Victory recalls motorcycles for crankcase defect

Victory Vegas 8 Ball

The maker of Victory Motorcycles is recalling certain models because of a defect with the crankcase that may cause the engine to seize.

Polaris Industries said owners should not ride the recalled bikes until they have been inspected and repaired. The engine could seize unexpectedly, causing the operator to lose control and crash.

The company said the crankcase may have been machined incorrectly causing insufficient clearance between the crankshaft and crankcase.

The recalled models are: model year 2014 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Eight Ball, Hammer Eight Ball, High Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Ness Cross Country, Vegas Eight Ball, Vision, Boardwalk, and 2015 Victory Gunner motorcycles manufactured Jan. 22, 2014, through April 25, 2014.

Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the crankcase clearance, as necessary, free of charge.

Owners can contact Polaris customer service at 1-888-704-5290 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.