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Triumph recalls new Rocket 3 over brake problems

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Triumph Motorcycles America has issued a recall for 1,241 units of the Triumph Rocket 3 in the North American market. According to the NHTSA, the models affected by the recall are the 2020-2021 Triumph Rocket 3 GT, 2020-2021 Triumph Rocket 3 R and the 2020-2021 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC. 

The brand has recalled certain model which may have an issue with its braking system that could reduce the braking capacity of the motorcycle leading to an increased risk of a crash leading to injuries to the rider and other road users. Some models of the Triumph Rocket 3 may have a small amount of air in the ABS modulator. 

According to reports published by the NHTSA, the models equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) were manufactured using a rear brake fluid fill that does not conform with the quality standards and this could cause a small amount of air to be introduced into the braking system which could be trapped into the ABS modulator. 

The presence of air in the ABS modulator may overtime reduce the braking effectiveness on some ABS-equipped models. If the braking efficiency goes un-noticed it may increase the risk of a crash. Users may notice a longer brake pedal travel with decreased force when applying the rear brake. It is important to note that no crash, injuries or deaths have been reported at this time pertaining to the recall. 

The recall population has been determined by a review of factory records and it is estimated that only 1% of the total number of motorcycles recalled by the company may be affected by the issue. As a remedy, dealers will carry out a rear brake fluid bleed procedure on the affected models and no parts need to be changed. The report also suggests that an improved bleed process in the manufacturing line has also been introduced. 

It is estimated that dealers in the North American market will notify customers for the remedy and the notification is estimated to be sent by 16th December 2020.