January 2010 recall notices

Recalls for RSV4 and Super Sherpa

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 29, 2010
Aprilia announced a pending engine recall earlier this month, while Kawasaki issued a recall notice through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As previously reported, Aprilia has sent notices to dealers and customers of a pending recall for the RSV4 sportbike. Aprilia is performing a full engine swap on all RSV4 motorcycles shipped to the U.S. after identifying a component as falling short of quality standards. Aprilia has not publically identified the faulty component and no details have been published by the NHTSA as yet.

The European press launch of the Aprilia RSV4 was halted after five engines failed due to a bad batch of connecting rods. Are conrods to blame for the current engine recall?

Customers will be able to select from a list of dealerships that have completed RSV4 technical training. RSV4 owners are asked not to ride their machines until repairs are completed. Aprilia will provide free transportation on RSV4 motorcycles to dealerships for repairs.

Kawasaki issued a recall on 2009 Super Sherpa KL250G9F dual sport motorcycles. Kawasaki received reports of camshaft seizure after foreign debris restricted oil flow to the cylinder head.  An investigation determined the debris was the same material as plastic plugs used to mask areas during the painting process.

The 2009 Kawasaki Super Sherpa may suffer a camshaft seizure due to an oil blockage.

Dealers will inspect the oil system of affected units and repair the cylinder heads if necessary. Super Sherpa owners are asked to not use their bikes until repairs are completed. Kawasaki did not specify how many units are affected by the recall.

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