Kawasaki to lift Ninja hold in January

Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. has announced the technical hold placed on the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R will be lifted in late January. Sales are expected to resume as normal at that time.

The hold, which was issued in mid-December, was a proactive move after a finding that “indicated possible surging of the intake valve spring when the unit is operated under unique riding conditions, such as on a racetrack,” according to a press release from Kawasaki.

The valve springs, spring retainers and camshaft are being replaced to prevent valve surging. Kawasaki says the improvements will not affect engine performance.

When the hold was issued, unsold units were ordered returned to Kawasaki warehouses, and owners who had taken delivery were instructed to return the units to the dealership for a full refund. Those customers who returned already purchased Ninjas will have the option to receive a new unit at the end of January.

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