Harley-Davidson Recalls Quarter Million Units for Brake Light Issue

Harley-Davidson is recalling over a quarter of a million CVO, Touring and Trike models manufactured from 2008, to 2010 for problems with the rear brake light switch. According to the official recall notice,  250,757 models were manufactured in a way in which the switch can be affected by heat from the exhaust causing it not to work or to activate when no brake has been applied.  The problem could also cause a brake fluid leak, affecting the brake’s performance, which could result in a crash.

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Polaris Recalls Indian Kickstand 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian      Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company

Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11v344000       NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Structure:Motorcycle Kickstand/Center Stand

Potential Number of Units Affected:699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for failing to confirm to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123 “Motorcycle controls and displays.” The side stand may not fold rearward an upward if it contacts the ground when the motorcycle is moving forward.

Consequence:
If the stand does not fold rearward and upward while the motorcycle moves forward, the driver’s ability to control the motorcyle could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the side stand free of charge. The safety recall is expected to being during August 2011. Owners may contact Indian at 651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Ducati Recalls Diavel

DUCATI is recalling 1,015 model year  2010-2011 Mulstistrada 1200 and Diavel motorcycles.  The electronic steering lock may fail to disengage during the motorcycle “key on” process using the keyless FOB device.  This has been linked directly to a certain revision of the hands free device (FOB) software.  It could result in a situation where the motorcycle engine might start while the steering lock is still engaged allowing a rider to engage the bike and ride while the steering is still locked, resulting in a crash and serious or fatal injuries.

THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE SOFTWARE OF THE HANDS FREE CONTROL UNIT FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DUCATI AT 1-800-231-6696.

MV Agusta recalling 2010 F4 Model

April 15, 2011

MV Agusta is recalling certain  2010 F4 motorcycles for the rear subframe. The upper fixture points may not be sufficiently robust, which may result in the subframe cracking and failing, local to the fixture points, during use. They say the stability of the rider and passenger could be compromised, thereby causing the risk of a crash.

Remedies are a reinforment support kit for the rear subframe which can be installed by dealers free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month and has no end date in sight.

If you are a owner call MV Agusta at 1-125-830-3300

You can also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or click here for official website

Suzuki Recalls Over 73,000 Motorcycles

Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     SUZUKI / AN400     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / DL1000     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSF1250     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX-R600     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX-R750     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX1300B     2008
     SUZUKI / GSX1300R     2008-2010
     SUZUKI / GSX650F     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / SFV650     2009-2010
     SUZUKI / VL800     2008-2010
     SUZUKI / VLR1800     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / VZ1500     2009-2010

SUZUKI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2010 MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 2007 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2009, EQUIPPED WITH REGULATOR/RECTIFIER ASSEMBLIES, SUZUKI PART NUMBERS 32800-41F11, 32800-15H10, 32800-05H11, 32800-41G10, 32800-15H00, 32800-18H00, 32800-05G10, 32800-10G10, 32800-05H20, OR 32800-06G01. SOME REGULATOR/RECTIFIER ASSEMBLIES WERE PRODUCED WITH INSUFFICIENT ADHESION BETWEEN THE POWER MODULE (CIRCUIT BOARD) AND THE RECTIFIER CASE THAT CONTAINS A HEAT SINK TO DISSIPATE HEAT. DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ADHESION, HEAT GENERATED ON THE POWER MODULE CIRCUIT BOARD CAN CAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD TO DEFORM, AND LIFT OF THE CASE.

THIS CONDITION CAUSES EXCESSIVE HEAT ON THE CIRCUIT BOARD AND UNCONTROLLED ELECTRIC CURRENT OUTPUT, WHICH CAN RESULT IN INSUFFICIENT CHARGING CURRENT BEING PROVIDED TO THE MOTORCYCLE BATTERY. THIS CAN CAUSE DISCHARGE OF THE BATTERY AND CAN LEAD TO ENGINE STALLING AND/OR A NO-START CONDITION. ENGINE STALLING WHILE RIDING CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

SUZUKI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND SUZUKI DISTRIBUTORS WILL REPLACE THE REGULATOR/RECTIFIER WITH AN IMPROVED PART FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 2, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-714-996-7040.

BRP Recalls 160 Can-Am SPYDER RT SM5

Recall affects 160 2011 model ROADSTER SPYDER RT SM5

BRP is recalling about 160 model year 2011 SPYDER RT SM5 ROADSTERS. According to the recall, a defective reverse actuator cable may allow the Roadster to inadvertently engage reverse without depressing the reverse button during down shifting.

Owners should be aware that if this happens while the vehicle is moving forward, the rear wheel could lock and cause a skid, and the engine stall. If this happens while the vehicle is stopped, the vehicle could back up without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will check the proper operation of the reverse actuator and if defective will be replaced free of charge.The recall began Feb 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BRP AT 1-888-638-5397 or the THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236

DUI Charges Re-filed against Indianapolis PD Officer

The attorney for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard is asking a judge to dismiss new DUI charges that have been filed against his client in relation to the August 6th crash in which Bisard allegedly drove his squad car into three motorcyclists, killing one and injuring two others.

The former prosecutor dropped those same charges a week or so after they were filed saying the tests were improperly administered and could not be used in court.

The blood test revealed Officer’s Bisard’s BAC content was 0.19 two hours after the crash,  which is more than twice the level at which an Indiana driver is considered drunk.

Before the case can go to trial, Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins will have to rule whether he agrees with the former prosecutor that the initial blood alcohol test was improperly administered.

Hawkins also said he expects the one side other the other will appeal his ruling.

If the blood alcohol evidence is allowed to stand and if Bisard is found guilty, he could face decades in jail.

Ducati Recalls MTS 1200S for Fuel Injection Problems

Ducati North America IS RECALLING 1,196 model year 2010 MTS 1200S motorcycles due to a problem with the fuel injection system. In the event the operator should downshift or maneuver with the clutch disengaged and the engine at idle the vehicle could stall, increasing the odds of a crash.  Dealers will re-flash the electronic control  unit free of charge.  Ducati Safety recall #RCL-10-004 .  If needed owners may contact DUCATI 800-231-6696 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safecar.gov

BMW Recalls F650GS

BMW is recalling a certain number (1,835) of F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000

BMW is recalling 1,835 F650GS motorcycles model year 2007 through 2010 manufactured from November 2006 through January 2010. A washer may interfere with the front disc brake fasteners’ torque. As a result, over time, a fastener or mutiple fasteners could become loose, allowing the brake disc to become loose.  If this happens the operator may lose braking ability and crash, resulting in serious injury or death. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V496000


2009-2010 Vulcan Motorcycles Recalled

Check with your dealer to see if your Vulcan is on the recall list

Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Vulcan motorcycles. The engine may stall if the rider is coasting with the clutch pulled in due to an improper setting of the engine control unit (ECU).  An unexpected engine stall could result in a crash, causing serious injury or death.  Dealers will replace the ECU with one containing revised settings to address the engine stalling. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before November 1, 2010. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 866-802-9381.