Over 7,000 motorcycles, which includes the Aprilia RSV4 1000, Tuono 1100, Ducati 1299 Superleggera, Triumph Speed Triple S, Street Triple RS, and Tiger 1200, are expected to be affected because of the latest Brembo recall in the US.
When it comes to braking systems for high-end performance motorcycles, Brembo is one of the most popular brands. The Italian manufacturer supplies braking systems to almost all of the leading bike manufacturers and is one of the best when it comes to providing stopping power to these rockets on two wheels.
As good as Brembo’s braking systems are, they aren’t fault-free. In the United States of America, it has come to notice that a certain brake pad component in Brembo’s braking system has an issue, and as a result, bike makers like Aprilia, Ducati, and Triumph have recalled their motorcycles in the States to fix these issues.
According to the country’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fault lies with the front brake pads and there could be ‘detachment of the friction material from the pad plate’, which could result in loss of braking efficiency, longer braking distances, or in worse cases, an accident! Further, the findings from NHTSA conclude that the root cause behind the fault is the high levels of corrosion of the pad material.
In reply, Brembo explains that the defect is caused by a high concentration of Nickel in the pad material, as this makes the compound more porous. This results in water and salt seeping into the pad and causing corrosion.
At the moment, over 7,000 motorcycles in the US are expected to be affected. This includes certain models of 2017-2020 Aprilia RSV4 1000, Tuono 1100, 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera, 2018-2020 Triumph Speed Triple S, Street Triple RS, and Tiger 1200. Apart from the Speed Triple S, all other motorcycles were sold in India as well. However, at the moment, the recall is only limited to the American market.