The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Motorcycle on Technical Hold

IRVINE, Calif. — Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is placing a technical hold on the 2011 Ninja® ZX™-10R sportbike.

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The company is proactively addressing a remedy which reflects Kawasaki’s commitment to excellence and its relationships with its highly valued customers and dealer network.

The following actions are being initiated through the Kawasaki dealer network:

• Unsold units will be returned to KMC warehouses. The units will be redistributed once Kawasaki is 100 percent confident they reflect company standards for this highly technical, race-bred machine.

• Those who have taken delivery of a unit will be instructed to return the unit to the dealership for a full refund and will be among the first to have the option of receiving a new unit once the technical hold has been lifted.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and recreation utility vehicles through a network of more than 1,400 independent retailers, with an additional 8,000 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish motorcycles for over four decades. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at

To clarify, despite what has been scattered about the web, this is not a recall due to a safety or performance issue, it’s not a US-spec/EPA issue and it’s not an ECU issue. And while the full details have yet to be released, Kawasaki said that it is purely a quality control issue and they would rather buy back every bike already sold than have a less than excellent product on the road.

As for when they plan on having the Motorcycles back out on dealership floors, not sure when this will happen.  Japan is doing everything they can to correct the issue and get the bikes back out as quickly as possible. We will keep you informed as we get more information.

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