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Gearshift issue leads to replacement ECU

Suzuki GSX-R1000 recall hits UK

Written by Ben Purvis , Date 12:13 PM
Suzuki GSX-R1000

A recall on Suzuki’s 2017-on GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R has spread to the UK market. Affected bikes will get a replacement ECU to solve an issue that could lead to broken chains.

In the UK, it affects over 600 bikes. But a recall in America over the same issue last month hit some 3000 machines.

The problem relates to the upshift from first to second gear. If the second gear doesn’t engage properly the bike goes into neutral, which comes as little surprise. Of course, that sends the revs soaring, and if the rider then clunks into second without using the clutch, the result can be a stretched or broken chain.

The recalled bikes will get a new ECU, presumably reducing the chances of hitting neutral.

Suzuki says it will contact owners directly to arrange the recall work. However it’s not expecting to get the stock of new ECUs until March.

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