Recall News: Suzuki Recalls 2012-2016 DL650 V-Strom Motorcycles

Certain late-model V-Strom 650s may have a defective stator.

2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 recall
Suzuki is recalling 8,613 V-Strom 650 motorcycles to replace the stator.Photo: Suzuki
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: December 6, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V878000
Component(s): Electrical system
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,613
Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

THE RECALL: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2012-2016 DL650 V-Strom motorcycles manufactured from August 30, 2011, to October 12, 2015. In the affected motorcycles, the alternator stator may have insufficient heat resistance, resulting in a short circuit of the stator wires.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: A short circuit of the stator wires may prevent the battery from properly charging, causing an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-572-1490. Suzuki's number for this recall is 2A67.

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.