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Friday, December 11, 2015

Honda VFR 1200 Recall!

I don't think anyone likes the word "Recall" when it comes to consumer goods.  However, it is a good thing when a company realizes there is a problem and set about fixing the problem.  American Honda Motor Company has seen a problem and issued a recall for 2010-2013 VFR 1200 motorcycles.
My 2012 VFR 1200
I have enjoyed my 2012 VFR since June of 2014 (purchased it new with only 3 miles on it).  After 11,000 miles I posted by review of the VFR.  Since then I have put another 9,000 miles on the bike including a Ride Smart Track day.
2014 summer trip - rode US 129 a.k.a. The Dragon with my son
The VFR has performed great in the mountains of Tennessee/North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado and New Mexico as well as on the roads in Texas.  But, I hate to think of how this problem came to the attention of Honda!  Pretty scary to consider the results of the malfunction.

Below is the recall/ stop sale announcement from Honda on the www.powersports.honda.com website:

SUMMARY:

AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC. (HONDA) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2012-2013 VFR1200F/FD MOTORCYCLES. THE DRIVESHAFT UNIVERSAL JOINT BEARING MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ASSEMBLED AND, EVEN IF PROPERLY ASSEMBLED, MAY NOT HAVE SPECIFIED DURABILITY AS THE RESULT OF MANUFACTURING ERRORS.

SAFETY RISK:

IF THE UNIVERSAL JOINT SEPARATES, DRIVE FORCE WILL BE LOST; IF THE UNIVERSAL JOINT BREAKS, IT IS POSSIBLE IT MAY INTERFERE WITH THE SWING ARM AND LOCK THE REAR WHEEL WHILE RIDING. EITHER OUTCOME INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.

REMEDY:

HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS. AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVESHAFT, FREE OF CHARGE. WHILE AMERICAN HONDA EXPECTS TO RECEIVE THE FIRST SHIPMENTS OF THE REMEDY PARTS IN LATE 2015 TO EARLY 2016, CUSTOMERS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF THE DEFECT BEFORE THE REMEDY PARTS ARE AVAILABLE CAN BRING THEIR VEHICLE TO A HONDA MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIP FOR INSPECTION. IF THE DRIVESHAFT FAILS THE INSPECTION, THE DRIVESHAFT WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW PRE-COUNTERMEASURE PART, FREE OF CHARGE; THE CUSTOMER WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN TO HAVE THE DRIVESHAFT REPLACED WITH A REMEDY PART ONCE PARTS ARE AVAILABLE. ONCE PARTS ARE AVAILABLE, HONDA DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVESHAFT ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES WITH A REMEDY PART, FREE OF CHARGE.

Honda will replace driveshaft once the replacement parts are manufactured and delivered.  In the mean time riders have to decide how to handle the situation.

Personally my VFR 1200 is staying parked.  I guess I will put some miles on the 2005 VStrom 650.  Sure glad I bought the VStrom in May.


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