Kawasaki is recalling certain 2020 and 2021 W800 CAFE (EJ800C and EJ800D) motorcycles due to improperly tightened exhaust pipe nuts.  Team Green says that the loose bolts and exhaust collars may fall off.

According to Kawasaki’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 574 W800 motorcycles have loose bolts and exhaust collars.

In its report, Zero says:

“…the exhaust pipe might be affixed incompletely due to improper muffler installation. This could lead to loosening of the nuts fixing the exhaust pipe, and in the worst case, the nuts and the collars for affixing the exhaust pipe may fall off.”

Describing the safety risk, Zero says:

“Loss of the collars and nuts fixing the exhaust pipe to the engine during operation, causing a road hazard.”

It’s interesting to note that Kawasaki says the danger is not to riders but to other road users if the nuts and collars fall off.

The motorcycles affected by this recall are as follows:

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S)
KAWASAKI EJ800 (W800) 2020 – 2021

Affected motorcycles:

Motorcycles subject to this recall are as follows:

Production Dates: JUN 03, 2019 – FEB 15, 2021
VIN Range 1 : Begin : JKBEJCC1XLA003002 End : JKBEJCC1XLA003193 – Not sequential
VIN Range 2 : Begin : JKBEJCD15LA000006 End : JKBEJCD16MA002266 – Not sequential

Recall notifications

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

Planned Dealer Notification Date : NOV 02, 2021 – NOV 02, 2021
Planned Owner Notification Date : NOV 03, 2021 – NOV 03, 2021

W800 repair

Dealers will replace the exhaust gaskets and the collars and reinstall the muffler, free of charge.

Questions:

Should owners have any questions, they may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381 and cite Kawasaki’s recall number MC21-07.  Or, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), quoting NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V819000, or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

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