Kawasaki has issued a global recall for its pocket-sized, adult-fun Z125 Pro motorcycle over a leaking shock problem.
The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission voluntary recall says the sealing performance of the oil seal of the rear shock absorber “may be insufficient due to using improper grease during the shock absorber manufacturing process”.
“The rear shock absorber may fail due to oil leaking which could potentially cause an accident.”
The Z125 Pro models affected were sold from April 21 to June 24, 2016.
Kawasaki Australia will advise customers with affected units by mail to contact their local authorised Kawasaki dealership to book in their motorcycle for a free repair.
The pocket-sized adult-fun market has taken off since the 125cc Honda Grom hit the market this year. More models from other manufacturers will follow from Benelli and CFMoto.
The Grom created a new sector of hipsters who wanted something nimble and fun that made a statement.
The 2017 model year Kawasaki Z125 Pro is priced at $4099 plus on-road costs which is $100 more than the $3990 introductory offer of the Grom.
Like the Grom, it’s an edgy, sporty little bike and despite its size and 78cm seat, it should fit most adult riders.
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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