Honda is recalling 1,542 units of its 2012 Honda NC700X motorcycles for faulty outer drive plates on the bike chain drive, which was improperly heat-treated and could fracture during use. If a outer drive plates fracture, the NC700X could unexpectedly lose propulsion, which increases the risk of a crash and rider injury.
Honda will notify affected owners, and Honda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the drive chain free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on October 8, 2012. Concerned Honda NC700X owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870, and reference Honda recall campaign number S54. As always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.