October 2008 recall notices

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 29, 2008
Ducati’s $72,500 Desmosedici RR headlines the list of recalls registered in October with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In total, over 8,000 motorcycles and scooters are affected by recall notices issued this month.

Ducati North America is recalling the 2008 Desmosedici RR because the fuel tank drain and breather hose clamps may not have been installed correctly. The fuel lines on the affected bikes may weaken and break due to this problem. Dealers will replace the fuel filler drain hose, fuel breather hose and hose clamps on the 289 bikes affected.

If you're one of the lucky few to own a Desmosedici RR you should contact a dealer to check your fuel lines.Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling 2008 KLR650 motorcycles because their turn signal stalks may break, resulting in the signal assembly hanging onto the motorcycle by the wire harness. Kawasaki says 5,804 of the motorcycles, bearing model codes KL650E8F and KL650E8FL, may be affected by this issue. Dealers will replace all four turn signal assemblies on the affected machines.

Piaggio U.S.A. is recalling model years 2006-2008 Aprilia Scarabeo 500 scooters due to a problem with Bitron fuel pumps and filters. The fuel hose connecting the filter to the pump and filter mounting flange may come loose, resulting in a drop or loss of fuel pressure which could cause the engine to stall. Dealers will install hose clamps to secure the fuel hoses at both ends of the fuel pump and fuel filter on the 850 scooters that may have this problem.

Buell dealers will replace the rear cam chain tensioner on the 2009 1125CR.Buell Motorcycle Co. is recalling 2008 1125R and 2009 1125CR motorcycles because of a fault in the rear cylinder cam chain tension guide. The tension guide (identified as part number F0020.1AM) may fail, causing plastic debris to block the oil pump screen which may lead to oil starvation and cause the engine to seize. Dealers will replace the rear cam chain tensioner on the 140 motorcycles that may be affected by this problem.

Buell is also recalling 2008-2009 Ulysses XB12XT and the 2009 XB12XP police bike due to a faulty windshield which may become dislodged. Buell dealers will replace the windshield fastener assemblies on the 624 motorcycles affected by this issue.

BMW of North America is recalling 2005-2006 HP2 Enduro bikes due to a problem with the suspension. The front threaded fastener of the paralever link may not loosen. Over time, this may lead to the fastener separating from its housing and affect the handling of the motorcycle. Dealers will replace the front threaded fasteners on the paralever links with an improved fastener. BMW says 365 motorcycles may be affected by this issue.