Indian Motorcycle has recalled all models fitted with the Thunderstroke 111 Engine and produced between 2014 and 2017 because of a potential fire risk.
Models including the Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield and Roadmaster are affected by the recall.
Indian says the problem is that the engine may have been manufactured with insufficient clearance between the fuel line and the engine, which can result in abrasion of the fuel line and a potential fuel leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may pose a fire hazard.
Indian Motorcycle Australia has identified all affected VINs and customers will be contacted so their motorcycle can be inspected and rectified if required.
In addition to this Indian Motorcycle Australia has issued a “stop sale” notice in order to inspect and rectify any affected VINs which are currently in the possession of Indian Motorcycle Australia and their dealerships.
The recall has come at an awkward time with the holiday riding season now upon us.
To minimise the inconvenience to customers, Indian Motorcycle will implement additional shifts throughout December and January at Indian Motorcycle stores in the capital cities of Australia.
In most cases it is anticipated that the safety inspection will take approximately 30 minutes. It is expected that less than 5% of inspected units will then require an additional 30-minute procedure.
Express shipments of the required replacement part have been organised from America, and this shipment is due to arrive in Australia early next week.
All affected customers are urged to contact their local Indian Motorcycle Dealer to schedule a time from next Wednesday (21st December, 2016) for their motorcycle to be inspected.