Kawasaki is recalling 4,170 units of its  ZX-10R motorcycle for an oil leak that may come out from the crankcase. The recall only affects 2011 & 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R models (ZX1000 JBF / JBFL / KBF / KBFL / JCF / JCFL / KCF / KCFL), and deals with leaking that occurs at the mounting point for the starter motor, which then causes the oil to pool at the top of the crankcase.

Kawasaki’s obvious intent with the recall is to address the possibility that the leak could increase the American market’s dependence on foreign oil, due to the needless amounts of petroleum that would be lost because of the leak. In addition to that hot-button topic, the issue of the oil dripping onto, or in front of, the rear tire is a serious safety concern, which is being addressed by Kawasaki’s recall since it could cause a lack of adhesion.

Kawasaki will notify owners affected by the defect, and Kawasaki dealers will remove the starter, and seal the crankcase free of charge, naturally. Expected to start shortly, concerned owners can contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381, and as always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov, reference NHTSA campaign #: 12V369000.

Source: NHTSA

  • MikeD

    What’s this ? A 1970’s H-D ?

    Seriously…good for them for getting this streightened out…besides, is not like we are talking about failing Con-Rod Bolts or anything like that here, right ? LOL.

  • AGP

    No, the con rods failed in the first recall, the one where all bikes were taken back from customers and sent to Japan. Remember?

    This is what… the 4th major recall on the latest gen ZX10? Come on… It’s getting rather embarrassing.

  • RobS

    Dear Kawasaki,

    My history= (7)Kawi’s since 1988, (1)Yam R1

    I was really excited about going back to Kawi in the next few weeks, and purchasing a new (red/blk) 2012 ZX10R.

    So to clarify, if I spend $14,000, on a 2012 ZX10R, I can have a mechanic drill out the 5 or 6 holes behind the starter…and they will fill it up with JB Weld or magic gasket..!? I don’t think so.

    Guess I might be picking up a new R1 in a few weeks instead of the ZX10R I was looking at.

    Thanks Kawasaki…where the good times roll my ass!!

    Very Disappointed,
    Rob S.