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

Kawasaki Recalls Tire Tubes

Vehicle Make/Model: Kawasaki/VN900D                                                            Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.                                                      Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 02, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V313000                                                          NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Tires:Tube

Potential Number of Units Affected: 436

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 VN900D, Vulcan Classic LT, Motorcycles. The tire inner tubes have been pinched during the mounting of the tires. Damage to the inner tubes could result in loss of air pressure.

Consequence:
Loss of the air pressure could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace any damaged tubes free of charge , The Safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. 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 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Honda Recalls Bank Angle Sensors

Vehicle Make / Model:      Honda / VT750                                                                          Model Year(s):  2010-2011

Manufacture: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)                                                        Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 01, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V310000                                                                        NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Electrical System

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,020

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 VT705 Motorcycles produced from June 25, 2009, to March 28, 2011, the bank of angle sensor may be incorrectly manfactured created the possibility of an erroneous reading which could cause the engine to stall.

Consequence:
An engine stall, while the motorcycle is being operated, may increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Honda will replace the affected bank angle sensors, the recall is estimated to begin on June 20, 2011. Owners may contact Honda Motorcycle Customer Service at 1-866-784-1870.

Notes:
Honda’s Safety Recall No. R80 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

KTM Recalls Steering Components

Vehicle Make/Model:                                                                     Model Year(s):
Husaberg/ FE 570S                                                                      2011
Husaberg/ FS 570                                                                         2011
KTM/ 450 EXC                                                                                2011
KTM/ 530 EXC                                                                                2011
KTM/ 690 Enduro R                                                                     2010-11
Manufacturer: KTM North America, Inc                                     Mfr’s Report Date: May 10, 2011
NHTSA Camaign ID Number: 11V300000                                NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: Steering: Wheel and Handlebar
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,228
Summary: KTM is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 motorcycles manufactured from November 2009 through November 23, 2010. Due to improper hear treatment, the handlebar clamps develop cracks, allowing the handlebar to move from its set position.
Remedy: Authorized KTM dealers will replace the defective clamps for free of charge. The Safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090 for assistance.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Administrative Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9253),  or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV