Honda has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for certain 2010, 2012 and 2013 VFR1200F and VFR1200FD motorcycles. According to the Defect Notice submitted to the NHTSA on December 4, 2015 “the driveshaft universal joint bearing may not have been properly assembled and, even if properly assembled, may not have specified durability as the result of manufacturing errors. An incorrectly assembled or prematurely worn universal joint bearing may generate enough heat to decrease the strength of the bearing shell, which may cause the universal joint to break.”
There are 1825 motorcycles potentially affected by the issue. Should the universal joint break, it may interfere with the swingarm and cause the rear wheel to lock, increasing the likelihood of a crash. Honda’s first notice of the issue came in 2012 with a report of driveshaft failure in the UK. Since, there have been additional reports of similar issues from Italy, Germany, the United States and Switzerland. In total, 22 driveshaft failures were reported from June 22, 2012 to September 25, 2015. As of December 2, 2015 Honda had received four warranty claims and four field reports related to the issue. Currently there are no injuries related to the defect.
Owners of affected models will be notified by Honda and dealers will replace the driveshaft, free of charge. The recall will start in December 2015, but parts may not be available until mid-2016. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 for more information. Honda’s recall ID is JW2.
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 15V821000.