Honda is recalling all VFR1200F / FD & VFR1200X / XD models from years 2010-2015 because of a problem that can cause the driveshaft’s universal joint to separate or break. The recall affects 3,624 units in the UK including both Dual Clutch Transmission and manual versions.
The driveshaft universal joint (shown in the illustration below from a recall announcement from Japan) may not have been properly assembled and may not have the proper durability requirements. The joint may generate enough heat during regular use to decrease the strength of the bearing shell. Over time, this may cause the universal joint to separate or break. If the joint separates, the shaft will stop delivering power to the rear wheel. If it breaks however, it may cause the rear wheel to lock up.
Honda first received a report of driveshaft failure in June 2012 for a VFR1200F in the U.K. By October 2013, Honda had received five more reports from Italy, Germany and the U.K. The following month, the universal joint supplier changed its production process in hopes of correcting the problem.
In December 2014, Honda received its 12th reported failure and the first that resulted in the rear wheel locking up. Honda acquired this broken unit so it could conduct a more thorough investigation. More reports continued to come in, including four from the U.S. (one of which resulted in a rear wheel lock-up). On 27th Nov. 2015, Honda initiated the recall process.
Honda dealers will replace the drive shaft on recalled units, and the DFT are contacting affected users. If you are concerned that you may be affected and have not had a recall notice, we advise that you contact your Honda dealer.