Kawasaki is recalling 337 model year 2012-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles. The improper installation of additional police accessories may cause multiple safety issues such as fuel leaks, reduction of braking ability and loss of electrical power to the engine, resulting in a stall. Also installation of police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow.the additional police wiring harness may chafe leading to a short, which may blow the main fuse. If the fuse blows, the engine may stall increasing the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will correct the electrical system problems, free of charge. Kawasaki has notified the affected police departments and will send trained factory personnel to the departments to repair the motorcycles. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. This campaign is an expansion of recall 12V-134. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Consumer Reports magazine has conducted their first ever motorcycle reliability survey and they say that a quarter of all Harley-Davidson owners reported experiencing a major problem with their motorcycle in the previous four years. BMW owners reported their motorcycles are even less reliable, with 33% of owners reporting problems in the previous four years. Japanese import owners reported fewer problems,.(10% or less)
The full report will be released tomorrow, March 28th. In the advance release of the report, no mention was made of responses from Triumph, Ducati, Victory or Indian owners.
Interestingly despite the higher percentage of owners reporting problems with their motorcycles, BMW and HD owners reported being the most satisfied with their motorcycles. An overwhelming number of Harley-Davidson owners, 75% told interviewers they would buy their bike again. BMW and Honda owners also reaffirmed their purchase at 74 and 72 percent respectively.
“Reliability is one of many factors consumers might consider when purchasing a motorcycle. However, other factors like sculpted lines and rumbling engines also strike the right note among motorcyclists,” said Rik Paul, Auto Editor, Consumer Reports.
Among the bikes that needed repairs, survey respondents reporting having the most trouble with accessories, such as lights, instruments, switches, and radios (21%), brakes (20%), the electrical system (16%), and the fuel system (15%). Fortunately, most repairs were fairly inexpensive. Three quarters cost less than $200 out-of-pocket.
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Vehicle Make/Model: Model Year(s):
Kawasaki / ZX1000JBFL 2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000JBL 2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBFL 2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBL 2011
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Mfr’s Report Date: July 07, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V363000
Component: Electrical System:Wiring
Summary: Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 Ninja ZX-10R/ZX-10R ABS (ZX1000JBF/KBF/KBFL) motorcycles. It is possible for a portion of the wiring harness to become pinched between the rear subframe and the bolt holding the seat cover. This can damage the harness and wiring and result in a short between wires and the frame or within wires, which could result in the engine stopping suddenly.
Consequence: If the motorcycle stalls while being ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.
Remedy: Dealers will repair the motorcycle as necessary, and reroute the main harness; free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 1-866-802-9381
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9152), or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV
Vehicle Make /Model: Yamaha/FJR1300 Model Year(s): 2006-2009
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011
Component: Electrical System: Wiring
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,850
Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 FJR1300 motorcycles manufactured from Feb. 2006, through March 2009. The ground joint connector of the wire harness could overheat and become deformed, possibly causing an intermittent ground wire connection. If the electrical system is not properly grounded, the ignition system and/ or other electrical components could malfunction, which could cause the engine to stall.
If the motorcycle stalls while being ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.
Yamaha dealer will install an additional wire sub-lead or, if ground joint connector has already been damaged from overheating, dealer will install a new main wire harness. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2011. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926
Owners may contact 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.SAFERCAR.GOV