Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Recall – Faulty Gearbox

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R recall - faulty gearbox 1

Models from the ZX-10 line-up, 2016 to 2018, might have gear issues

The Japanese manufacturer will start a recall campaign for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR gearbox issues. The news comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US, and it affects 2016 to 2018 ZX-10 models. 

The recall will aim around 4000 units that might have gearbox issues. The transmission gears for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear can break under high impact caused by shifting. 

According to the folks at Asphalt & Rubber, the problem is well-known by Kawasaki as it first showed up on some units in the Thai Market. It appears that the material used to fabricate the gears is not reliable and is likely to break under high stress. The same problem was reported in the US as two warranty claims have been issued.


Gearbox problems can cause more than engine damage. A faulty gear is a big safety concern if the rider loses control of the bike. Therefore, Kawasaki ordered a recall to fix the problem. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th output gears and the 2nd input gear will be changed free of charge. An operation like this can take up two days, and the engine has to be cracked open. The recall starts from February 15th, 2018. The affected owners will be notified by Kawasaki dealers. 

This recall marks the second time Kawasaki encounters problems with the gearbox. Before 2007 the super sports bikes produced by Kawasaki were renown for their gearbox related issues. 

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