Indian Motorcycle has issued a worldwide recall of 7611 Chief and Roadmaster models over a potential rear brake failure.
Models affected are the 2015-2016 Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and 2016 Dark Horse motorcycles manufactured from January 2, 2015, to October 23, 2015.
The problem with the rear brake master cylinder could lead to a reduction or complete loss of brake power.
Indian is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the rear brake master cylinder piston assembly, free of charge.
Both Indian and Victory are very proactive on recalls and, in Australia, models are often fixed even before they are sold.
Country manager Peter Harvey says customer notification letters have already been sent.
“Any units in our inventory are being rectified prior to sale as per our standard practice,” he says.
“There were a few customers on the (Indian Motorcycle Riders Group) ride on Sunday that we provided demo bikes to and they left their bikes at the dealership to collect once the rectification is complete.”
Recall notices are issued by the manufacturer through a voluntary industry code under the ACCC.
Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, none has ever been mandatory. All have been issued by the manufacturer.
While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.
If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
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