Indian Motorcycle Co., which builds large cruiser and touring motorcycles with base prices from about $11,000 to $28,000, said it will recalling 7,611 of its bikes from the 2015 and 2016 model years to fix a problem with their rear brakes.
The company said a flaw in the rear brake master cylinder could lead to a reduction in rear braking power of a total loss of rear braking. The braking problem could result in longer stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash. Motorcycle instructors typically teach riders to use front and rear brakes together to keep their stopping distances as short as possible. In an emergency, the proper, coordinated use of both brakes can make the difference between stopping safely and crashing.
The recall includes Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Dark Horse models built from Jan. 2, 2015 through Oct. 23 of this year.
Indian said it will replace the rear brake master cylinder piston assembly in a recall that is expected to begin Nov. 13. Owners with questions can contact Indian customer service at 877-204-3697.