Suzuki Recalls GW250 Over Electrical Issue

If you’re a beginner rider, your motorcycle should work flawlessly as your lack of experience won’t save you in case something goes wrong with the machine. In that regard, if you own a Suzuki GW250, you might want to take it to the dealership as it may be affected by an electrical issue.
2014 Suzuki GW250 1 photo
Photo: Suzuki
Suzuki is recalling certain GW250 small-displacement naked bikes from model years 2013, 2015 and even 2017 because of an electrical problem that might render your lighting system unusable.

According to some papers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), water can enter the wire harness of the GW250, travel along wiring and enter the rear brake light switch which will eventually corrode.

The corrosion may cause a short circuit, melting the circuit-protection fuse and cutting the power to both the headlight, taillight and brake light. How is that very dangerous you ask?

Well, imagine you’re riding and your lights are gone without you noticing. Next, comes a stop, so you start braking, but the distracted driver behind you isn’t aware that you are braking because your stoplight isn’t working and he/she is too bothered reading that text message to notice their vehicle is moving faster than yours. They brake too late and rear-ends you spoiling a perfectly fine day and probably sending you to the hospital.

The recall affects 1,890 units in the US, so if you have one from the model years mentioned above, you should contact your Suzuki dealership to assess the situation. The technicians will install you a new brake light switch assembly along with water protection cover if you haven’t one installed already.

Suzuki first received a report about this problem in August 2012 in China. The second one came in January 2013, this time from Japan, and until October 2014, the number of field reports reached 28, leading the company to add a water protection cover on the main wiring harness connector.

But that didn’t stop the problem, as in April 2016, the company received yet another complaint, this time involving a GW250 that was already fitted with the protective cover.
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