Attention owners of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycles from the 2016 thru 2018 model yeas, as news has come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that roughly 4,000 of these machines might have issues with their gearboxes.
According to the recall, a high impact force can cause the transmission gears to break during shifting – specifically the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears in the gearbox.
First discovered in the Thai market, Kawasaki found upon further investigation that the strength of these gears was not sufficient, and could break under excessive force. As such, two warranty claims in the US have already been made for this issue.
An important safety concern, if the the gears break in the transmission it is possible that the rider could lose control of the motorcycle and crash, thus a recall was ordered by Kawasaki.
To fix the issue, Kawasaki USA will notify affected owners, and Kawasaki dealers will replace the 2nd, 3rd, 4th output gears and the 2nd input gear, free of charge. This recall is expected to start tomorrow, February 15th, 2018.
Concerned ZX-10R/ZX-10RR owners may contact Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. customer service at 1-866-802-9381, and reference Kawasaki’s number for this recall, which is MC18-01.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov