Victory recalls 872 motorcycles for crankcase defect

Publish Date: 
May 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for 872 model year 2014 and 2015 Victory motorcycles because the OEM reported that the crankcases may have been incorrectly machined.

The recall could temporarily put the brakes on sales of the 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk and the 2015 Gunner manufactured between January 22, 2014 and April 25, 2014.

Victory has issued a stop sale notification to its dealer network until the problem can be remedied.

“Victory has determined that some crankcases may have been manufactured with insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcases which can result in too little crankshaft endplay…Engines assembled using a faulty crankcase may unexpectedly seize. This could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” the recall notice submitted by Polaris stated.

To date there have been no reports of engine failures. Victory discovered the issue during quality control assessments on the production line. Procedure dictates that all engines be “started and run at the end of the production line. These engines are not in chassis at this point and are attached to an engine run-up stand.” On March 26, one of the engines seized, and further investigation resulted in two additional engine failures in mid-April.

Victory’s investigation has determined that the vendor’s quality control measures had allowed some out-of-specification crankcases to be delivered to Victory,” the company stated.

Victory is warning owners not to ride motorcycles included in the recall until a dealer has conducted an inspection and made any necessary repairs. Crankcase clearance will be fixed free of charge on motorcycles found to have the defect.

Owners may contact Polaris at 1-888-704-5290 for more information. Owners may also go to www.safecar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for details. The NHTSA campaign number is 14V227000.

Posted by Holly Wagner