About 803 of Kawasaki’s latest revised Ninja – the 2016 ZX-10R – has been recalled due to possible bolt breakage.Kawasaki says that certain model 2016 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10R ABS motorcycles may have been manufactured with over-tightened steering damper bracket mounting bolts, which are at the risk of breaking.
Kawasaki says the affected motorcycles – models ZX1000RGFAL, ZX1000RGFL, ZX1000SGFAL and ZX1000SGFL – were manufactured Oct. 28, 2015, to Jan. 18, 2016.Read our 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Review.Kawasaki says if the steering damper bracket mounting bolts break, the steering damper bracket would detach and could interfere with steering the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering damper bracket mounting bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 29, 2016. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC16-03.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit SaferCar.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!