New York – Piaggio Group Americas. Inc. has recalled various Moto Guzzi and Aprilia motorcycles due to braking issues that will cause the bikes to unexpectedly slow down or stop.
Included in the recall are the following models:
- 2016-2018 Moto Guzzi Audace 1400 and Eldorado 1400
- 2017-2018 Moto Guzzi California 1400
- 2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Bagger
- 2013-2014 Aprilia Mana 850
- 2014-2016 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750
- 2018-2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
- 2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 motorcycles
- 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
Piaggio says up to 1,701 motorcycles are affected by the recall.
The recall was triggered due to a problem with the front brake master cylinder that may cause the front brake to drag or apply, causing the motorcycle to unexpectedly slow down or stop completely without activating the rear brake light.
The defect notice describes the cause of the problem and recall this way, “The front brake master cylinder may not have sufficient ineffective lever stroke (ineffective stroke = initial part of the lever stroke which does not cause braking effect).”
It goes on to describe the warning symptoms that may indicate the problem: “If the vehicle is stopped it will be difficult to move by hand with the gearbox in the neutral position. If the vehicle is running it will progressively slow down or will require opening the throttle to maintain speed.”
Piaggio will notify owners [of the recall], and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the front brake master cylinder free of charge. The recall was expected to begin August 13, 2019. Owners may contact Piaggio customer service at 1-212-380-4433. Piaggio’s number for this recall is PA2ZZQ1904.
Owners affected by the Moto Guzzi and Aprilia recalls may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov . The NHTSA campaign number is 19V561000.