle control assembly which may cause the bike to continue accelerating when you least desire it.
Harley-Davidson has an issue with its 2014/2015 touring bikes fitted with hydraulic clutches. The clutch my not disengage after the bikes have been sitting for an extended period. If you start the bike in gear or change into first from neutral, the bike could move forward by itself with obvious safety implications. There’s also a H-D recall related to the saddlebag mounting on touring models where the bags can separate from the bike while it’s in motion.
The return of Harley’s shark-nosed Road Glide is just one of its tourers to be caught in the net of recalls.
Honda also has its hands full with various models from 250cc to 1300cc too numerous to list here. The problem relates to excessive sealant applied to the starter solenoid during manufacture which may cause the engine to cut out or create a short circuit that may result in a fire in the wiring harness. Visit www.Recalls.gov.au and go to motorcycles for the full list of Hondas involved. Oh, there’s also a recall on the CRF230F related to cracking of the rear suspension swingarm and a recall on CBR1000SE and CBR1000SF models for problems with the rear shocks.
Suzuki has a couple of recalls in place including one for the VZR1800 Boulevard. Specifically, this is for the accessory backrest which is supposed to be attached by two 75mm bolts and two 95mm bolts. Some mounting kits have been supplied with four 110mm mounting bolts which may come into contact with the rear tyre resulting in a potential loss of pressure and control. 200L4 Burgman scooters produced between December 2013 and January 2015 are also being recalled to fix a potential crack between the muffler body and exhaust pipe.
Triumph Daytona 675 and Speed Triple models have the same issue as Ducatis fitted with Ohlin shock/damper units. Yamaha has a recall out on its YZF-R1M for a very similar issue. Yamaha’s MT-09 AF/F/TRAF models are also being recalled to address a problem with the shift cam segment stopper on the gearshift lever. The stopper can break which will result the rider not being able to change gears properly.
In most instances with new bike recalls, the distributor will get in touch with owners directly but there are occasions when owners change addresses or the bike has been on-sold to another rider unknown to the distributor. Most recall costs are met by the distributor and the advice is usually that if you know or suspect your bike may be the subject of a recall, take it your nearest authorised dealer.
Again, it’s a good idea to periodically go to www.Recalls.gov.au just to see what’s going on and confirm that everyone else except you made the wrong decision with the bike they bought.
This article appears in Motorcycle Trader Issue #298