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KTM race bike recalled over engine locking

KTM Australia continues to lead the list of recalled motorcycles with the latest being a recall of 2021 450SX-F MX competition motorcycles for an issue that could lock the engine.

It brings the number of recalls by KTM Australia to 10 so far this which is the most of any importer. However, it should be noted they also import GasGas and Husqvarna which also account for some of the recalls.

The latest official safety recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says a defective shift drum may have been installed in affected motorcycles.

“The shift drum may break during riding,” the notice says.

“If the shift drum breaks, it may cause damage to the transmission or engine.

“It may also block or lock the engine, which can cause engine power loss and affect vehicle handling and acceleration, increasing the risk of an accident resulting in injury or death to the rider, passengers and/or bystanders.”

Consumers will be contacted by KTM Australia and their authorised dealers. Authorised dealers will replace the shift drum, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact KTM Australia on 1800 644 771 or find their nearest authorised dealer using the dealer search option at

VINs of affected bikes are:






Owners of affected bikes should contact their dealer and arrange for a free inspection and repair if needed.


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

New Zealand
United Kingdom

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