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Braking systems seem to be presenting problems for the motorcycle industry as of late. Now, Royal Enfield North America is recalling certain 2017-2021Himalayan motorcycles sold in the US. This recall appears to piggyback on Royal Enfield’s earlier recalls in other countries. In those recalls, the Himalayan, as well as the Continental GT and INT 650, were affected.
Himalayan Safety Recall Report
According to Royal Enfield’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) up to 4,891 motorcycles are subject to this recall.
In the report, Royal Enfield says:
“When the motorcycles within the population at issue are used on roads on which a large quantity of salt has been applied during the winter for melting ice, and if brake calipers are not cleaned thereafter, corrosion of the brake calipers can occur which can cause the brakes to drag or braking performance could be affected or become ineffective.”
“The potential defect may cause unusual and/or increased brake noise when applying brakes, an unusual odor/burning smell near the calipers, a drag feeling when attempting to accelerate, or unusual difficulty in pushing the motorcycle manually. If these warning conditions are not heeded, braking performance could be affected or become ineffective, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.”
Describing the safety risk, Royal Enfield says:
“It was concluded that when motorcycles are used on roads on which a large quantity of salt has been applied during the winter for melting ice, and if brake calipers are not cleaned thereafter, corrosion of the brake calipers can occur which can cause the brakes to drag or become ineffective.”
The supplier of the components included in this recall is as follows:
Name: Brembo Brake India PVT / LTD Chakan Comp
Address: 10 Gaye NO 307
Nanekarwadi Chakan Maharashtra, Foreign States 410501
Description of the Remedy
Royal Enfield will replace non-anodized front and rear brake calipers with anodized ones. The new calipers are more resistant to corrosion. Dealers will perform all repairs free of charge.
To remedy the defect, Royal Enfield will notify dealers and owners of this recall following the below notification schedule:
Planned Dealer Notification Date: February 27, 2023
Planned Owner Notification Date: March 31, 2023
Should owners have any questions, they may contact Royal Enfield customer service at 1-262-617-2129, citing recall SC-28. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), quoting NHTSA Recall 23V-129, or go to& www.nhtsa.gov.