Canada’s last official motorcycle recall for 2017 was a brake cylinder on late-model Ducatis, but it wasn’t exactly Ducati’s fault, and it might be an indicator of a busy recall season this winter.
The recall on several Ducati models (2015-2018 Ducati 1299, Multistrada S, Multistrada PP, Monster 1200, Panigale R, XDiavel S, Scrambler 800) was for a front brake master cylinder. That brake cylinder was manufactured by Brembo. As per the recall, “On certain motorcycles, a crack within the polyphenilene sulphide (PPS) piston of the front brake master cylinder could occur. This could result in the master cylinder to not be able to generate sufficient hydraulic pressure.”
Insufficient hydraulic pressure is a Very Bad Thing in a front brake, hence the recall on the models equipped with Brembo’s PR16 front brake cylinder.
Ducati was the first manufacturer to undergo a Canadian recall thanks to the Brembo PR16 brake master cylinder, but it might not be the last. In the US, some Aprilia models also face a recall, and KTM is also expected to announce a similar recall, Asphalt & Rubber reports. The PR16 is often used in conjunction with the Brembo M50 monobloc caliper, and as this setup is used on some Japanese bikes as well, we’d also expect to see them recalled, if Canada follows the US in this issue.