Honda is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 CBR300R,CBR300RA (ABS) and CB300F motorcycles due to possible crankshaft failure. The recall could potentially involve 11,424 motorcycles, according to the notice documents.Honda reports that an improperly machined crankshaft may result in the failure of the connecting rod bearing retainer. If that failure should occur, the engine may stall unexpectedly, which could lead to a loss of control or crash.
Technical information related to the recall states, “The crankshaft may have been improperly machined, which increases the load on the connecting rod bearing. The increased load, combined with high pressure and speed on the connecting rod bearing retainer, may prematurely wear the plating of the connecting rod bearing retainer and, in the presence of blow-by gasses, cause it to corrode. The combination of these conditions can cause the connecting rod bearing retainer to prematurely wear or break.”According to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft assembly, free of charge.The recall is expected to begin August 31, 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KB9.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!