2011-2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Recalled for Crankcase Oil Leak

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Kawasaki is issuing a recall on its 2011 and 2012 Ninja ZX-10R due to a potential oil leak in the crankcase.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, engine oil may leak from the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R‘s crankcase from a machined area where the starter is mounted. Leaked oil may pool on top of the crank case and, under continued use, spill onto the rear tire, reducing traction and increasing the risk of a crash.

The issue was first reported in November 2011 by Kawasaki‘s Malaysian distributor. Kawasaki conducted an investigation using parts from both the Malaysian and European markets, determining the oil was coming from a blow hole in the crankcase casting.

Authorized Kawasaki dealers will apply an epoxy sealer to the affected area of the crankcase near the starter mounting point. The recall affects 4,170 units in the U.S. produced between Sept. 1, 2010 and Feb. 15, 2012.

[Source: NHTSA]

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  • Gabriel Martelli

    I’m from Brazil, I had a 2011 Fittipaldi special edition and I suffered with this problem. For 3 times the distributor tried to fix the oil leaking and didn’t get it, in the forth time they stayed with my bike for 45 days and than decided to give me a new bike. The problem that they related is different, they said the oil was leaking thru the cranckcase wall, near the starter, but not in the starter hole, like the cranckcase wall’s porosity was much higher than normal. Hope it help other owners. Regards. Gabriel

  • Rob Siegele

    Dear Kawasaki,

    My history= (7)Kawi’s since 1988, (1)Yam R1

    I was really excited about going back to Kawi in the next few weeks, and purchasing a new (red/blk) 2012 ZX10R.

    So to clarify, if I spend $14,000, on a 2012 ZX10R, I can have a mechanic drill out the 5 or 6 holes behind the starter…and they will fill it up with JB Weld or magic gasket..!? I don’t think so.

    Guess I might be picking up a new R1 in a few weeks instead of the ZX10R I was looking at.

    Thanks Kawasaki…where the good times roll my ass!!

    Very Disappointed,
    Rob S.

  • Rod

    The latest recall manufacturing date of “Feb. 15, 2012.” is incorrect as I received a recall notice for my bike with a manufacturing date of March 2012. I confirmed the contradiction (to this article) with Kawasaki and they confirmed my March 2012 build was definitely included.

  • sujit

    super biking with kawasaki motor

  • David

    My 2012 Kawasaki ZX10R is not leaking oil do I still need to have them tech’s at cycle city maui drill five holes then J-B weld my case I don’t think so. So what you need to do is recall all unit’s back and offer a new unit for the mistake