Posted: 02 Jan 2011 09:00 PM PST
Hi guys, Paul here. Triumph is recalling 2010 Sprint GT and ST models because the dipstick on the oil plug is too long. The problem was first identified in September, claims Triumph in the recall announcement filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They then began working on a new dipstick design to implement in the recall.
Over 200 models produced from August to October have so far been identified that were equipped with a dipstick that will inaccurately report an overestimated amount of oil in the 1050cc three cylinder engine. This can lead to the engine being run with too little oil and cause crippling damage.
Triumph dealers are instructed to replace the oil plug with a new version that includes a dipstick of the correct length and an identifying mark.
The Sprint GT and ST models are designed for long duration riding on both sporty, curving roads, and high speed highways and byways. The high-RPM nature, and strain from luggage, of this type of riding means that a sub-optimally low level of oil can cause serious wear, damage, and even seizing when the rider is very far from home or any motorcycle shops.
More information can be obtained by Triumph Sprint owners through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, www.safecar.gov, and the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hot-line at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). Triumph Motorcycles can be contacted at (678) 539-8782.
Stay tuned for more updates. Be sure to log on to Triumph Boards for more information.
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