Polaris, parent of Victory, and KTM recently found themselves on the wrong end of a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). The NHTSA has issued a recall alert for both motorcycle companies.
The Victory Cross Country recall is related to handlebar clamps or risers that may have been machined improperly. The machining issue may allow the handlebars to slip while riding, thus causing an accident. There are 840 bikes affected. They were built from January 1, 2011 through April 11, 2011.
The KTM recall is also handlebar related. Risers and clamp assemblies may develop cracks due to a faulty heattreating process. This issue will allow slippage as well. The recall affects 1,228 KTM 450 EXC, 530 EXC and 690 Enduro R, and Husaberg FE 570 and 570s models built from November 2009 through October 2010.
Both manufacturers will be issuing recall notices in the near future and replacing the affected parts for free. Until then, take care if you own one of the affected bikes and maybe garage it for a little while until you get it fixed. You may also want to ensure that your motorcycle insurance is up to date, as handlebar issues are a definite safety concern.