January 11, 2001
Release # 01-065
Motorcycle Recall Hotline: (866) 802-9381
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Kawasaki Contacts: Doug Freeman or Gale Nye, (714) 557-3663

CPSC, Kawasaki Motors Corp. Announce Recall of Motocross Motorcycles

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 motorcycles, used in motocross competition. The rear brakes on these motorcycles can fail, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries or death.

CPSC and Kawasaki have not received any reports of injuries or failure of the rear braking system. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled Kawasaki motorcycles are 2001 KX series motocross vehicles, with model numbers KX65, KX85, KX100, KX125, KX250 and KX500. The name "Kawasaki" appears on each side of the frame near the steering column, and the model number appears on each side of the frame running from the rear tire to the braking system. The motorcycles are green, with white on the front of the steering column and on the each side of the seat. Kawasaki dealers nationwide sold the motorcycles from May 2000 to November 2000 for between $2,800 and $5,800.

Consumers should stop using the motorcycles immediately. Kawasaki will mail owners a free repair kit. Owners can make the repair themselves or return their motorcycle to a Kawasaki dealership, for a free repair. For more information, consumers should call their local dealership or Kawasaki at (866) 802-9381, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT Monday through Friday; or, go to the company's website at
Picture of Recalled Motorcycle