Per an announcement by the NHTSA, it’s now been confirmed that the RSV4’s connecting rods were to blame for Aprilia having to recall 335 RSV4 Factory and RSV4 R motorcycles. The rods, which are supplied by an outside supplier, were straightened using a method that compromised their strength and reliability, and were apparently responsible for not only sidelining an RSV4 track event with the press, but also requiring almost all the RSV4’s sold to-date to be brought in for servicing via this recall.
Piaggio North America is notifying potentially affected RSV4 owners, and will be picking up the tab for what sounds like a complete motor replacement. The recall is expected to begin February 28th, 2010. Concerned owners can contact Piaggio at 212-380-4431.
As always you can also contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or go to safecar.gov for more information.