Indian has issued a safety recall for all Indian Motorcycle Thunderstroke 111 engines which were produced between 2014 and 2017
The effected models are said to have been manufactured with ‘insufficient clearance between the fuel line and the engine’ which could cause abrasion of the fuel, creating a fuel leak and posing a potential fire hazard.
Models including the Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster which all feature the Thunderstroke 111 engine, are identified as potentially unsafe.
Here’s the official statement from Indian:
The safety of Indian Motorcycle riders has always and will always be Indian Motorcycle’s highest priority. With this in mind, Indian Motorcycle have identified as part of their quality control procedures, an important safety issue. For this reason Indian Motorcycle is issuing a safety recall for all Indian Motorcycle Thunderstroke 111 Engine which were produced between 2014 and 2017.
The safety issue identified that models including Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster which all feature the globally acclaimed Thunderstroke 111 engine, may have been manufactured with insufficient clearance between the fuel line and the engine. This can result in abrasion of the fuel line posing a potential fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may pose a fire hazard.
Indian Motorcycle Australia has identified all affected VINs and customers will be contacted in order for the concern to be inspected and rectified if required. In addition to this Indian Motorcycle Australia has issued a “stop sale” notice in order to inspect and rectify any affected VINs which are currently in the possession of Indian Motorcycle Australia and their dealerships.
Indian Motorcycle recognizes that the timing of this recall is inconvenient with the holiday riding season now upon us. In order to minimize the inconvenience to customers, Indian Motorcycle will implement additional shifts throughout December and January at Indian Motorcycle stores in the capital cities of Australia.
In most cases it is anticipated that the safety inspection will take approximately 30 minutes. It is expected that less than 5% of inspected units will require an additional 30-minute procedure.
Express shipments of the required replacement part have been organized from America, this shipment is due to arrive in Australia early next week. All affected customers are urged to contact their local Indian Motorcycle Dealer to schedule a time from next Wednesday for their motorcycle to be inspected.