The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for a number of Indian Motorcycle
models owing to a potential problem with the rear rim which “may crack and cause a loss of air pressure.”
2009 Deluxe and Standard, 2009-2011 Roadmaster, 2009-2013 Vintage, 2010 Bomber, 2010-2013 Classic and Dark Horse, 2011 Blackhawk Dark and Blackhawk models are included in the recall which may affect up to 861 units.
In a letter dated August 29, 2013, Senior Product Safety Specialist for Polaris Industries, Don L. Good, outlines the concern. “Upon investigating this issue, Indian Motorcycle Company has determined that in some cases the rear rim used on the identified vehicles may have a cross-sectional thickness that does not meet specification.” The letter goes on to state that Indian Motorcycles “estimates that a small portion of the manufactured units within the identified date range may have this defect. However the specific machines that may contain the defect cannot be identified. Therefore all vehicles produced within the identified date range will receive the recall repair.” It’s also noted that the recall does not affect any of the new 2014 Indian models
recently debuted at Sturgis.
Indian Motorcycles plans to notify owners of affected models and will provide a follow up notification once parts are available. Dealers will replace the rear rim, free of charge. Owners may contact Indian at 1-888-704-5290.
More information is available at the NHTSA website, www.safecar.gov
, or by calling the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 13V391000.