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thats pretty bad. that even worse than the unintended acceleration from toyota. imagine loosing pressure in your brake calipers when youre braking heavily.
 

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Just recieved that recall today.
Must be for really earlly models...but turn your bars side to side and inspect lines for inner chaffing.
I really belive this is for truely early models.
Mine has the ties on the fenders just behind the forks that allow no contact to any moving parts.
Also all pics i have seen have these cages for the brake lines.
But check just to be sure.
i also dont see the brake line coming in contact with the brake disk so much as the wheel itself.
Take a look and push your lines around lock to lock on your steering.
Otherwise your wasting your and his time taking it to the dealer.
Peace and safety to all...Barry
 

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personally i wouldn't risk not bringing it in. i think its safe to say every vehicle manufacturer will try to avoid initiating a recall as much as possible since its always a huge hit to their brand name. which means that if they do issue a recall that its something pretty serious other wise they will just try to deny the problem as long as possible. for the hour or so getting the fix done its worth the piece of mind. remember its your life were talking about.
 

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i agree but in my case i could not get my brake lines on eitherside to touch anything that moves or rotates.
So why waste the time of the mech at the dealership,my time,or the added cost from kawasaki.
That is inevitably absorbed in the cost of new bikes.
 

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i agree but in my case i could not get my brake lines on eitherside to touch anything that moves or rotates.
So why waste the time of the mech at the dealership,my time,or the added cost from kawasaki.
That is inevitably absorbed in the cost of new bikes.
did you test it out while the bike was stationary? they did say it only happens when you're braking heavily. it might be because your suspension compresses enough under heavy braking to give the brake hose enough slack to touch the brake disc. id using something/someone heavy pushing down on the front of the bike to make the front suspension compress then do a test that way.
 

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i agree but in my case i could not get my brake lines on eitherside to touch anything that moves or rotates.
So why waste the time of the mech at the dealership,my time,or the added cost from kawasaki.
That is inevitably absorbed in the cost of new bikes.
Barry - Im curious how you were able to check and make sure that you brake lines were not touching the rotor WITH THE SUSPENSION FULLY COMPRESSED??

If you read the recall notice, they say that the left side brake line may come in contact with the left rotor UNDER HEAVY BRAKING conditions in which you bottom out the front suspension.

So - you may not wish to waste your time and your mechanics time, but Im having mine replaced as soon as possible. You'd have to be NUTS not to have it done (not that Im calling you names or anything....just saying generally.) ...on the way home yesterday, while thinking about this recall, I had four people pull some stupid move that caused me to have to jam on the brakes...and it was constantly going through my mind!

Seriously, I hope for your safety that you take yours to the dealership for the recall.


On another note, I called the dealer yesterday, and they said they werent even aware of the problem. NICE!
 

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did you test it out while the bike was stationary? they did say it only happens when you're braking heavily. it might be because your suspension compresses enough under heavy braking to give the brake hose enough slack to touch the brake disc. id using something/someone heavy pushing down on the front of the bike to make the front suspension compress then do a test that way.
I honestly dont think someone heavy/strong pushing on the handlebars is going to lower the suspension enough to test it...

But you could always use tie-downs and try to get the suspension to compress as much as you can - still wont bottom out all the way, but can get it close. THEN you can see that the line can touch the rotor...

But hey - why "test" it?? The manufacturer has already tested it and believes that it is enough of an issue to cause a recall - thats enough evidence for me!
 

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I honestly dont think someone heavy/strong pushing on the handlebars is going to lower the suspension enough to test it...

But you could always use tie-downs and try to get the suspension to compress as much as you can - still wont bottom out all the way, but can get it close. THEN you can see that the line can touch the rotor...

But hey - why "test" it?? The manufacturer has already tested it and believes that it is enough of an issue to cause a recall - thats enough evidence for me!
i know. i was just hoping to talk some sense into barry. i hoped the fact that i mentioned this " i think its safe to say every vehicle manufacturer will try to avoid initiating a recall as much as possible since its always a huge hit to their brand name." would've been more than enough to convince him. hopefully he changes his mind seeing as they amount of time it'll take the mechanic to fix the brake hose is significantly less than the amount of time he will have to spend in the hospital if anything happens.
 

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Not a good situation. Thanks for the heads up no word onthis for north america?
Vic3.14 confirmed the recall for North America as well.
 

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All im saying is that the dealership will only replace the lines if they show wear.
If you dont see wear they are not going to replace them so your wasting your time if you take it in.
No wear no replace.
It states this in the recall notice.
 

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Barry, I called the dealership and the service guy mentioned maybe adding spacers. They are going to do something. Sorry but you are giving false info.
 

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Im sorry if you guys are scared by a notice that is meant for the greater good of the whole of the product where the manufactuer is just covering thier a$$es.
But i have worked for a kawasaki-suzuki dealership for many years.
I have also worked at an independant dealership which worked on all models including Huskwavarna,Bennelli,Motoguzzi,Harley Davidson,BSA,Triumph.
After almost 30 years of riding,Im simply saying...inspect your bike before every ride.
If your not doing so..hire someone who will.
Im just trying to help edjucate and save riders time and money.
Dont get me wrong,if you feel you cannot take care of or servce your bike properly GO TO THE DEALERSHIP!
I resect all the newbs for having the guts to get out there and fight it out on the streets,but inspect your ride daily and all will be good!
No hate intended.......Barry
 

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Everyone has their view on this. It's easy to see why Barry is pretty confident with not bringing the bike in because of his experience working at all those dealership before. While some have only hands on experience with their own bike. In the end its everyone's own responsibility to make sure their bike is in perfect working order.
 

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i just received the notice for the recall on my bike in canada just waiting for the parts for the fix
Keep us updated on what happens. From what I heard its a pretty easy fix for them and if they see and damage to the brake lines that they'll replace that as well aside from just relocating it.
 

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All im saying is that the dealership will only replace the lines if they show wear.
If you dont see wear they are not going to replace them so your wasting your time if you take it in.
No wear no replace.
It states this in the recall notice.
With all due respect, Barry, you are incorrect.

My bike is at the shop today, and they are installing a part the reroutes the brake line away from the rotor. There is a kit that they had to order from Kawi (that took two weeks to get here, due to back orders...)

They dont just look at your lines and send you home if there is no wear on them.
 
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