KTM North America is recalling a slew of KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles.  The problem concerns the bike’s clutch, which could become inoperable.

According to KTM’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 8,398 various KTM and Husqvarna models may have a defective clutch slave cylinder.  Specifically, there is a possibility that the bellow style clutch slave cylinder gasket may be damaged.

In its report, KTM says:

“If the function of the clutch slave cylinder is impaired due to the (bellow style) gasket being damaged, it may affect the function of the clutch slave cylinder and the clutch becomes inoperable. The clutch will not disengage when the clutch leaver is pulled in.”

Shifting problem

In addition, KTM says that riders may notice a change in the bike’s shifting behavior if there is a problem. For example, it may become harder to shift gears.

In describing the safety risk, KTM says that if the slave cylinder is defective, the motorcycle’s clutch may not disengage and increase the risk of a crash.

The motorcycles affected by this recall are as follows:

HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO 2018 – 2020
HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 701 2018 – 2020
KTM 690 DUKE 2018 – 2019
KTM 690 ENDURO R 2018 – 2020
KTM 690 SMC R 2019 – 2020

Recall notifications

KTM North America and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America are notifying all registered owners of the above-affected motorcycles by mail.  In addition, KTM is notifying all authorized dealers via KTM’s Dealernet and Husqvarna communication portal.  Notification will follow the below schedule:

Planned Dealer Notification Date: OCT 08, 2021 – DEC 09, 2022
Planned Owner Notification Date : DEC 03, 2021 – DEC 09, 2022

Recall repairs

To remedy the defect, dealers will inspect the clutch slave cylinder to determine whether a bellows style component is installed.  If a bellow style is mounted, it will be replaced by a new version.

Should owners have any questions, they may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090 and cite KTM recall numbers KTB2112 and HTB2110.  Or, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), quoting NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V792000, or go to www.nhtsa.gov.


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