BREA, CA – Suzuki Motor of America in December announced a recall of about 8,613 DL650 V-Strom motorcycles because of a faulty alternator that may not charge the battery. Affected units are from the 2012-16 model years, and were manufactured from Aug. 30, 2011, to Oct. 12, 2015. The company issued a stop sales order on Nov. 28.
In affected motorcycles, the alternator stator may have insufficient heat resistance, resulting in a short circuit of the stator wires. A short circuit of the stator wires may prevent the battery from properly charging, causing an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash, the OEM told NHTSA. During manufacturing, Suzuki stated, glue was applied to an outside area of the stator wiring before introducing the impregnating resin, which caused the resin to collect inside the glue.
Dealers are required to replace the stators.
The NHTSA Campaign number is 16V878000. Suzuki’s number for this recall is 2A67.