Record motorcycle safety recalls in 2021

There were official 46 safety recalls of motorcycles in Australia in 2021, the highest number monitored since 2009 and significantly more than the previous high of 37 in 2018.

There were only 28 motorcycle recalls in Australia last year, one more than the previous year which was the lowest number in seven years.

There were 37 in 2018, 28 in 2017, 39 in 2016, 30 in 2015, 28 in 2014, 20 in 2013, 24 in 2012, 16 in 2011, 14 in 2010 and 23 in 2009.

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.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

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.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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