2017-2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 recall on possible chain breakage

Suzuki Motors of America has issued a recall on the 2017 to 2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 regarding a possible issue which can lead to the chain breaking.

3,097 units have been identified in the US through the NHTSA where the chain may break when shifting from first to second at high RPM.

The Engine Control Module (ECM), chain and sprockets will be inspected and replaced to remedy the situation.


Suzuki Motors of America, Inc. has issued a recall on their latest 2017 to 2018 models of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 on an issue that may result in the chain breaking or snapping when shifting during high RPM. The recall report was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) where they’ve identified 3,097 units affected in the US market.

According to the report, “Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain 2017-2018 GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000A, GSX-R1000RA, and GSX-R1000RZA motorcycles. When upshifting between first and second gear, if the rider fails to engage second gear, a neutral condition will exist and may cause very high engine RPM. If the rider then shifts into second gear without disengaging the clutch, the motorcycle’s chain may stretch or break.”

As part of the recall process, Suzuki America will be contacting all affected owners to have the bikes’ Engine Control Module (ECM) replaced to remedy the situation. The drive chain and sprockets will also be inspected and replaced free of charge if necessary.

There are no updates from Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia Sdn Bhd if there are any units affected here in Malaysia. Owners who own the 2017-2018 GSX-R1000 models should contact any authorised dealers to know more.

To read the original report issued by NTHSA, CLICK HERE.

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