Kawasaki has issued a recall of its 2011 and 2012 Ninja ZX-10R supersport bikes over an oil leak. The joint where the starter mounts to the crankcase is susceptible to oil leakage, which can lead to oil pooling onto the crankcase and then spilling onto the rear tire.

There are 4,170 bikes affected by the recall. Kawasaki will notify owners "shortly," at which time they can take their motorcycles to the dealer to have the crankcase resealed free of charge. There's a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration below with more details.
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Report Date: August 12, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V369000

Vehicle Model Year / Make / Model: 2011-2012 KAWASAKI ZX-10R
Manufacturer: KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 31, 2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,170

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 ZX-10R (ZX1000JBF/JBFL/KBF/KBFL/JCF/JCFL/KCF/KCFL) 'NINJA' motorcycles. Engine oil may leak from the crankcase at the starter mounting point and pool on top of the crankcase. Continued use in this condition can allow oil to spill over onto the rear tire.

Consequence:
If oil spills onto the rear tire, there is an increased risk of a crash, leading to personal injury or death.

Remedy:
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will remove the starter and seal the crankcase, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.

Notes:
Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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      crzydavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't do safety recalls on rice rockets, trust me these are people that society will not miss. You would actually be doing us a service by allowing them to perish and removing them from the gene pool.
        mike.mor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        It's people like you who should be removed from society or better yet, never been born !
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        Look at how dumb you sound.
        michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        Your name certainly fits you. When you finally get released and back into society, keep up with the meds.
        Nate & Ann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        crzydavy thats a shitty thing to say bout us its people like u society wont miss thats prob why your so cold hearted no one loves you, your mom shouldve swallowed u it would have been easier on ur family when she left u for me and my rice rocket. but the again thats why your saying this online and not to a person ona bike cause i promise u wont have a tooth in your mouth to chew food
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        Dumb troll is dumb. News at 11.
      LARGEHUMAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Harley recalled all it's bikes that leak oil that would pretty much be all of them ................
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LARGEHUMAN
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      Nate & Ann
      • 2 Years Ago
      crzydavy thats a shitty thing to say bout us its people like u society wont miss thats prob why your so cold hearted no one loves you, your mom shouldve swallowed u it would have been easier on ur family when she left u for me and my rice rocket. but the again thats why your saying this online and not to a person ona bike cause i promise u wont have a tooth in your mouth to chew food
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Sasha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha, I had this happen once (due to my own error) while I was passing on the white line between two semis on the interstate through Oakland. Pulled the throttle open, was approaching 80 when my oil dumped out all over my rear tire and I started fishtailing inches between the two semi trailers on either side of me. How am I still alive? I honestly don't know. Talk about counting your blessings!
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should recall that hideous exhaust system while they're at it. Kawasaki certainly isn't the only culprit in that department, but that ruins the looks of an already questionable looking bike.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure how that was your own error other than you were the one riding your bike at the time. But passing between two vehicles as you describe is asking for it anyway let alone being illegal in most states.
        Pswag115
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Lane splitting is legal in Ca.
        Sasha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        It was my own error because I'm the damn fool who hadn't properly torqued the oil plug! I straight fell out, I was riding back from doing an oil change. Was in a hurry trying to fit the whole thing in on my lunch break from work. Yes, it was very, very much my fault. Yes, I was very, very lucky. Talk about nine lives...
      Radwon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt they actually leak. Kawasaki is just saying that they do to get the 'Livin' the dream' club to buy their bikes. :P
      • 2 Years Ago
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