Kawasaki has the ignominious honour of issuing the most vehicle safety recalls last year with eight, ahead of Honda with seven, five for Ducati, Husqvarna and KTM, four for Triumph, three for Suzuki and BMW, two for Harley-Davidson and one each for Royal Enfield and Yamaha.
It’s a substantial change for Yamaha which last year “top scored” with eight recalls in 2020.
KTM Australia was the most affected importer with 12 recalls for the KTM, GasGas and Husqvarna motorcycles it imports into the country.
The Husqvarna 701 models were the most recalled this year with three recalls for various issues.
Other new models which hit the market and immediately had recalls were Harley’s new Pan America and the Ducati Multistrada V4.
Recalls this year ranged from the seemingly innocuous non-compliance issues (which may still cost owners with expensive defect notices) to dangerous matters of bake failures and engine stalling.
Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.