The recall is related to a brake caliper corrosion-related issue in the Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 and the Himalayan.
Royal Enfield has announced a recall on 15,200 motorcycles across several overseas markets to fix a problem in the braking system in three of the brand’s high-end models. According to a statement by Royal Enfield, a brake caliper corrosion related issue has been discovered in a very small number of motorcycles in some specific countries. Upon investigation, it was found out that this corrosion is brought about by sustained, long-term exposure to riding on roads treated with certain salts, or a combination of salts, to prevent formation of ice during winter.
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The corrosion causes damage to the brake caliper piston bore and assemblies, and can result in unusual braking sound, increased brake drag, and may impact braking action. While this issue has been reported only in a small number of cases, Royal Enfield has decided to undertake a proactive, safety-related service action on the Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 and Himalayan motorcycles sold across geographies where certain salts are used to treat roads, and can potentially cause damage to the brake caliper assemblies.
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“This is a precautionary service intervention, and will be undertaken across the UK, the rest of Europe and Korea. With immediate effect, around 15,200 motorcycles sold in these markets will be called in for inspection, cleaning and part replacement, if required. In a later phase of the service action, as a preventive measure, the caliper assemblies on these motorcycles will be replaced with the improved part, before the end of this year,” the statement from Royal Enfield said.
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While Royal Enfield has not specified the nature of the problem, and why the corrosion may occur, it may be recalled that brake manufacturer Brembo had issued a global recall on its braking systems, more specifically on brake pads due to a high concentration of nickel. That recall on Brembo brakes has already affected several motorcycles across brands, including Triumph, Ducati and Aprilia. While Royal Enfield has not specified that the recall may be linked to the global Brembo recall, it may be pertinent to point out that the Brembo recall is also related to similar corrosion on the calipers, and all three Royal Enfield models affected by the latest recall come equipped with ByBre brakes, Brembo’s Indian-made brand. We have reached out to Royal Enfield if the recall is in any way related to Brembo’s global recall, and if there’s a chance any of the bikes sold in India will also be affected by the issue.