April 2009 recall notices

Bridgestone, BMW, Buell, KTM and Kawasaki file notices

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 30, 2009
BMW, Buell, KTM and Kawasaki issued recall notices with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in April. Bridgestone also issued a recall notice for Triumph Rocket III Touring tires.

Bridgestone is recalling 1,018 Exedra G850G motorcycle tires which come standard on Triumph Rocket III Touring motorcycles. High levels of torque may cause the affected tires to degrade, resulting in inner liner cracking and a slow air leak. Affected tires may begin to vibrate at moderate speeds. This issue affects tires size 180/70R16 77H with DOT Tire Identification Number ENCEDAM.

Triumph dealers will replace the affected tires with Metzeler ME880 tires. The issue only affects rear tires but Triumph will replace both the front and rear tires.

Buell is recalling 2008 1125R sportbikes as well as the 2009 Firebolt XB12R and Ligtning XB12Scg. The front brake line of the affected motorcycles may come in contact with the front tire. Tire friction may wear a hole in the line, causing it to leak brake fluid and render the front brake ineffective.

Dealers will re-route the front brake line on the 2008 Buell 1125R so it won't come in contact with the tire.
A faulty electrical system on 2008 BMW R1200GS motorcycles may interfere with the ABS.

Buell dealers will re-route the front brake line to prevent contact with the tire. If the brake line has been damaged, Buell will also replace it at no charge. Potentially 3,316 motorcycles are affected by the recall notice.

KTM is recalling select 2009 690 Duke and 690 SMC Supermoto bikes because of a fault in the front forks. Fork inner tubes used in Dukes produced Dec. 11-12, 2008 and SMCs produced Dec. 10-12 did not receive proper heat treatment. The affected forks may develop cracks during use, causing the inner tube to separate from the axle clamp.

KTM dealers will inspect and replace front fork tubes at no charge to consumers. The recall affects 99 Dukes and 138 SMCs.

BMW is recalling 2008 R1200GS and R1200 GS Adventure motorcycles. The electrical systems on the affected motorcycles may emit signals which may interfere with the pressure sensor signals of the Anti-lock Brake System control unit. The interference may cause the ABS system to switch off. Normal braking would not be affected by the fault.

BMW dealers will inspect affected motorcycles and repair or replace the necessary components at no charge. BMW of North America did not specify how many motorcycles are affected by this recall notice.

Kawasaki is recalling certain aftermarket saddlebags sold for use on 2008 and 2009 KLE650 Versys motorcycles. The hard saddlebags, manufactured by Givi and sold as Kawasaki Genuine Accessories, may cover the rear side reflectors on the Versys. Obscured reflectors are a violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108.

The safety recall affects 546 sets of saddlebags. Kawasaki will install reflectors to the affected saddlebags to comply with Standard 108.