Suzuki expects recall over chain issue

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Suzuki Motorcycles Australia is expected to join a global recall of various models of GSX-R1000 over a fault that could snap the chain.

Spokesman Lewis Croft says their service department will be publishing some information on the Government Recall Website soon about the recall.

“My understanding is the condition is whereby a rider can accidentally get a false neutral between 1st and 2nd and if they keep the throttle open they can slam it into second causing a mass of load on the transmission which may result in the chain to possibly break or come off,” he says.

When the official recall is announced, we will update this article with a complete VIN list of affected bikes.

However, the global recall notice says it affects 2017-2018 GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000A, GSX-R1000RA, and GSX-R1000RZA motorcycles.

Suzuki is expected to notify owners to have their bikes inspected by authorised dealers who may replace the Engine Control Module (ECM), and inspect and replace the drive chain and sprockets, as necessary, free of charge.

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 chain issue
2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000


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.

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

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