KTM and subsidiary Husaberg have initiated a recall campaign for certain 2010 and 2011 models due to a problem with their handlebar clamps.
The recall campaign includes the 2011 KTM 450 EXC, KTM 530 EXC, Husaberg FE 570S, Husaberg FS 570 and the 2010-2011 KTM 690 Enduro R. The recall affects 1,228 units.
The handlebar clamps on the affected may develop cracks potentially allowing the handlebars to shift during use. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem was caused by the heat treatment process used by a part supplier.
The issue was first reported in December 2010. A technical bulletin was issued later that month with a remedy. After the problem was reported again in March 2011 by a customer, KTM issued a revised technical bulletin to include more models.
KTM and Husaberg dealers will replace the defective handlebar clamps with new components milled from billet material and reinforced to prevent cracking.
[Source: NHTSA, photos by Mitterbauer H.]