2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 And GSX-R1000R Recalled
SUZUKI’S flagship sports bike models, the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R are being recalled over a potential fault which the firm says could cause the chain to stretch and snap.
The fault was found to exist in a number of American exports a couple weeks back, and has now extended to potentially 'just over 600' GSX-R1000s and higher-spec GSX-R1000Rs sold in the UK since their launch last year.
The cause of the problem is a fault between the ECU and the quick-shifter gearbox. Shifting up from first, the gearbox could select neutral, resulting in high engine revs. If the rider then shifts up to second without using the clutch, the high engine speed, would put an excessive load on the chain, causing it to potentially stretch or even break.
The issue is fixed by replacing the ECU free of charge. Owners will be notified by post in March, when the replacement parts are expected to become available in dealerships, according to Suzuki.
The firm said: ‘Suzuki has identified a potential fault when riders upshift from first to second gear; if the rider fails to engage second gear, a neutral position will exist and continued opening of the throttle will cause very high RPM. If the rider then shifts into second gear without disengaging the clutch under the very high RPM, an excessive load can be applied to the powertrain which can cause the chain to stretch and, in the worst case, the drive chain can come off or break.’