Honda is recalling certain 2021 CBR 1000 RR-R motorcycles.  The Japanese manufacturer says that there may be a problem with the bike’s suspension.

According to the recall notice, the CBR 1000 RR-R, Honda’s “highest performing” version of its street-legal superbike may have a suspension component incorrectly installed.

As per Honda’s notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

During the assembly process, the rear cushion connecting plate may have been installed incorrectly with the counterbore side facing the wrong direction (reverse), improperly securing the plate to the chassis of the vehicle. With continued use of a vehicle in which the rear cushion connecting plate was incorrectly installed, the plate may break suddenly, causing a drop to the
vehicle height, and increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

What this really means is that one of the rear suspension links may be oriented incorrectly.  A bolt head may be attached in reverse.  This could cause the link to break and the suspension to collapse increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

CBR 1000 RR-R

An illustration of the affected parts and potential improper part orientation.

Honda is not certain how many motorcycles may be affected.  However, the total number of bikes subject to this recall is 89 units or less.

Honda is also issuing a stop-sale notice.  Dealers must perform a visual inspection of the affected parts and correct the defect when appropriate.

Honda will notify owners and dealers will inspect and as necessary, replace the affected parts free of charge.  The recall will begin on June 7, 2021.

In the interim, owners may contact Honda Powersports customer service at 1-866-784-1870 and cite recall KL9.   Owners may also contact NHTSA at 1-800-424-9153 and cite NHTSA Campaign Number 21V249000.


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