Victory Motorcycles Australia has cautiously recalled several 2015/16 models over noise emissions issues, even though “very few” may be affected.
The recall notice says noise levels “may not meet the regulatory requirements when the affected motorcycle is ridden under normal conditions”.
“The motorcycle may not meet noise emissions standard required by UN ECE R41, certified to ADR 83/00.”
Bikes affected are the 2015/16 Vegas, Hammer, Gunner, Judge, Highball, Jackpot and Boardwalk.
Customers should return their bikes to Victory Motorcycle dealers to have them checked and, if necessary, rectified for free.
Victory Motorcycles Australia and New Zealand country manager Peter Harvey says “very few, if any” customers may require modifications to their bike.
“There may be some bikes that have an incorrect airbag part fitted that can affect noise levels,” he says.
“All bikes we have checked locally so far are not affected but of course we do like to be on the front foot and if there are any bikes that do have the incorrect part fitted, we need to be aware and act appropriately.
“The check is a very simple visual look and if affected, the correct part takes very little time to fit.
“Customers have had letters sent to them advising them and what steps to take if required.”
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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