KTM Recalls Certain 790 Adventure Motorcycles

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America has agreed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall certain 2019 and 2020 KTM 790 Adventure and KTM 790 Adventure R motorcycles which might suffer from rear-brake failure due to brake-hose overheating.

The potential number of vehicles covered by the recall are 3,164 motorcycles built in KTM’s Amherst, Ohio plant between Feb. 14 and Dec. 2, 2019. NHTSA estimates 1 percent of the covered vehicles might be affected by the defect.

The problem, according to the NHTSA campaign (20V-198), “Insufficient heat transfer between the hose and the metal fitting that mounts to the rear brake caliper . . . “ could result in the rear brake hose overheating. The material deviation could lead to a failure of the rear brake system.

If the rear brake system fails, braking-system effectiveness would be reduced.

Official KTM dealers will install a new rear-brake line with a longer metal fitting and copper sealing rings free of charge (or reimburse any customers who had already paid for such repairs).

KTM was scheduled to begin notifying dealers April 6th and is scheduled to begin notifying customers June 1st.

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.