Brembo brake recall issued in the US for Ducati and Aprilia?

A huge Brembo brake recall has been issued in the US in reference to their popular PR16 radial master cylinder unit commonly paired with Brembo M50 calipers.

Apparently, the internal piston in the master cylinder made out of plastic is prone to cracks which may lead to major brake failure.

The recall for some models from Ducati and Aprilia in the US has been confirmed and Brembo will issue a new aluminium master cylinder piston as replacement.

In reference to a recent report made by Asphalt and Rubber, the gods of braking technology Brembo has officially issued a massive recall on their PR16 radial master cylinder unit which is the master cylinder usually found together with the Brembo M50 calipers.

This particular master cylinder is very popular and has been used in a variety of bikes from multiple brands such as Ducati, Aprilia, KTM and many more. The main issue which has led to this major recall is the internal piston which may develop a crack that may lead to major front brake failure.

The piston in the master cylinder which is made out of polyphenylene sulphide plastic could crack under pressure especially in situations where the bikes are often used in race tracks, frequent ABS interventions or if the bike has taken a tumble or fall to the ground.

Due to its physical properties and how the pistons were actually made, Brembo has decided to issue this recall in which all of the bikes affected will need to replace the plastic piston with an aluminium variant to ensure optimum performance and of course, avoid any failures altogether.

So far, the recall has only affected two major brands which are Aprilia and Ducati. Models such as the Aprilia RSV4 from 2016 and 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100 models have been officially announced in the US. As for Ducati, six models have been identified dating back up to four years in which Ducati North America have recalled roughly around 8,000 units from the 1299 Panigale, Panigale R, Monster 1200, Multistrada 1200 and 1260, X Diavel S, and Scrambler Cafe Racer.

As for Malaysia, there is still no news whether the bikes that have been imported here are affected. If they are, be sure to get a form of notification from the manufacturers in the coming weeks. Until then, do ride safe and get in touch with your bike’s manufacturer to know more.

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