Honda is recalling certain 2021 Trail 125 (CT 125A) model motorcycles due to an improperly designed and welded gearshift arm.  According to Big Red, the gearshift arm was inappropriately designed and has insufficient weld strength.  As such, the lever could break with repeated use and increase the risk of a crash.

According to Honda’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 2,181 CT 125 motorcycles have the defective gear shift arm.

In its report, Honda says:

“Due to an inappropriate design of the gear shift pedal arm and insufficient weld strength between the gear shift boss and gear shift pedal arm, the weld may fail, and the gear shift pedal may potentially break off with repeated use, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.”

Describing the safety risk, Honda says simply:

“These conditions increase the risk of a crash or injury.”

The motorcycles affected by this recall are as follows:

HONDA CT125 2021

Recall notifications

To remedy the defect, Honda will notify dealers and owners of this recall following the below notification schedule:

Planned Dealer Notification Date: OCT 14, 2021 – NR*
Planned Owner Notification Date: NOV 15, 2021 – NR*
*NR – Not reported

Honda CT 125 repair

Registered owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and asked to take their vehicle to a Honda Powersports dealer.  The dealer will replace the gear shift pedal assembly free of charge.  Owners who have paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement according to the recall reimbursement plan on file with NHTSA.

Should owners have any questions, they may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870 and cite Honda’s recall number KM-8.  Or, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), quoting NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V804000, or go to


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