Brembo-Gate Update… It’s official! Global Recall on the PR16 Master Cylinder

Hi, Motorraddicts.

So as promised we’ve been keeping a close eye on the Brembo faulty PR16 master cylinder issue.    As stated in our last 2 posts (click here for the first one, click here for the second one) even though some media outlets were speculating that the recall was only in the US, we had a strong feeling that it was a global one.

Our main reasoning was that it made no sense for Brembo to make the PR16 MC with a plastic piston for the US market but then ship it out with a better one for the rest of the world.  Manufacturing efficiencies, and cost saving measures usually mean they all come off one line and then get shipped out to the various manufacturers.

This week, #Brembo has made it official.  The recall is global, (click here to read their official position announcement on their website)  which says:

Brembo SpA, a leader in the production of disc brake systems for vehicles, following the recent publication of some articles by the international press, mentioning wrong information, points out that:

– Thanks to the constant quality monitoring over its production processes, it has uncovered the possibility of defects to the piston of the front radial master cylinder (diameters 15mm and 16mm), sold between 2015 and 2017 and mounted on some motorcycle models.

– The only manufacturers affected are: 
Aprilia 
Ducati 
KTM 
MV Agusta 
TM Racing 
Moto Morini
Horex

– The recall does not affect other manufacturers nor other master cylinders, or master cylinders sold as Aftermarket kits through the Brembo distribution network. 

Brembo promptly informed the manufacturers of the problem so that the owners of the aforementioned bikes could be informed and invited to have the part replaced at the nearest dealership. ​

SO! if you own a late model #Triumph, #KTM, #Aprilia, #Ducati or other brand produced from 2015 onwards, that has the M50 Calipers on it, then its likely you also have the suspect PR16 MC mated with it.    So even if your dealer network does not know about the recall, they will soon.   Brembo has also said that only OEM PR16s are at issue and aftermarket MC kits are not affected.

Owners in the US have already known about the recall but now European owners are starting to get their letters, like this one from one bike owner that posted a pic of it on Facebook.

Since the MC failure can cause a very dangerous situation while riding (read our last post with a good explanation here), We highly recommend you contact your dealer and advise them to get updated on the matter.  If you haven’t had the unit replaced under a recall and are going out on a spirited ride, then be wary and take it easy on those brakes!

Until next time, stay upright and keep that throttle hand strong!
Cheers

Ronno!

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#Brembo #PR16 Master Cylinder #Brake #Recall Update

#BREMBO MC RECALL UPDATE 
Brembo PR16

Hello, Fellow Addicts!

As promised, we’ve been keeping an eye on developments related to the #Brembo Master Cylinder #recall

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the reported fault seems to indicate that under heavy braking pressure, such as heavy braking during mountain carving, or track days, the plastic internal piston Brembo decided to use in the PR16 Model, may crack.  The PR16 MC is usually mated with the M50 Caliper.

Brembo has admitted that they used a ‘polyphenylene sulphide’ plastic piston and for now they are agreeing to replace the US recalled units with an aluminium version.  There is no word from Brembo on recalls in other countries.

As mentioned in our last post on the issue, should the piston crack, front brake pressure will be lost and brake fluid can also leak out of the unit and spill onto the bike.  We all know what brake fluid can do to a nice paint scheme!

Here is a crude schematic of a motorcycle master cylinder.  They vary in design slightly from one bike to another, however this should give you an idea of what this piston (circled in red) looks like.

Those of you watching know that so far the recall is only in the US.    However, due to the potential danger, affected owners in the UK, Canada and Australia are understandably worried.

Some other media outlets have speculated that perhaps Brembo only used the plastic piston in the PR16 MC’s destined for the US market and sent aluminium piston equipped PR16 units out to the rest of the world.    That could be possible.   However relaying on this speculation could be quite costly for potentially affected owners.   After all, failure of the PR16 could spell serious injury or worse.

The fact is, these things are mass produced on an assembly line.  Efficiencies and cost usually dictate that the same internal parts are used in the same unit regardless of where it is going.  Brembo likely used the plastic part to save costs, since moulding plastic is far cheaper than using aluminum.

Unless there is a law within the country it is being shipped to which dictates that part must be of a certain quality or material design, manufacturing efficiencies dictate keeping the units identical.  So our more conservative guess is that its likely that all the PR16 MCs are made the same way.

So it is a global problem, why only a US recall right now?  Well, when it comes to recalls, how they are done depends on the country.  The US has a centralized National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) and they have a centralized their recall system, and that system works very quickly, and mandates that all manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of the part in question immediately address the issue.  In other words they have a strong legal mechanism to sort the issue out fast.

Other jurisdictions often don’t have that and rely on the manufacturer and distributors to make their own announcement about the product and deal with remedies as they see fit.   So in Australia for example, owners would have to wait until the distributors for #Ducati #KTM #Aprilia and #Triumph to consult with the manufacturers in England, Austria, and Italy, and wait until they are given the word that a recall is in play.  Then they would have to send word to the dealers or issue letters to affected owners to get the bikes in.

 

When you have different companies with different internal protocols at play, and a recall system is not centralized, then news may come at different times.

Further, until the distributors are officially told about a recall, they will simply say there isn’t one in play.  Why?  Well, they can’t speak for Brembo, or the manufacturer.  They don’t have that authority.  They are limited to passing on information from their upstream and not contradicting it.

Also… In the crazy world of litigation, if a company knows about an issue (for example an employee of a dealer or distributor) and admit to it, but don’t do anything about it and a loss is suffered (money, injury, death) then that company would be held liable, since they ‘knew’ of the issue and the courts may rule they had a duty to resolve it.   So for this reason as well, the official word has to be kept.  Even if there are murmurs behind closed doors in the mechanics bay.

In short, while we cannot be sure that the PR16 on worldwide bikes is at issue, we at Motorraddicts think that potentially affected owners should be wary of the problem and keep themselves updated.

So if your bike lands in this list, or you upgraded your MC, or your bike is equipped with the M50 Caliper, then keep an eye out, inquire with your dealers, and if you are really interested have a licensed mechanic open the MC up at your next service and see if the piston is made of plastic.

The USA recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000) says that the following models are affected.  (This recall is yet to be updated with the Triumph or KTM data)

  • 2016 and 2017 Aprilia RSV4s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati 1299 STD / 1299 S / 1299 FE / 1299 SL produced from March 16, 2015 to September 22, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Monster 1200 S / Monster 1200 R produced from March 04, 2015 to October 23, 2017;
  • 2015 Ducati Monster 1200R
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Multistrada S / Multistrada PP produced from March 16, 2015 to October 31, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Panigale R produced from March 16, 2015 to June 20, 2017;
  • 2017-2018 Ducati Scrambler 800 Cafe Racer produced from March 01, 2017 to November 20, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati XDiavel S produced from January 12, 2016 to September 08, 2017.

For Aprilia Owners it seems that the Noale factory is indeed issuing a recall for their European bikes.   If you want to check if yours is affected, visit this link and enter your VIN number for confirmation.

http://static.piaggio.com/recall/form-aprilia_en.html

We will try and keep you updated on the issue as things progress.  Until then stay upright, and keep your throttle hand strong!

Cheers

Ronno – Motorraddicts.com #Like #Follow #Share

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Extended Helmet Therapy

It’s 11:42PM, in Maitland NSW. Hugo is snoring like a freight train in the bed next to mine. Where the fuck are my ear plugs? Oh! wait.. I have a bottle 8% Ginger Joe’s Ginger Beer.  That’ll satisfy the thirst and make me not care about the human chainsaw, and help me to forget about my sore muscles 🙂   Drinking it on my own because Dan and Ben are in the next room with the lights off.  Me? I can’t sleep so, peck away at this keyboard by LCD light I shall!

Anyway..   18 minutes until day 2 of our trip from Brisbane/Gold Coast QLD to Phillip Island for the 2017 MotoGP comes to a close. Day 3 starts tomorrow, when we wake up early (not as early as Hugo.  Some of us are human and need more sleep that isn’t snore filled)   We just had an epic day of riding and covered 450 some odd k’s, including heading down Thunderbolts way (part of the Australia’s New England High Country.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolts_Way).  Of course, we obeyed the speed limit at all times, Officer Rod Updeinenarsch!   How could you suggest otherwise!  You and your brethren can give us all the dirty looks you like as we roll past.  Really I know you are just jealous, even if you don’t understand it, or admit it to yourselves.  No revenue for you! Not this time! sorry 🙁

This 15 day trip has been brewing in the brain for at least 2 years.  Yep, I’ve got the nomads blood in me! Sitting still for an extended length of time, really gets me antsy!   I bet my ancestors were on horseback, hoofs thundering through the hills in search of the next adventure.  Maybe that is just what I tell myself so that I can justify my addiction to motorcycles.   Either way, the desire is there, and if I don’t give in, I become a very cranky and irritable bastard!   Just ask my wife!

I do get away for 2 day escapes here and there to keep my insanity in check, but I’ve been feeling the call to throw a bunch of things into a bag, climb onto my bike and disappear into the hills on an extended trip;  rolling into small towns, eating in places we’ll probably never visit again, and sleeping in a different bed every night; spending time winding the throttle of our bikes until the RPMs howl while hearing the exhaust note echo through the hills as we scream down the road (yes yes, at the speed limit, Officer Rod).

So finally this year, the motorcycle gods heard my silent calls and blessed me with the time to fuck off into the great wide open, and as it happens they also blessed my above mentioned nomadic compañeros with the same.  Originally it was 6 of us that wanted to go along, but 2 were robbed of the glory.  So in the end 4 of us carefully planned our escape across 3 Australian states and one territory, in search of winding roads, petrol stations with 98 Octane and motorcycle racing glory that is the MotoGP.   We left Saturday morning!

Ahh finally some time to get centred; to find some peace and tranquility! My bike, my helmet and my thoughts!

Some of you inherently get that, but others? You scratch your heads and ask: ‘how the fuck does anyone find relaxation and mindfulness by wrapping ones legs around a motor and 2 wheels while barrelling down the hill at adrenalin fuelled breakneck speed, with only leathers and a helmet, skirting certain death and infamy as an organ donor?’   Surely thats just some crazy shit, that can be diagnosed using the DSM manual and cured with medication right?

Nope! It’s true it can ACTUALLY reduce stress and make you happier in the long run.   Don’t believe me? OK.. let me drop some science on you non-believers!  According to the Ryuta Kawashima Laboratory of the Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer at Tohoku University.”Incorporating motorcycle riding into daily life improves various cognitive functions (particularly prefrontal cortex functions) and has positive effects on mental and emotional health such as stress reduction.”

Wait.. What? They make you smarter!?  But but but it’s so dangerous!  You could die!  Ok…. sure, that is true. It’s dangerous!  But so is walking across a busy street, smoking a cigarette, posting extremist political shit on Facebook, eating too much crap at your local cheap Chinese buffet or visiting McDonalds more than 3x a year!

Yep, improved cognitive function!  AND!!!… get this.  It can bring you tranquility and allow for some self exploration!  Now this isn’t a novel idea.  It’s been around for quite a while now.  Seriously! Ever heard of the book by Persig (RIP) called ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’?   Yes?  Did you read it? If no to either of those questions then, shame on you!  Download it here! and relieve yourself of your risk averse misconceptions!  You’ll thank me!     If you don’t then WTF are you doing here reading this blog anyway? We are way to different, and anything I say will just sound like gibberish to you.  Stop wasting your time and go crochet sometime would ya!?  Don’t forget to pick up a big mac on the way home ok?

So.. Those that are still here……..    Science!…. Motorcycles might kill you, but riding them has been proven to make you smarter!  They will make you happy! They will help you to better deal with stress, because yes life is stressful, that shit isn’t going to change!  Not in our day and age!  But think about it for a second.  If you are happy and able to cope with stress better, then maybe you will be a nicer person to those around you!? hmmm? hmmm? See!  a bit of altruism there!  Anyway, google that stuff!  Check out that cool rabbit hole! I’m not preaching anymore! If you are already converted, then go get on your bike, or buy one, borrow one!  Hell get on a scooter! FFS! Go Zen out!

As for me, I know this to be true…  riding clears my head, I can have the shittiest week ever! Go from one royal fuck around to the next but if I get on my bike and go for a ride, helmet on face, wind rushing past, my mind gets quiet!  I’m in whats called the here and now! It’s momentary zen!  My blood pressure actually goes down!  Yeah… I’m in my 40’s and have to think about that shit!   No doc is writing this guy a scrip for statins! Hell no!

Fuck!  Lucky me!  13 more days of this, and a world class motorcycle race parked right in the middle 🙂 Fuck yeah!

Anyway, its late!  Ginger Joe has worked his magic, my battery is at 4%, and Hugo stopped snoring.. I better get some sleep before he starts again!  Got another awesome day of riding! More mountain ranges, the thrum of my V4 Aprilia, while I quick shift through the gears, flying past amazing scenery, having good laughs and good times, and collecting stories to tell later!  Gotta savour that shit! 🙂

Until next time!  Keep your throttle hand strong and stay upright!

Ronno.

 

 

Our filtering behavior

Here, on the land of koalas, kangaroos and “oh crap I didn’t know I was a dual-citizen” politicians, most of our states have finally decided to legalize what most mottorraddicts have been doing for most of their riding lives: filtering.

I’m not going to discuss (this time) what I think of each of the different aberrations… pardon… implementations of the filtering laws in each state (never-mind the fact that they are different per se).

What I would like to point out are a few facts that “we” (the blokes and gals on two wheels) seem to forget while taking advantage of that privilege:

  • Most people on cars don’t like you, the fact they are stuck in traffic and most certainly the fact that you are not.
  • Most people on cars aren’t aware that you are coming in-between vehicles or in the emergency lane.
  • A lot of these folk are not aware that filtering is legal and they most certainly do not know the specifics of the rules.
  • A small percentage of them are just absolute idiots that have no place on the road (and that’s ok because a small percentage of “us” are just idiots that have no place on the road).

I think most of you agree with this facts.

Having that into account, taking into consideration the risks associated with the task (to filter) and the benefits for all of us if we can reduce the percentage of drivers in the categories above, it strikes me as… let’s call it short-sighted the behavior we sometimes produce while filtering.

Instead of trying to point out all the things that you might be doing that annoy the drivers, I thought I would put down a small list of things that might put us all in a better light:

  • When a driver moves to the side to give you some room, give him a courtesy nod or a wave. We all like some positive reinforcement.
  • Filter at a small speed differential from the cars around you. Not only that will save you from being the next star on the latest youtube video named “Mum, I butt-raped a van!” it will prevent you from scaring the crap out of drivers that are not expecting you.
  • Indicate when moving from behind vehicles to filter and to/from the emergency lane.
  • Avoid snaking around between lanes. You are already faster than those poor folk on their cage-mobiles. No need to show them your Gymkhana skills.
  • Check your mirrors regularly for other riders while filtering. Let them go by if they are of the impatient kind.
  • Finally, if you find an idiot obstructing you, wait patiently and ignore him. A confrontation of any sorts is what he’s looking for and any of those episodes of road-rage just serve to stress you and everyone around you. Nobody likes stress.

Happy commute.