In a quote from the recall notice, Kawasaki states the following:
“…the components of the relief valve that adjusts the oil pressure of the engine may come off due to improper assembly. When the oil pressure warning indicator is turned on, the engine becomes poorly lubricated. In the worst case, the engine may stop (seize)”.
Kawasaki has also released a statement on the bearing, and has commented on the following:
“On eligible units, the amount of grease applied to the needle-bearings in the rear hub housing may be insufficient due to variations in the application process. With continuous use, this could lead to bearing failure, in the worst case causing the rear wheel to lock.”
Worried about the cost? Don’t – the Japanese manufacturer has stated that all bikes being recalled for faults in these specific cases will hve the part in question replaced, at no charge to the client.
Should you have questions about your own model and what VINs are affected, Kawasaki customer service can be reached at 1-866-802-9381, using the official recall number MC21-05.
If you’re already on the road or have come across an encounter en route, make sure to hit up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, citing NHTSA campaign number 21V593000.