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Indian Challenger Recalled for Insufficient Lube

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The Indian Motorcycle brand is recalling its newest creation, the Indian Challenger because the engine output shaft bearing may not have been sufficiently lubricated during the motorcycle’s assembly, which could possibly result in the bearing failing at a very low mileage.

This gets us to a recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because operating a motorcycle that was assembled with an improperly lubricated output shaft bearing may result in unintended or sudden deceleration, which may increase the risk of a crash.

In total, 616 units of the motorcycle are affected by this recall, which is the number of bikes that were determined not to have undergone a quality audit process, as they were built prior to the correction in assembly that provides sufficient initial lubrication.


Indian Challenger models not included this recall either underwent a quality audit or were built after the correction in assembly that provides the correct amount of initial lubrication to the engine output shaft.

To correct the issue, Indian will notify affected Challenger owners, and Indian dealers will lubricate the output shaft bearings on motorcycles with less than 50 miles on the odometer, free of charge.

Motorcycles with more than 50 miles will not require a repair, and can either be inspected by a dealer, or the owner can self-report the odometer reading directly to Indian. This recall is expected to begin in April 2020.

Concerned Indian Challenger owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-20-02. Note: Owners with an odometer reading of less than 50 miles are advised not to operate their motorcycle until it is repaired. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.

Source: NHTSA

Jensen Beeler

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