The dominoes continue to fall in the Ohlins recall saga as another motorcycle brand has issued a recall of its bikes because of the defective shock absorbers from the Swedish parts company.

Taking its cues from Yamaha and Triumph, Honda has announced the recall of the CBR1000S, known in other places as the CBR1000RR SP. By now, we all know what the problem is, but for those who still aren’t familiar with the issues plaguing Ohlins these days, it basically boils down to defective shocks the Swedish company made that could fall apart at any moment’s notice if they’re not replaced soon.

In Honda’s case, 504 units of the CBS1000S are affected by the recall. Most of the units are classified as 2014 models, built between December 9, 2013 and March 28, 2014. Likewise, a handful of 2015 models are also affected, built between October 20, 2014 and February 27, 2015.

Honda’s also offering a similar procedure to Yamaha and Triumph, encouraging owners of affected models to bring their bikes to their respective Honda dealerships where trained engineers will remove the entire shock assembly and send it to Ohlins’ service centers for repairs. Once the problems are fixed, Ohlins will send the shocks back to the dealerships where engineers will put them back on the bikes, all at no cost to bike owners.

If you want to learn more about Honda’s recall of the CBR1000S, you can reach out to Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870, and reference recall number JQ3. Likewise, the NHTSA stands ready to assist so you can also call them at 1-888-327-4236.

Continue reading to read more about Honda’s decision to recall the CBR1000S in response to Ohlins’ suspension failures.

Why it matters

Ohlins is finding itself in a mess that seems to be getting bigger and bigger by the day. By my count, this is the third motorcycle company that has formally announced a recall of their bikes and with the way the crows are dropping, Yamaha, Triumph, and now Honda won’t be the only companies to issue recalls because of the defective shocks Ohlins supplied them.

In Honda’s case, 549 units of the CBR1000S are affected by this recall. That’s over 200 more bikes than the Yamaha YZF-R1M and 17 less than the Triumph Daytona 675 R and the Speed Triple R combined.

But I’m not here to tally the body counts of affected models. I’m here to remind owners of these bikes, specifically the CBR1000S, to do their due diligence and adhere to this recall as expeditiously as they can.

The problem with the Ohlins shocks are serious enough to warrant your attention. Once those shocks fall off, you could find yourselves in serious trouble if you’re not careful. So do yourselves a favor and avoid the possibility of hurting yourselves and have your bikes fixed as soon as possible.

I understand the hassle that comes with not being able to ride your bikes until the parts are fixed and shipped back to Honda dealerships, but at this point, you really don’t have a choice.

Well, actually, you do. You can ignore this recall and see what happens to your shocks (not advisable) or you get them fixed ASAP (advisable). The choice is obvious, isn’t it?

Source: NHTSA

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