CB500X, CB500R Motorcycles Recalled by Honda

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TORRANCE, Calif. – American Honda Motor Company is recalling certain model-year 2019-2020 CB500X and 2019-2020 CB500R, ABS motorcycles due to a potential fault in the manufacturing of the ABS (anti-lock brake system) modulator which could lead to a loss of ABS operation.

The recall affects 262 motorcycles, with the CB500X constituting the majority of the recall population (234 units).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-690 “Excessive grease was applied to the O-ring of the reservoir piston of the ABS modulator [during its manufacture]. After continued use, foreign matter may adhere to the grease, which can be pinched in the check valve during braking and cause brake fluid to leak.

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“If this occurs, the braking distance (without ABS activation) will increase, increasing the risk of a crash.”

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The remedy requires inspection by an authorized Honda Powersports dealer and, if necessary, replacement, for free, of the ABS modulator.

Dealers have already been notified as to the recall; owners are scheduled to be notified beginning Oct. 29th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.