Indian Scout owners should do an urgent pre-ride inspection to ensure the brakes are working properly then take their bike straight to their dealership for an inspection.
Indian Motorcycle Australia has issued an urgent recall through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of all 2017-2018 Indian Scout, Scout 60 and Scout Bobber models with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS).
(See further down in this article for the full list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of affected bikes.)
The ACCC notice says:
Consumers may experience decreased brake performance resulting from the presence of air in the brake circuit. This may cause a soft brake lever/pedal feel and a decrease in brake performance. A decrease in brake performance may result in increased stopping distance which may increase the risk of a crash and/or injury.”
Owners are advised to contact their nearest authorised Indian Motorcycle dealer to schedule an appointment to have the recall repair performed. Repairs must be performed only by an authorised Indian Motorcycle dealer.
Urgent pre-ride check
Most importantly, riders should do the following urgent pre-ride inspection before riding the bike straight to the dealership:
Press down on the rear brake pedal. It should move freely and smoothly. The pedal should feel firm and continue to feel firm until released.
Release the pedal. It should return to its rest position quickly when released.
Repeat Pre-Ride Inspection for the front brake lever. Ensure the lever feels firm and that it returns to rest position quickly when released.
“If either the front or rear brake fails to perform as stated or travels too far before beginning to engage the brake, please contact your Indian Motorcycle dealer directly,” the notice says.
Indian Motorcycle has been plagued with a number of recalls over the past couple of years.
In January, the Roadmaster was recalled over wiring issues and all 111 Thunderstroke engined models have been recalled for a variety of issues from non-compliant halogen headlights to a fire dangers and even a “ghost in the machine” that started themselves.