Honda is recalling 1,825 Honda VFR1200F (2010 & 2012-2013 model year) motorcycles for a faulty universal joint in the driveshaft, which may have been manufactured or assembled incorrectly.
Because of the defect, the driveshaft’s universal joint bearings may prematurely wear, which can cause the universal joint to separate or break.
As you can imagine, if the universal joint separates, it could cause the motorcycle to stall. Even worse, if the universal joint breaks all-together, it could interfere with the swingarm, which could lock the rear wheel. Both scenarios create a safety issue, and thus a recall has been issued.
American Honda will affected owners, and Honda dealers will replace the driveshaft free of charge. This recall was expected to start in December 2015, however parts may not be available until mid-2016.
Concerned VFR1200F owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is JW2. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.