Triumph Motorcycles Issues Recall On 2016-17 Bonneville T120 / T120 Black
Cold hands are a drag, no doubt about it, and for many, accessory heated handgrips are the only fix. Bless them, I say, for being willing to brave the frozen tundra when most bikes are stashed for the winter, and I begrudge them not for seeking whatever comfort they can while riding in harsh climes. Unfortunately for up to 1,390 North American Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black owners, it seems they may have got a 2-for-1 deal they weren’t counting on. Apparently, the heated handgrips have a tendency to expand a bit when activated which can cause the throttle grip to bind and stick in the open position. Needless to say, a stuck-open throttle is bad m’kay, and the possibilities of getting into an accident goes up exponentially at that point.
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What To Do
The factory will be launching the recall campaign on February 20, 2107, and affected owners can expect to be notified by then if they have not already. Concerned owners can check on this recall with Triumph directly at 1-678-854-2010 and reference recall No. SB 546, or contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Dealers will be standing by to install a spacer that will prevent the problem from occurring on the models targeted by the recall. Obviously, riders of potentially affected bikes should avoid using their heated handgrips altogether until said fix is done, or at least, make damn sure you can find your emergency kill switch on your hand controls.