3 of 2013's Largest Motorcycle Recalls

Ride a motorcycle and you're five times as likely to get hurt in a traffic accident as your buddy who drives a car. Ride a motorcycle and you're 30 times as likely as a passenger car occupant to die in an accident (over an equivalent number of miles traveled). These are the findings of a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report on vehicle safety, which points out that even if injuries from motorcycle-related accidents are on the decline, bikes still remain one of the more dangerous means of transportation around.

(We're still awaiting confirmation of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follow-up report that the NHTSA study sparked an increase in the frequency of heart attacks among mothers of boys who insist on riding motorcycles.)

Ride safe
Careful riding habits can improve your odds of avoiding or surviving a crash. But given the statistics, it's important for bikers to control every variable they can. That all starts with making sure the machine you're riding on is safe in the first place. Here's our 2013 rundown of the three biggest motorcycle recalls of the year:

Kawasaki 

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

In August, NHTSA announced a recall of up to 11,097 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles manufactured between July 16, 2012, and April 27, 2013. According to the agency, "an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit" could cause the motorcycle to stall when decelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.

Indian Motorcycles 

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Smaller in scale -- but bigger in significance for a company that's trying to relaunch the Indian brand -- was the August recall of some 861 Indian 2009 Deluxe and Standard motorcycles, 2009-2011 Roadmasters, 2009-2013 Vintages, 2010 Bombers, 2010-2013 Classics and Dark Horses, and 2011 Blackhawk Dark and Blackhawk models. Polaris Industries' (NYSE: PII  ) Indian Motorcycles division recalled 'em all in September.

NHTSA warned of potential problems with the rear rims on certain Indian Motorcycles bikes, which "may crack and cause a loss of air pressure." The anticipated number of recalls was small, but citing difficulty in identifying which specific bikes might be affected by the defect, Indian urged owners of all bikes from the model years cited to bring them into the shop for examination and, if necessary, repair.

Harley-Davidson 

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Finally, the big recall story of the year was Harley-Davidson's (NYSE: HOG  ) October surprise announcement that 29,000 model-year 2014 motorcycles may have a problem with their hydraulic clutch systems. The recall encompasses 25,185 Touring motorcycles and 3,861 Softail Custom Vehicle Operations and Trikes built between May 3 and Oct. 14, 2013.

As the company explained: "Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a condition in which the hydraulic clutch system may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch," making it difficult to slow or stop the vehicle, and potentially causing an accident. The company issued an official "Do Not Deliver" notice to its dealers, and told owners "Do Not Ride" -- promising to pick up the bikes and deliver them to the dealers for inspection and repair, at no cost to owners.

Now that's what we call service.

Quality builds a brand. Brand builds a stock
Want to figure out how to profit on business analysis like this? The key is to learn how to turn business insights into portfolio gold by taking your first steps as an investor. Those who wait on the sidelines are missing out on huge gains and putting their financial futures in jeopardy. In our brand-new special report, "Your Essential Guide to Start Investing Today," The Motley Fool's personal finance experts show you what you need to get started, and even gives you access to some stocks to buy first. Click here to get your copy today -- it's absolutely free.

 

 
 
 

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2776122, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 12/19/2014 4:16:20 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement