Faulty Connecting Rods Recall Aprilia RSV4 Fleet

02/02/2010 @ 6:02 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

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.

Source: NHTSA

  • johnrdupree

    Oh, wow, that’s going to be a big tab. I can only imagine Piaggio will be passing most of it along to the rod supplier.

  • pod6

    yeah. ouch. I agree that the rod supplier should take it in the pants. that will help them remember how to straighten a rod.

    its a shame that this will bring a premature halt to the enjoyment for so many aprilia fans. hopefully their needs are taken care of and they are soon riding high again.

  • netjustin

    Aprilia had no problem getting Biaggi’s rod properly straightened. Humbug.