Kawasaki Recalls Coucours 14 Police Bikes
Recalls in the motorcycle industry can strike anytime without warning. You can be riding your bike one day and then wake up the next to news that you’re bike is being recalled because of a problem in the fuel tank or wherever. But don’t worry, problems like this aren’t just exclusive to private consumers. As a number of police officers have found out recently, it also extends to them.
Yup. Law enforcement authorities are being advised by Kawasaki that the Concours 14 patrol bike might be recalled because of possible electrical problems that could plague certain until of the Concours 14 and 14ABS bikes. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority, the specific issue lies in added police accessories that could cause the bike’s 30-amp main fuse to blow and the wiring harness to chafe. This could result in a short-circuit that could lead to the engine stalling and increase the risk of a crash.
A total of 194 units of the Concours14 and 14ABS made between May 8, 2008 and February 23, 2013 are affected by the recall. Kawasaki has already notified affected police departments of the issue and have promised to send trained personnel to repair the bikes at no cost to the departments.
Should a police department have any of these two bikes, they’re also invited to ring up Kawasaki so they can address the issue.
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Why it matters
This recall is a bit different because we’re not dealing with consumer bikes here. We’re dealing with bikes specifically equipped for law enforcement duties, making it even more incumbent for affected models to get the necessary attention needed to fix them up and get them running up to speed.
It’s going to be a tad bit embarrassing if an affected Concours 14 is involved in a police chase and ends up conking out right smack in the middle of the action. Nobody wants to be a part of that and certainly not any of the police departments with Concours 14 models that are affected by this recall.
Fortunately, these police departments don’t need to be convinced to get those affected models repaired. They’ll probably have them checked at the earliest time possible just so they can be good-as-new and can report back for duty as soon as possible.