December 2008 recall notices
Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Triumph issued recall notices
Ducati is recalling 2007-2008 models of the 1098, and the 2008-2009 versions of the 848 sportbikes due to a problem with the charging system. Engine heat may cause damage to the voltage regulator of the affected bikes, leading to battery discharge.
The recall affects 7,130 bikes including the 1098S, 1098R and 1098 Tricolore. Dealers will replace the voltage regulator and install a heat guard between it and the engine exhaust system. Dealers will also install a modified battery support. Motorcycles produced after May 2008 already feature these revisions.
Harley-Davidson is recalling 2009 Dyna motorcycles, including the Super Glide, Super Glide Custom, Street Bob, Fat Bob and Low Rider. The affected motorcycles, produced July 24 through August 28, may have faulty welds on the jiffy stand’s spring anchor. The defect may prevent the stands from properly retracting. Harley-Davidson says 3,285 motorcycles may be affected by this problem.
Harley-Davidson also issued a second recall notice for 2009 Super Glide Custom, Street Bob, Fat Bob and Low Rider motorcycles because of a fault with the fuel tank vent tube assembly. An ultrasonic weld on the anti-slosh valve of the assembly may be defective. A fuel leak may occur if the valve separates and the affected motorcycle is tipped over. Harley-Davidson says 349 motorcycles, built July 22-25, are included in the recall notice.
Dealers will replace the jiffy stand spring anchors on the 3,285 motorcycles affected by the jiffy stand defect. Dealers will also inspect the fuel vent tube assembly on bikes included in the second recall notice.
Kawasaki is recalling 2008 Concours 14 motorcycles due to a problem with the rear brakes. Road debris may get trapped between the rear brake pedal and the rear master cylinder actuating arm, preventing the pedal from fully releasing. This could cause the rear brake to overheat and may leading to rear brake lock-up or failure.
Kawasaki has yet to provide a remedy for this problem, but will reimburse customers who experience this problem if the failure was not already covered by warranty. Kawasaki says 4,628 motorcycles are affected by this problem.
Triumph is recalling 2008-2009 Thruxton motorcycles due to a problem with the front brake. Bolts installed on the front brake caliper bracket may be too short. When undoing the bolts for service, the mating threads on the caliper mounting may become damaged, potentially causing the brake caliper to come loose. Riders may notice a “clunk” noise when applying the front brake if they have this problem.
Triumph will replace the bolts on the 87 Thruxtons covered by the recall notice.
Triumph also issued a recall notice on 2008 Rocket III Touring motorcycles due to a problem with the saddlebag assembly. The affected bikes may be missing a weld on the back of the pannier rail supporting the bags. After time, the pannier rail may weaken and fracture, causing the saddlebags to fall off. The recall notice affects eight motorcycles,
Dealers will replace the pannier rail on the affected motorcycles.