The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides service bulletins and posts recall information on its website. Recalls can be found in the Office of Defects Investigation at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm. To discover if your motorcycle has a recall against it, at the site, select “Vehicle”, its year, make, and model. You will then see if any component of the motorcycle has a recall attached to it.
Note that even if the NHTSA site does not list a recall, motorcycle manufacturers sometimes issue their own. You may want to check their websites periodically or call their toll-free number.
Everyone assumes that when they buy a new motorcycle that everything is in working order. But other factors, including design issues or simple material stresses, can make the perfect bike less than optimal. Recalls are useful because it gives the motorcycle companies the chance to quickly resolve the issues so that customers are safe and satisfied with their rides for years—and miles—to come.