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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Recall

It's been a very short journey for the 2016 model year Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, and the first recall has just been announced by the manufacturer and the NHTSA. The problem is not a dramatic one, but needed addressing, as the defect can indeed increase the risk of a crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the bolts that keep the steering damper bracket affixed to the bike may have been overtightened and might break under certain conditions.

The defect was only detected in the 2016 model year bikes, and Kawasaki reports that 804 motorcycles are expected to pay a visit to authorized dealers in the US alone. However, we reckon that this is a global issue, so the overall number of bikes affected by the recall will be larger.

Kawasaki superbike models ZX1000RGFAL, ZX1000RGFL, ZX1000SGFAL, and ZX1000SGFL manufactured between October 28, 2015, and January 18, 2016, are to have the bolts securing the steering damper bracket replaced free of charge. The model list includes the KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) versions of the Ninja ZX-10R.

In certain circumstances, the steering damper bracket may become loose or even detach completely from the motorcycle, with good odds of interfering with the steering of the bike and causing a crash.

Kawasaki will notify the customers and the recall campaign was initiated as of February 29, 2016. Kawasaki USA can be reached at 1-866-802-9381, and customers who want to find out more info about these bikes should also mention the internal recall number MC16-03.

The new ZX-10R machines are heavily updated underneath the fairing, having undergone modifications that improved the chassis geometry, brake system, and have new suspensions. Also, titanium exhaust can be found on the upgrades list, alongside a larger airbox and filter, and new throttle valves.

At the same time, the entire electronic package was also improved, with new specs for the Sport Kawasaki Traction Control, intelligent ABS, an electronic steering damper, a new IMU, and engine brake, quick shifter and launch control systems.

Source: autoevolution

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