Now the fourth motorcycle manufacturer (1, 2, & 3) to issue a recall because of issues with its fitted Brembo brake master cylinder, KTM has the dubious task of informing 2,361 KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2015-2018) and KTM 1290 Super Duke GT (2016-2018) owners.
Like the other recalls before it, this one stems from certain 15mm and 16mm radial-pump brake master cylinders that have been fitted as an OEM part to a slew of high-performance motorcycles.
Because of a manufacturing defect, the plastic piston on these master cylinders – made from a polyphenylene sulphide polymer – may crack and brake under heavy load, severe ABS engagement, and/or during a tip-over.
As is being done with Aprilia, Ducati, and MV Agusta, KTM says that it will notify affected owners, and its dealers will replace the piston with an aluminum one, free of charge.
KTM’s recall is expected to begin March 9, 2018. Concerned KTM owner’s may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090.
According to Brembo’s rather terse statement about the issue, this recall does not affect any aftermarket parts. We also expect to hear from a couple more brands about their similar recall efforts, namely TM Racing, Horex, and Moto Morini.
We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.