Brace Yourselves For A (Potentially) Massive Brembo Brake Recall
It Only Affects Aprilia Motorcycles At The Moment, But This Brembo Brake Recall Could Be Huge
Updated August 24, 2018
While the notice only mentions Aprilia models at the moment, we’re expecting this Brembo brake recall to affect a wide range of brands and models – so get ready for it! First things first though, if you happen to be the proud owner of a 2016 – 2017 Aprilia RSV4 of any kind, or a 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100, you’ll be the first to get the recall treatment. But even if you’re not an Aprilia owner, this Brembo brake recall could very well affect you.
Brembo Brake Recall Imminent
The reason for the recall is down to a defective part inside Brembo’s PR16 radial master cylinder unit – the same master cylinder that is often partnered with Brembo M50 calipers. The internal piston of the PR16 unit can crack, which could lead to a pretty nasty front brake failure. The reason the piston may crack is down to the materials used in its construction and after heavy usage – either under heavy braking on a race track, or regular ABS intervention, or even a physical jolt after dropping the bike or similar – the piston has been known to crack. Naturally, if you’ve got a cracked piston then there’s a good chance that your front brakes won’t engage properly, which isn’t ideal.
Fortunately, Brembo have managed to work out what property of the piston was making it crack, and they’ve identified that a certain plastic (polyphenylene sulphide) has been causing the problems. To solve the problem Brembo will be replacing the plastic piston with an aluminum one and that should remedy the situation. For now, Brembo are recalling 2016 & 2017 Aprilia RSV4s and 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100s fitted with a Brembo kit. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at least 1% of the 1,800 Aprilia units involved will show signs of a problem.
But there’s more. While Aprilia is the only brand being recalled, it’s worth noting that the same braking arrangement is often used on other manufacturer’s sports bikes, such as on KTM and Ducati machines. While there’s no confirmation that a recall will happen, it seems highly likely. So stand by your beds. Also, if you’ve added Brembo brakes as an aftermarket part, you might want to take a look at your piston. Luckily, the PR16 isn’t a regular aftermarket option.
If you’re an Aprilia owner, then your local Aprilia dealer will replace the front master cylinder free of charge. To get the full details, contact Aprilia’s customer service on 1-212-380-4433. The recall is expected to begin on January 15th 2018.