Archive for the ‘Motorcycle news’ Category

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This is my take on motorcycle news that grabbed my attention. There is a whole lot more out there, but this is the news that I want to discuss. Drop me a note if you disagree with my take.

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Up Shift – Royal Enfield’s Tour of the South Pole – A month or so ago I mentioned that Royal Enfield was going to ride to motorcycles to the South Pole.  On December 16, 2021, Santhosh Vijay Kumar and Dean Coxson reached the South Pole on board their Royal Enfield Himalayan.  It took them 15 days, a bit longer then expected due to a blizzard that forced a detour.

My Take – No world records involved just the bragging rights that the Himalayan motorcycle can take you on any adventure.  Congrats to the riders and Royal Enfield!  Oh and yes, it is summer at the South Pole, with temps getting to a balmy -22F.   

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Hitting Neutral – Motorcycles with Speed Limiters – Are motorcycles to fast? Whether or not you agree some motorcycle manufacturers are going to limit the top speed of their bikes. Those top end motorcycles, or superbikes, are going to be limited to 300KPH or 186MPH.

This is an attempt to appease politicians and safety activists ahead of any legal action taken by those politicians at the behest of the safety activists. So, the next batch of superbikes will be slower than the current models. Not sure that has ever happened before.

My Take – Is 200MPH to fast on a motorcycle, other then on a track?  Well yes, of course it is.  But, I do not like that we have to be forced to do something in the hopes that the politicians and activists will be appeased because they will NEVER BE APPEASED.

I have said it often in this blog, the end goal of safety activists, like the Vision Zero zealots, is to end motorcycling completely.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V987000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 (CMX1100) motorcycles. The radiator cap may have been improperly formed during manufacturing, which could create an insufficient seal.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the radiator cap and refill any lost coolant, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 13, 2022. Owners may contact Honda service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is KN1.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V940000

Manufacturer Zero Motorcycles Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary: Zero Motorcycles, Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain 2022 SR, SR/F, and SR/S motorcycles. The incorrect rear brake pads were installed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 122, “Motorcycle Brake System.”

Remedy: Dealers will inspect and replace the rear brake pads, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 20, 2021. Owners may contact Zero customer service at 1-888-841-8085. Zero’s number for this recall SV-ZMC-022-018.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V865000

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2016-2021 FJR13 motorcycles. The Engine Control Unit (ECU) programming installed under Recall 20V-813 (990141), that was designed to prevent gear damage, may prevent the engine from accelerating as intended.

Remedy: Owners are advised not to ride their motorcycles until they are repaired. Dealers will reprogram the ECU, free of charge. Motorcycles that were previously repaired under recall 20V-813 will need to return for the new remedy. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 9, 2021. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990152.

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This is my take on motorcycle news that grabbed my attention. There is a whole lot more out there, but this is the news that I want to discuss. Drop me a note if you disagree with my take.

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Down Shift Apple recommends not mounting their phones to the motorcycle! – Even though one of the latest iPhone commercials show their phone mounted to a scooter, Apple says that is a no no. Apparently the image stabilization technology of the phone can be degraded or destroyed by the vibrations of the motorcycle. There report state “motorcycle engines generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate.”

My Take – WOW, no word on if this violates the iPhone warranty or not. But, after years of seeing how Apple works, I bet the next phone will have a clause about how mounting to a motorcycle will violate the warranty. In the meantime, if you us the iPhone mounted to your bike, look for some form of vibration reduction mounting systems.   

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Up Shift Triumph reaches 1,000,000 – A milestone to say the least. This number is only counting the motorcycles that Triumph has produced since its “re-launch” over 30 years ago. The one millionth bike is a Tiger 900 with a special paint and appearance package.

My Take – I am of two thoughts on this 1) That is an average of only 32,000 motorcycles a year how have they survived with that small of an annual number … what is the mark-up on Triumph motorcycles? 2) Getting to that number of bikes through all the ups and downs our economies have experienced is a testament to good management and good motorcycles.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V901000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Summary Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2021 NC750XD motorcycles equipped with 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions. The fuel injection control module software may be programmed incorrectly, which can result in insufficient fuel when stopping, or accelerating from a stop.

Remedy Dealers will reprogram the fuel injection and dual clutch transmission software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 7, 2022. Owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KN0.

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 NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V836000

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Components EQUIPMENT

Summary Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2021 Tracer 900 GT (MTT9GTM) motorcycles. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) printed on the Federal Certification label may not match the VIN stamped on the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Remedy Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will install a correct certification label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 5, 2021. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990151.

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ijustwant2ride.com

This is my take on motorcycle news that grabbed my attention. There is a whole lot more out there but this is the news that I want to discuss. Drop me a note if you disagree with my take.

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Up Shift Royal Enfield at the South Pole – How do you celebrate 120 years making motorcycles? You take a ride to the South Pole! Starting November 26th Royal Enfield is taking two modified Himalayans on a 39-day, 480-mile adventure to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The motorcycles, ridden by Royal Enfield worker Santhosh Vijay and Dean Coxson, will ride in the tracks of the support vehicles. The bikes have been tested in Iceland to make sure they are capable for this tour of the real down under.

My Take – This is pretty cool (LOL get it)!  Some purest have poo-pooed the fact that they are riding in the competed tracks of the support vehicles, but I don’t have a problem with that. I guess that they are riding to the pole in the summer is an issue as well.  No, Royal Enfield is stepping up their game.

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Up ShiftDucati has record sales – Ducati is claiming that 1 in 4 superbikes sold is a Ducati Panigale. Not only that but they passed last year’s sales in the first 9 months of 2021. 2021 has been their best year ever with 49,693 motorcycles sold before the fourth quarter even began. The Multistrada was the best seller followed by the Scrambler 800, Streetfighter V4 and then the Monster.

My Take – 4,475 of that record setting number were sold in the US so we are doing our part! Congratulations to not only Ducati but to the industry!  Maybe, just maybe we are on the upswing of a new peak in motorcycling.

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Ride on, Ride Safe

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V819000

Manufacturer Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2020 W800 CAFE (EJ800C), and 2020-2021 W800 (EJ800D) motorcycles. The exhaust pipe nuts may not be tightened properly, possibly resulting in the exhaust pipe nuts and collar falling off the motorcycle.

Remedy Dealers will replace the gaskets and the collars, and reinstall the muffler, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 3, 2021. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC21-07.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V806000

Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Components ENGINE

Summary Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2020-2021 XVS95C motorcycles. The engine case may leak oil onto the rear tire.

Remedy Owners are advised to not ride their motorcycles until they are repaired. Dealers will inspect and replace the engine, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 29, 2021. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990150.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V804000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components POWER TRAIN

SummaryHonda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2021 Trail 125 (CT125A) motorcycles. The gearshift pedal arm weld may fail, possibly resulting in the pedal breaking off the motorcycle.

RemedyDealers will replace the gearshift pedal assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 15, 2021. Owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KM8.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V795000

Manufacturer Zero Motorcycles Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain 2020 SR/F motorcycles. The rear rotor bolts were insufficiently tightened.

Remedy Dealers will correctly tighten and replace the rear rotor bolts as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 25, 2021. Owners may contact Zero customer service at 1-888-841-8085. Zero’s number for this recall is SV-ZMC-020-417.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V792000

Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components POWER TRAIN

Summary KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2018-2020 690 Enduro R, Vitpilen 701, 701 Enduro, 701 Supermoto, 2019-2020 690 SMC R, Svartpilen, 2018-2019 690 Duke, and 2020 701 Enduro LR motorcycles. The bellow-style gasket on the clutch slave cylinder may have been damaged during manufacturing, which could cause the clutch to become inoperable and not disengage when the clutch lever is pulled in.

Remedy Dealers will inspect the clutch slave cylinder and replace it if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 3, 2021. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s numbers for this recall are KTB2112 and HTB2110.

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If you have be reading my sporadic posts (I really wish I cold do this instead of making money to feed and clothe myself and motorcycles) you know I recently attended the Pennsylvania stop of the International Motorcycle show.  It was an outdoor event that my wife and I enjoyed!

While I was there, I met Meredith Loza, Marking Director of the Powersports Group with Informa Markets. She is the one charged with making sure there are folks coming to the Show. For a Friday afternoon I would weigh she did a pretty good job at it!

Did you know that the International Motorcycle Show (or IMS) is 40 years old… I did not!

I only had a short time with her as she was running the show’s events and I wanted to see everything that I could see.  But I did get to ask some questions, hope they are informative for you.

Why did you go outdoors?

Progressive IMS Outdoors represents a revamp of our tour’s nearly 40-year history that will not only transition IMS from the traditional convention center setup to a new open outdoor experience but will also provide a festival-like atmosphere that promotes enthusiasts of all ages and levels to come together to better engage with products, each other, and the industry. 

In serving the Powersports market, our approach always has been to evolve with the times by paying close attention to the interests and needs of our attendees, industry professionals, and OEMs. In doing so, our shows have become more interactive over the years. IMS Outdoors will serve our attendees with larger venues allowing for more demo rides and interactive activities.

The new outdoors format will support the growth of the Powersports community by offering a unique experience the industry has yet to see. 

Is this a permanent move?

Yes, IMS Outdoors is replacing the traditional International Motorcycle Shows that used to happen from November through February. Just like the previous indoor events, attendees can rest assured each stop will showcase hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and will give enthusiasts the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. 

Transitioning to an experience-forward event series has been very well-received by both our attendee and exhibitor community, a model everyone is excited to continue. This new and improved layout mirrors the Powersports lifestyle by providing a fun environment for enthusiasts to reconnect after so many months apart and demo product of interest, from on-road motorcycles and off-road Side by Sides, to the latest e-bikes on the market.

How is COVID impacting industry?

Amidst the difficult circumstances, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a renewed interest in outdoor-based activities including the Powersports industry. In fact, earlier this year, the MIC reported a double digit jump in new motorcycle sales increasing to 18.4% and sales in off highway motorcycles spiked, reaching 46.5% growth year-over-year. These are all trends we’ve seen reflected at IMS Outdoors as we’ve introduced demo opportunities for on and off-road enthusiasts for the first time ever, plus demo opportunities within complementary lifestyles such as electric bikes and side by sides. We’re excited to play a foundational role in keeping this renewed momentum going and building a stronger base of enthusiasts.    

And anything else you would like to share with me.

Excitingly, we recently revealed our Southern California venue which will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center from November 19 through 21. We look forward to returning to our flagship market this Fall. Tickets are available at www.MotorcycleShows.com

And is there anything else you would like to share with the readers/riders? Excitingly, we recently revealed our Southern California venue which will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center from November 19 through 21. We look forward to returning to our flagship market this Fall. Tickets are available at www.MotorcycleShows.com

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I am just now getting around to writing about our trip to the 2021 International Motorcycle Show. Life and work have been pushing against riding and writing for a couple months now thus the reason for fewer posts.  I hope that is changing for the better, fingers crossed.

For us this year’s show was held at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania Fairgrounds, which is about a two-hour trip for us.  That was not much more than the trip into Washington, DC.  The trip into the city, while 100 miles closer, could often take hours as well.

The fairground was mostly flat with only a small hill to get to the Kawasaki display I had no issues with the choice of the venue. It was easy to get to food and product vendors as you walk around taking in the sights.  Parking was ample with separate areas and entry points for car and motorcycles.

The fact that the International Motorcycle Show was outdoors, was a surprise. While there I meet a member of the show team and spoke to her about why they moved outdoors.  I will write a separate post on her response to that question, it was interesting.

As far as the show and motorcycles went it was pretty much on par with the indoor show with one major exception, there were a lot of test rides available.  Every major manufacture had something on hand for a test ride! This was not the case with the indoor DC show typically held in January. DC in January is not an opportune time to test ride a motorcycle.

This year, as I noted in earlier post, the motorcycle show folks had the Direction Wide Open team there to talk about traveling the RV/Caravan lifestyle with motorcycles. Lucinda and Will Belden provided an interesting and lively discussion on how you can take your motorcycling in a different direction with the use of an RV. It was quite fun listening to their stories and answers to the attendees’ questions.

J&P Cycle was again sponsoring the custom motorcycle show and contest next to the tent holding the vintage bikers’ rides.  Walking between the two was like a time travel event! But, in each tent there were fabulous motorcycles that made me want to hit the lottery so I could have my own set of tents.

So, all in all I would deem the Outdoor International Motorcycle Show a hit.  Would I go if it were raining?  Well, if you have read this blog for very long you know the answer to that question, of course I would.  But would the attendance be as great, of that I am not sure.

Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer Ducati North America

Components STRUCTURE

Summary: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2019 Hypermotard 950 SP motorcycles. The side stand may be improperly welded, potentially causing the stand to break.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new side stand, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 22, 2021. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-21-011.

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Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 CB500X and CBR500R ABS motorcycles. Excessive grease in the ABS modulator may collect debris, which can get stuck in the check valve and cause a brake fluid leak.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the lot number on the ABS modulator, and replace the modulator as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 29, 2021. Owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KM6.

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Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary: KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s and Husqvarna FE 501s motorcycles. The brake pad retaining clips on the front brake caliper may have been mounted incorrectly, which could result in loose front brake pads.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect and repair the brake pad retaining clips, as necessary, free of charge. Owners are advised to not ride their motorcycles until the repair has been performed. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed September 20, 2021. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s number for this recall is HTB2108.

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Be aware that this motorcycle recall list is for the United States for the last 30 days, there is no way I could cover the entire world. But in the world of global manufacturing, if a motorcycle is being recalled in one country there is a good chance it is under recall in others.

Also, this should not be considered a definitive list, check for yourself if you have any questions.

If you are US based use the NHTSA website http://www.safercar.gov. Enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected by the recall.

If you are based outside the USA, use the appropriate website to locate recalls that may impact you.

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Manufacturer KTM North America, Inc.

Components STRUCTURE, SUSPENSION

Summary – KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain 2018-2020 Husqvarna Motorcycle 701 Vitpilen and 2019-2020 701 Svartpilen motorcycles. The gear teeth on the license plate holder and swingarm may be positioned incorrectly, possibly resulting in a loose rear axle nut, causing the license plate holder to contact the rear wheel.

Remedy – Dealers will inspect and realign the gear teeth on the license plate holder and swingarm and inspect the tightness of the rear wheel axle collar, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in August 2021. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s number for this recall is HTB2106.

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Manufacturer Polaris, Inc.

Components WHEELS

Summary – Polaris, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Slingshot vehicles. The rear wheel studs may not have been fully pressed into the axle, possibly causing them to come loose.

Remedy – Dealers will inspect and as necessary, replace the rear axle/stud assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-855-863-2284. Polaris’ number for this recall is T-21-01.

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Manufacturer Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Components SUSPENSION

Summary – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2018 Ninja H2 SX, Ninja H2 SX SE, and 2019-2021 Ninja H2 SX SE+ motorcycles. An insufficient amount of grease in the rear hub needle-bearing may cause it to fail, which could result in the rear wheel locking up.

Remedy – Dealers will replace the needle-bearing, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed August 23, 2021. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC21-04.

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Manufacturer Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Ninja H2, Ninja H2 Carbon, Z H2, 2021 Ninja H2 SX SE+, ZX-10R, ZX-10R ABS, ZX-10R KRT Edition, ZX-10R ABS KRT Edition, ZX-10RR, and Z H2 SE motorcycles. The engine oil pressure relief valve may come apart, causing a loss of oil pressure and possible engine stall.

Remedy – Dealers will replace the relief valve, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed August 23, 2021. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC’s number for this recall is MC21-05.

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