Triumph to Fix Labels on Trophy Models

2013 TrophyTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2013 Trophy motorcycles manufactured from September 5, 2012, through November 29, 2012. These motorcycles were produced with a label bearing incorrect tire data which fails to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars,” and they fail to comply with the certification requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, none of the 244 recalled units have been sold to consumers so no owner notification letter will be mailed out.  However, if you just purchased a 2013 Triumph Trophy, you are urged to return to the dealership and have these stickers replaced.


KTM Recalls Dirt Bikes For Faulty Fuel Hoses

KTM is recalling 1,181 EXC-F and EXC models for potential fuel line problems

KTM North America, Inc.’s (KTM) is recalling (1,181 units)  2012 and 2013 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC motorcycles manufactured from September 2011 through August 2012. Due to the supplier’s manufacturing inconsistencies, the preformed fuel hoses may develop cracks or holes at either end. During use, the fuel hoses, located between the fuel tank and the throttle body fuel rail, may allow fuel to leak. The fuel may leak onto the rear tire while the motorcycle is being ridden, increasing the risk of a crash. It is also possible that, in the presence of an ignition source, a fire can occur. KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective fuel hoses free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early December 2012. Owners may contact KTM Customer relations at 1-888-985-6090. 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.

Largest Honda Dealer in the US Under Investigation

Southern Honda Powersports, the largest Honda dealer with locations in Tennessee and Florida is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office for allegedly selling unsafe motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, according to a report out today in USA Today.    The report says a consultant and former employee, along with 9 other employees all say the dealership sold bikes that were under recall, (without fixing them first) and employees did not have the training to assemble the ATV’s and motorcycles the dealer sold to the public.

The reports says  that there are potentially 25,000 vehicles that are in customers possessions that are potentially unsafe.

The owner, Tim Kelly, says there “is no substance” to the’ allegations, and says alleged assembly problems are “utter balderdash.”

Read the USA Today story here

BMW RECALLS K1200 MODELS FOR BRAKE ISSUE

2007-2008 BMW K series sport models, R, R- Sport, and S are being recalled to fix a potential foaming issue with the front brake reservoir.

BMW is recalling 2,062 K1200 sport motorcycles for an issue with the front brake fluid reservoir.  According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Department, BMW says model year 2007-2008 K1200S, K1200R and K1200R Sport models need to be retrofitted with a screen insert in the front brake fluid reservoir to prevent the fluid from foaming under certain riding conditions.   BMW safety experts say that if the brake fluid foams, there will be reduced brake capability at the front wheel which could result in a crash.  he front brake fluid reservoir will be retrofitted with a screen insert, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during November 2012. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

Kawasaki Recalls 2011 ZX1000 Wiring

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

 

 

Honda Recalls Rear Brake Reservoir For ST1300

Vehicle Make / Model: Honda / ST1300

Honda / ST1300A
Honda / ST1300PA

Model Year(s): 2008-2010
2008-2010
2009

Manufacture: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Mfr’s Report Date: July 11, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V356000        NHTSA Action Number:N/A

Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Component:Hoses,Lines/Piping, and Fittings

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,232

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300 motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2007, through may 27, 2010, model year 2008 through 2010 ST1300A motorcycles manufactured from Nov.7, 2007, through April 6, 2010, and model year 2009 ST1300A Police motorcycles, manufactured from Nov. 18, 2008, through Dec. 8, 2009. When the rear suspension of the motorcycle is repeatedly bottomed out (fully compressed) the rear brake reservoir hose mat become damaged and leak fluid.

Consequence:
The rider will experience a loss of rear brake performance or function which increases the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealer will replace the rear brake reservior hose free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before July 26, 2011. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009

Notes:

Honda safety recall NO. R86. Owners may also 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

American Motorcyclist Association Raises Questions About New Federal Transportation Bill

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking some pointed questions related to motorcycling priorities following a news conference by a powerful U.S. House committee chairman.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, held a news conference on July 7 to roll out some of the priorities that he intends to include in his forthcoming proposed national transportation bill. If it is introduced, approved by the full Congress and signed into law by the president, the bill would guide federal transportation spending for the next six years.

Mica’s proposal would spend only $230 billion, far less than the $566 billion sought by President Obama’s administration.

In a letter to Mica dated July 11, AMA Washington Representative Rick Podliska outlined the AMA’s position on a variety of issues crucial to motorcyclists and asked several questions in light of the proposed spending cuts.

For example, Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposal would: bar states from using federal funds for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints; continue to prohibit lobbying at the state level by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); continue to designate funds for motorcycle rider education and awareness programs; and continue the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) which uses a modest amount of the revenue collected from fuel taxes paid by off-highway riders to help pay for state trail projects.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman has previously stated that abolishing the RTP program would effectively create a tax increase on off-highway riders (OHV) because the RTP funds would no longer be designated for a program that benefits motorized users.

Podliska also noted that Mica, during his news conference, discussed “performance measures” as a way to improve state highway safety efforts. Podliska asked whether performance measures would be applied to states with high motorcycle crash rates so that those states would be required to spend more federal funding to reduce the number of crashes.

In addition, Podliska wrote that Mica appeared to be pushing for more public-private partnerships. Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposals would, for example, require private companies operating public roads to continue to allow motorcycles to use those roads.

To read the letter, click here:http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Federal/7_11_11_Chairman_Mica_MC_Priorities_Letter.sflb.ashx?download=true

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Polaris Recalls Kingpin & Jackpot Backrest

Vehicle Make/ Model: Victory / Jackpot

Victory / Kingpin

Model Year(s): 2006-2011
2004-2011

Manufacture: Equipment

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,688

Summery:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 Victory Kingpin Motorcycles and model year 2006-2011 Victory Motorcycle manufactured from Jan. 1, 2004, through May 1, 2011, equipped with accessory seats, part numbers 2876641-01 seat, KIngpin Touring, double backrest and part number 2875961-01, Jackpot Touring w/backrest. The backrest support can seperate from the motorcycle while in use.

Consequences:
The passenger can be injured or fall from the motorcycle should this occur.

Remedy:
Victory will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected seats free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before August 30, 2011

Notes:
Owners may also 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

Yamaha Recalls 2011 FJR1300 Brake Switch

 

Vehicle Make / Model: Yamaha / FJR1300      Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA           Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V340000      NHTSA Action Nmber: N/A

Component: Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected:260

Summary:
Yamaha is recalling certain model year 201 FJR1300 motorcycles manufacuted from Jan. 2011 through April 2011. The brake light may not illuminate when the front brake lever is applied because the activating mechanism in the front brake switch can bind.

Consequence:
When th motorcycle operator applies only the brake, the brake light may not come on to alert other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Yamaha dealers will install a new front brake switch free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2011. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926

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

 

Yamaha Recalls FJR1300 Electrical Wiring System

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

Summary:
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.

Consequences:
If the motorcycle stalls while being ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.

Remedy:
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

Notes:
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