Ninja hits the brakes
Maker orders a halt to fix ABS and electronics
for sale,’’ Baker says. He also advises that Kawasaki Australia has had no reports of brake problems on the Ninja, though ‘‘ there have been a minimal number of potential issues with the Ninja 300 ECU’’.
Owners of affected bikes will be notified by mail and dealers will carry out the work free.
Baker estimates the work will take about two hours, once the dealer has received replacement parts.
‘‘ Parts for floor stock have already been shipped but dealers will need to order them as the owners present the bikes,’’ he says. ‘‘ That will only take one or two days . . . bikes can be ridden in the meantime.’’
The recall notice says the programmed setting of the ECU is incorrect, which ‘‘ may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly stall’’. Reports from the US say this can occur during deceleration or braking.
Versions of the Ninja 300 fitted with ABS will also be inspected for a ‘‘ foreign particle’’ that may lodge in either the inlet or outlet valve. The website recalls.gov.au says: ‘‘ If the defect occurs, the ABS function may not operate effectively which may cause the front and/or rear wheel to lock up unexpectedly’’. A batch of Z800 models is also subject to the same ABS-related recall.
The Ninja 300 sells for $6199 (ABS-equipped version is $6699). It leads the local sales charts by the proverbial mile, tallying 1898 sales in the first six months of this year. The next best seller was Yamaha’s WR450F with 795 sold.
Earlier this month BMW had to recall its F700 GS and F800 GS to rectify the sidestand safety switch and sidestand mount. The safety switch kills the engine if riders try to engage a gear with the stand down. BMW found there was the potential for the stand to work loose from the frame.
Ninja 300: Recall covers more than 3000 bikes nationally