Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced the recall of 26,082 GSX-R1000 motorcycles made during 2005 and 2006 because of a frame problem. Apparently, the unit is susceptible to crack behind and below the steering neck near the front triple clamps if the bike is aggressively ridden. All recalled bikes will be fitted with a special brace that will reinforce the undamaged frames and will be covered by a five-year warranty which begins on the date of installation by the dealer. But if they detect any damage, the entire frame will be replaced with a reinforced unit in order to prevent the danger of cracking.
Are the GSX-R1000s dangerous for riders? Not in any special way! So why would Suzuki come up with such a measure? The answer is REPUTATION. Buyers of the specific model often happen to exploit their bikes beyond the machine’s capabilities or manufacturing purposes and this leads to the possible problem that Suzuki complies fixing in order to maintain their reputation.
In my opinion, riders who do wheelies and stoppies in such a manner that the frame gets damaged and implicit likely to crack won’t have a bike to send down the dealer and guess what? It isn’t the manufacturer’s fault!