October 2009 recall notices

Three European marques and an American electric bike maker issued recalls

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 30, 2009
BMW, Ducati and Triumph issued recall notices with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration while Zero Motorcycles issued a recall notice with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

BMW issued a recall notice on the 2009 K1300GT and K1300S. The turn signal, emergency engine off/start switches on the K bikes may fail. According to documents BMW submitted to the NHTSA, the material used for the electrical pathways in the switches may develop micro-cracks under conditions such as large changes in temperature and humidity. Micro-cracks in the electrical pathways may disable the switches on the 2009 BMW K1300GT and K1300S.Such micro-cracks may render the switches inoperative and, in some cases, could cause the engine to stall.

Dealers will inspect and replace necessary components on the affected motorcycles. BMW did not provide an estimate to the number of motorcycles that may be affected, but did indicate the recall notice affects K1300S motorcycles produced between Oct. 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009, and K1300GT motorcycles produced between Nov. 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.

Ducati issued a recall notice for the 2009 1098R and 1198S and the 2010 Streetfighter. Improper clamp positioning may cause the fuel pump hose on the affected motorcycles to come loose, resulting in engine stalling and a fuel leak. Difficulty in starting the affected motorcycles may be an indication of a loose hose.

Authorized Ducati dealers will inspect and, if necessary, reposition the fuel hose retaining clamp on affected motorcycles. The recall affects 389 1198S, 117 1098R and 247 Streetfighter motorcycles.

Triumph issued a recall notice for the Sprint ST1050 from model years 2005-2009. The rear suspension drag link assembly on affected motorcycles may become corroded, possibly causing the drag link to fracture. A fractured drag link may cause the rear suspension to disconnect from the swingarm, drop, and cause the rear tire to contact the mudguard. Stiff or squeaking rear suspension may be a symptom of the problem.

Triumph redesigned the drag link for the Sprint ST1050.

Triumph has designed and tested a new drag link. Owners will be notified of the problem and Triumph will make the necessary repairs. According to Triumph, the recall notice affects 2,849 motorcycles but only 0.5% of them may encounter the problem.

Zero Motorcycles issued a recall notice with the CPSC on the 2009 Zero X and Zero MX. The throttles on the affected bikes can become stuck in the open position or become disconnected. In the electric bikes’ “Easy” or “0-25” modes, a stuck throttle may unexpectedly provide full power to the motor upon turning on the engine. Zero Motorcycles has received three reports of unexpected acceleration, with minor injuries suffered in one case.

 The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact Zero for repairs. The recall affects approximately 200 units.