Recall News: KTM 1290 Super Adventure Motorcycles May Have a Defective Rear Shock

1,238 KTM 1290 Super-A ADVs are on the recall list for a rear shock that may be leaking.

2015-2016 KTM 1290 Super Adventure recall
2015-2016 KTM 1290 Super Adventure ADV motorcycles are on the recall list for a potentially defective rear shock.©Motorcyclist
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: May 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V279000
Component(s): Suspension
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,238
Manufacturer: KTM North America, Inc.

THE RECALL: KTM North America, Inc. (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles manufactured from December 1, 2014, to December 11, 2015. These motorcycles have a rear shock absorber that may leak oil from the rebound damping plug, resulting in a loss of shock function.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: Loss of function of the rear shock may affect the handling of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

KTM Super ADV recall
Click here for more on the KTM 1290 Super Adventure in our Long-Term tests.©Motorcyclist

THE FIX: KTM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rebound damping plug for leaking and replace the shock absorber, as necessary, and install a new version of the suspension control unit software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM's number for this recall is TB1611.

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