Sunday, January 25, 2009

American Suzuki Recalling 2005-2006 GSX-R1000s For Frame Bracing, Replacement Or Reimbursement

American Suzuki has launched a voluntary safety recall on 2005 and 2006 model year GSX-R1000s.

This week American Suzuki sent out letters to registered owners of the affected models, informing them that:

“Suzuki has received reports of cracking or breakage of the motorcycle frame in certain extreme situations where unusually high stress is placed on the frame, such as collisions involving the front wheel/fork assembly.

“Suzuki has also received reports of cracking or breakage of the frame behind and below the steering neck when the motorcycle is subjected to repeated hard landings from hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts...If the frame becomes broken during this type of extreme use, a crash could occur.

“While ordinary operation of the motorcycle does not create a risk of cracking or breakage of the frame, Suzuki has decided voluntarily to conduct this Safety Recall to minimize the potential for frame cracking or breakage in the circumstances described above.”

The recall notice goes on to state that owners of these GSX-R1000s should contact their local Suzuki dealer and schedule an appointment to have their frame inspected. If the frame is not cracked, an aluminum reinforcement brace weighing less than two pounds will be fitted with bolts and epoxy adhesive below the frame spar and below and behind the steering head. The service takes three hours to do, but the bike must remain at the dealership overnight for the epoxy to set completely.

If the frame is found to be cracked it will be replaced with a new frame already fitted with the reinforcing brace.

“To reassure your confidence in your Suzuki GSX-R1000, Suzuki will provide a five-year warranty on your frame and the frame reinforcement brace beginning on the date of the installation by your dealer,” read the notice. “If your motorcycle is included in the Safety Recall and you have paid for the repair or replacement of the frame due to cracking or breakage of the frame in the relevant area, you may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement.”

“We’re recognizing that in spite of unwarranted behavior or use that is not designed into this motorcycle this, in very rare instances, has occurred,” Glenn Hansen, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Communications Manager, Motorcycle/ATV Division, told Friday.

Hansen said approximately “half of one percent” of 2005-2006 GSX-R1000s shipped worldwide have been affected by this problem.

“We just want to make sure people are aware of what can happen, and we’re taking the necessary precautions to continue to provide a safe product,” Hansen added.

Asked if an owner was eligible if their frame was cracked or broken in a crash during a sanctioned race or track day event, Hansen said, “It’s still eligible.”

Owners are advised to contact their local Suzuki dealer first but if they need further assistance they can call ASMC Customer Service Department at (714) 572-1490.




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