Aprilia first with Brembo brake recall

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR brembo brake

Aprilia is the first manufacturer to issue an official safety recall in Australia over a Brembo brake failure that also affects some other European models.

Australian company PS Importers issued the safety recall through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on certain 2015 to 2017 RSV4 1000 and Tuono 1100 (pictured above) models.

The complete list of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)  of affected bikes with the Brembo brake issue is listed at the end of this article.

Known owners will be contacted by mail. However, if the bike has been sold privately to another rider, they may not get the notice. If you know of anyone with those models, please alert them to this article.

Meanwhile, there is no word from any of the other importers about impending recalls over the same issue, despite Brembo brake recalls issued overseas earlier this month.

Aprilia RSV4 brembo brake
Aprilia RSV4

When we contacted PS Importers earlier this month they told us there was no cause for concern.

“Some selected units of MY15-16 Aprilia RSV4 Euro3 models are affected, as well as a very limited number of the Euro 4 MY17 Tuono/RSV4 models,” a spokesman told us.

“The information we have so far only suggests that there may be some increase in stopping distance under very extreme braking conditions.  There is no suggestion of failure or an immediate risk.”

Yet they have decided to issue the formal recall notice.

The fault is possible caressing in the plastic piston inside Brembo PR16 radial master cylinder units. they are being replaced with aluminium pistons.

Brembo statement

Brembo issued a statement that the safety recalls only affect radial master cylinder pistons in 15mm and 16mm diameters produced between 2015 and 2017.

They were supplied to Aprilia, Ducati, KTM, MV Agusta, TM Racing, Moto Morini and Horex.

Horex VR6 safety recalls brembo brake
Horex VR6

The recall does not affect brake master cylinders sold as aftermarket kits through Brembo authorised dealers.

Manufacturers have been informed and owners of motorcycles with brake master cylinders affected by this recall are advised to contact the manufacturer directly for parts replacement.

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities told us they had contacted the Australian distributors of Ducati, Aprilia, Triumph and KTM motorcycles.

The distributor of Triumph motorcycles has advised that no vehicles supplied to the Australian market are affected,” the department says.

“Other distributors are aware of the recently announced recall in the United States and are currently establishing whether voluntary recall action is relevant for vehicles supplied to the Australian market.

“The Department will provide further information on other vehicles supplied by these manufacturers as it comes to hand.”

There is no word yet from Australian distributors of Ducati, MV Agusta or KTM.

Brembo brake fault

Brembo PR16 master cylinder safety recalls brembo brake
Brembo PR16 master cylinder

The fault is believed to be a crack in the internal piston of the PR16 radial master cylinder.

The crack can result from prolonged and hard use such as track work or frequent use of ABS.

Obviously, if it breaks, not only will braking force be diminished, but owners could also end up wth highly corrosive brake fluid leaking over their bike.

Brembo says the problem is with the plastic (polyphenylene sulphide) they used. To fix it, they will replace the plastic piston with an aluminium piston.

Here is the official notice from Brembo about the fault:

The anisotropy of the piston material, in addition to potential porosity introduced during the injection process, could lead to crack generation and thus potential component failure. The failure may occur with no warning to the rider, although a significant loss in brake effectiveness may be an early indicator.

In May, 2017, Ducati received initial information from the field regarding front brake malfunction involving a motorcycle in the European market. During the same month Ducati received a second European front brake malfunction report.

Ducati initiated an investigation and began to jointly conduct an analysis with Brembo, the component manufacturer. In September, 2017, a third European case was discovered. Failure was found to have occurred during race track use in two of the three cases. In November, 2017, the investigation was finalised and the root cause was identified as above. On December 14th, 2017, Ducati determined that a worldwide safety Recall was justified. For subject motorcycles sold in the US, there have been no reports of injuries due to the defect.”

The only previous recall for a Brembo brake fault we could find was an ABS modular in Triumph Street Triple and Daytona models in 2013.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Recall notices are issued by the manufacturer through a voluntary industry code under the ACCC.

Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, none has ever been mandatory.  All have been issued by the manufacturer.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia

• USA

• UK

• New Zealand

• Canada

Affected Aprilia VINs

Recall Description Affected VIN
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0006HS000559
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0005HS000343
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0005HS000164
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0005HS000150
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0004HS000611
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0004HS000561
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0004HS000558
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0004HS000365
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0002HS000560
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0002HS000557
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0002HS000364
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0000HS000556
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0000HS000203
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0000HS000198
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS001655
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS001560
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS001557
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS001428
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS001378
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS000649
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009JS001670
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS001437
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS001292
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS001289
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XJS000702
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XHS000340
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008HS000658
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008HS000563
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008HS000370
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008HS000367
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0007HS000151
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0006HS000657
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0006HS000609
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0005JS001679
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0005HS000770
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004JS001673
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004HS001652
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003JS001678
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003HS001531
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003HS000766
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0002HS000760
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0001HS001558
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0001HS001379
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0000JS001671
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0000HS001650
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009JS001667
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009HS001534
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009HS001405
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009HS000769
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS001654
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS001556
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS001539
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS001430
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS001380
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS000651
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS000648
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0007HS001533
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0007HS001404
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0007HS000768
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006JS001674
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS001653
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000941
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000938
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000759
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000647
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL00XFS000933
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009FS000549
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL006FS001044
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL003GS002721
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL003GS001410
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL003FS000773
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL002GS002564
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL002GS002368
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL002GS001379
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL001GS001406
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002725
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002630
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002370
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002367
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002319
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS001431
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS001364
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0001JS001680
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008JS001675
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XJS001676
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XJS000697
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008JS000701
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL00XGS002313
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009GS002366
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL008GS002312
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL007GS002141
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL006GS001515
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL005GS002137
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL004GS002629
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL004GS002369
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL004GS001514
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL004FS001043
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL00XGS002716
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009GS002710
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009GS002562
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL008GS002035
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL006GS002714
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL005GS002719
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS000163
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA005HS001434
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA004HS001439
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA003HS001433
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS001441
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS001438
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS001360
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS000533
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS001446
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS001440
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS001436
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS001444
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS001430
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS001435
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS001443
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0006HS000366
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0003HS000342
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0002HS000610
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0001HS000341
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0001HS000209
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS000764
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE000XHS000652
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS001356
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS000532
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS000529
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS000191
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS000188
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA000HS000174
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XHS000371
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XHS000211
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XHS000208
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG000XHS000161
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0009HS000149
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0008HS000210
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0007HS000201
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0007HS000165
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0007HS000148
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KG0006HS000562
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0005HS001403
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0005HS001384
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0005HS000946
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004HS001537
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004HS000940
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004HS000937
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0004HS000758
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003HS001559
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003HS001402
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0003HS000945
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0002HS001651
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0002HS000936
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0002HS000757
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0002HS000645
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0001HS001429
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0000HS000756
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009HS000772
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0009HS000755
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS000939
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0008HS000763
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0007HS001385
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS001538
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000762
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KE0006HS000650
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL003GS002718
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL003GS002315
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL002GS002726
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL002FS000893
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL001GS002720
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002711
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL000GS002563
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS001445
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS001347
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS000540
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS000182
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009FS000793
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL00XFS000754
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009GS002139
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL009GS001380
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL008GS001516
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL005GS002140
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4RKL004GS002565
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS000177
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA005HS001370
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA005HS001353
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA005HS000168
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA004HS001442
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA004HS001294
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA004HS000534
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA004HS000176
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA003HS001366
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA003HS000539
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS001357
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS001293
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA002HS000189
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS001432
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS001429
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS001348
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS000538
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA001HS000166
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA00XHS000165
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS001369
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS001355
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS001291
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS000531
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS000190
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS000187
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA009HS000173
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS001363
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS001296
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS000536
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS000181
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS000178
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA008HS000164
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS001368
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS001354
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS001290
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS000186
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS000172
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA007HS000169
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS001295
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS000535
Front Brake Master Cylinder Piston Replacement ZD4KGA006HS000180

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