KTM North America has issued a recall notice through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for all 2014 model year 1290 Super Duke R motorcycles manufactured from July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. The recall pertains to an issue with the threaded inserts at the rear of the gas tank, which may leak due to “an irregularity in the coating process during production.” There are potentially 640 units affected by the defect.
The Defect Notice submitted by KTM to the NHTSA on July 2, 2015 states that “the affected components (fuel tank inserts) are located on the rearward facing lower side of the fuel tank underneath the seat and on the underside of the fuel tank.
“The capillary effect may cause fuel to leak from the threaded inserts to the outside of the fuel tank.”
KTM first received notice of a potential problem in October 2014 after small fuel leaks were reported in the U.S. market place. No injuries have been recorded related to the issue to-date.
KTM dealers will inspect the threaded inserts on fuel tanks of affected models and complete all necessary repairs, free of charge. Customers that have already repaired defects related to the issue will be eligible for reimbursement. The recall is expected to begin August 2015.
Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM’s recall number is TB 15XX.
Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V441000.