American Suzuki is recalling 73,426 motorcycles built between July 2007 and September 2009 for an electrical fault. The problem is insufficient adhesion between the power module and the rectifier case, which allows heat to build up and deform the circuit board. That can mean the module will release uncontrolled current, causing the battery to drain.

Suzuki is replacing the part free of charge on affected models.

In the paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Suzuki said it first recognized the issue in 2008, and tried to solve the problem with its parts supplier before issuing a recall. It reopened its investigation last September after receiving more than 180 reports of failure from its American dealers.

The recall affects the following models: 2008-2009 Burgman 400, 2008-2009 V-Storm 1000, 2008-2009 Bandit 1250, 2008-2009 GSX-R600, 2008-2009 GSX-R750, 2008 B-King, 2008-2010 Hayabusa, 2008-2010 GSX650F, 2009 SFV650, 2008-2010 VL800, 2008-2010 VLR1800, 2008-2010 VZ1500.

[Source: Motorcycle.com, NHTSA]

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