UPDATE: Kings Mountain-designed Indian motorcycles recalled for rear rim defect

Publish Date: 
Sep 3, 2013

MEDINA, Minn. - Polaris/Indian is recalling some legacy generation, Kings Mountain-era Indian 2009-2013 motorcycles due to a potentially defective rear wheel rim.

The recall does not affect models since Polaris Industries bought the Indian marque. "The new Indian Motorcycle company recently announced the availability of its model-year 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles, which are assembled in Spirit Lake, Iowa. These all-new 2014 models have been completely redesigned and are wholly unaffected by [the] announcement," Indian stated.

The affected motorcycles were produced between Dec. 10, 2008, and Nov. 1, 2012, and designed by the previous owner of Indian Motorcycle in Kings Mountain, N.C. Models involved include the 2009 Delux and Standard, 2009-11 Roadmaster, 2009-13 Vintage, 2010-13 Classic and Dark Horse, 2011 Blackhawk and Blackhawk Dark.

About 860 of the bikes were distributed to then-Indian dealers, and about 830 have been warranty registered to consumers, according to documents.

The bikes may have been assembled using a defective rear wheel rim that may crack and cause a loss of tire pressure, which could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, the OEM stated.

Indian has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the issue and will notify owners. Indian Motorcycle will also issue a Safety Recall Bulletin to all Indian Motorcycle dealers with instructions required to replace the affected rear wheel assembly.

Repairs will be made by any authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer at no cost to owners of the subject motorcycles. The company said it will notify affected customers when replacement parts are available.

Consumers with the involved bikes are advised to visually inspect the rear motorcycle rim for cracks and check tire pressure prior to riding. If any cracks are found, the motorcycle should not be ridden until the rim is replaced, the OEM stated. 

Posted by Holly Wagner