Indian Motorcycles, a company attempting a comeback on American roads, was dealt a setback this week. According to Motorcycle News, Indian has recalled 18,367 bikes in the United States alone due to excessive exhaust temperatures and a risk of fire. It is unclear if the recall will extend outside of the U.S.
The recall affects six models in Indian’s range; they are the Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Roadmaster, Vintage, Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse. Indian Corp. will contact owners of the affected bikes and carry out the work, which requires updating the engine software.
According to Car and Bike, an NDTV venture, the fault lies in the ignition system. There is a possibility that un-burnt fuel might pass through the exhaust system during a misfire. This, in turn, could lead a potential fire risk if the exhaust temperature increases beyond safe limits.
This recall comes on the heels of an Indian Motorcycle recall less than a year ago. In Nov. 2015 a recall was issued due to faulty rear brakes. The master cylinder piston assembly on selected bikes in the Chief family of models was found to be sub-standard. Only 7,611 U.S. machines were affected by that recall. An additional 700+ bikes on European Union roads were recalled for the same issues.
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Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings