Indian Motorcycle has recalled its pre-Thunder Stroke 111/Polaris-built era Chiefs due to possible defective rear wheels.
The following 2009-2013 models from the Kings Mountain Era (built at the Kings Mountain, N.C., facility) may be affected: Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Bomber, Chief Roadmaster and Chief Vintage.
This recall does not include the 2014 Indian Chief lineup that was unveiled at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.
Indian reports the recalled motorcycles were manufactured from Dec. 10, 2008, through Nov. 1, 2012.
Indian Motorcycle says it has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about this issue and will provide notice to all registered owners of the affected Kings Mountain Indian motorcycles consistent with NHTSA regulations.
Indian Motorcycle will also issue a Safety Recall Bulletin to all Indian Motorcycle dealers with instructions required to replace the affected rear wheel assembly. Repairs will be made by any authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer at no cost to owners of the subject motorcycles. The company will notify affected customers when replacement parts are available.
Consumers affected by this announcement should visually inspect the rear motorcycle rim for cracks and check tire pressure prior to riding the motorcycle. If any cracks are found, the motorcycle should not be ridden until the rim is replaced, Indian Motorcycle says.
Affected consumers are also encouraged to contact their nearest dealer to schedule an appointment for the bulletin repair service when parts become available.
Additional information is available by visiting indianmotorcycle.com or by contacting Indian Motorcycle Consumer Service Department at (877) 204-3697.