Kawasaki Recalls Late-Model Z900 Motorcycle For Possible Rear Suspension Defect

Rear shock absorber tie-rod frame mount holes can become elongated on certain bikes

Kawasaki recalls 2017-2018 Z900 motorcycle
Kawasaki is recalling certain Z900 motorcycles from the 2017–2018 model year (2018 shown here) for an issue with the rear suspension.Kawasaki

The following motorcycle recall report is filed with the NHTSA:
Report Receipt Date: November 8, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V703000
Component(s): Suspension
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,383
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

THE RECALL: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2017–2018 ZR900AH, ZR900BH, and ZR900BJ motorcycles. The rear shock absorber tie-rod frame mount holes can become elongated if the rear shock absorber bottoms out, affecting the operation of the shock absorber.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the rear shock absorber does not function properly, it can increase the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: KMC will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie-rod mounting hole and replace the bracket or frame depending on the extent of the elongation of the tie-rod mounting hole, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact KMC customer service at 1-866-802-9381. KMC's number for this recall is MC17-04.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: 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 safercar.gov.

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