Piaggio has recalled 14 affected variants of the Aprilia brand in the United States pertaining to a brake pad issue. The Aprilia motorcycle affected by the recall is 2017-2018 Aprilia RSV4 RF, 2017-2020 Aprilia RSV4 RR, 2017-2020 Aprilia Tuono RF and 2017-2020 Aprilia Tuono RR. Piaggio will be notifying the owners about the recall and is expected to begin by 22 May 2020. The motorcycles affected by the recall will have their brake pads changed by the authorised dealerships free of cost.
The brake pads are susceptible to corrosion and high corrosion factors in the environment could lead to affect the adhesion material used in the brake pads which can detach from the backplate and cause a diminishing effect in the brake leading to a sudden loss of control that can put the rider and the vehicle in harm’s way. The diminished brake effect can be caused without any preceded warning which can lead to increased braking distance that could cause a crash and injury to the rider.
The brake pads installed on these bikes are said to be procured from the component manufacturer Brembo and models using the front brake pads bearing Piaggio Part Number 2B003222 or Brembo Part Number 107.9882.36 could be affected. The affected motorcycles will receive replacement brake pads with part number 2B008009 (Piaggio Part Number) 07.9882.39 (Brembo Part Number) on the front brake through the dealership at no cost to the customer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,287 motorcycles have been affected by the recall. The brand has not yet revealed if the Aprilia models sold in India are affected by the recall.
In related news, Triumph Motorcycles in the United States has recalled 3,691 units which include the Triumph Street Triple RS, Tiger 1200 XCx and Tiger 1200 XCA, Speed Triple S and Speed Triple RS, Tiger 1200 XRT, Tiger 1200 XR, Tiger 1200 XRx and Tiger 1200 XRx LRH and Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition and Tiger 1200 Desert Edition motorcycles manufactured between 2018 to 2020, for faulty brake pad component.