Two motorcycle manufacturers are recalling bikes for a similar problem.  Both Triumph and Ducati are recalling certain models because corrosion may cause the bike’s front brake pads to detach from their mounting plates.  The loss of a brake pad is not an insignificant issue.

In the case of Triumph, the list of affected models is long and contains models from 2018 through 2020.  In the case of Ducati, the recall affects only a single model, but a rather exclusive one.

Recalled Triumphs

2017 Ducati Superleggera

Both Ducati and Triumph are experiencing similar supplier problems for this recall. Image credit: Triumph

The list of recalled Triumph Motorcycles is as follows:

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S)
TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE RS 2018 – 2019
TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE S 2019 – 2020
TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE RS 2018 – 2020
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 ALPINE 2020
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 DESERT 2020
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XCA 2018 – 2020
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XCX 2018 – 2020
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XR 2018 – 2019
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XRT 2018 – 2019
TRIUMPH TIGER 1200 XRX 2018 – 2019
TRIUMPH XRX (LRH) 2018 – 2019

Triumph says in all, 3,691 machines are affected.

Recalled Ducati

Ducati logo

Both Ducati and Triumph are experiencing similar supplier problems for this recall. Image credit: Ducati

As for the Ducati recall, the effects only its 2017 1299 Superleggera (Superlight).  The Superleggera is a very exclusive machine and the recalled number reflects that exclusivity.  Only 97 machines are being recalled.

2017 Ducati Superleggera

The exclusive 2017 Ducati Superleggera 1299 is also recalled. Photo credit: Ducati

Interestingly, it seems that the issue stems from a single brake pad manufacturer.  According to the NHTSA defect reports for both makes of machine, the root cause, and failure mechanism is the same for both brands.  From the NHTSA defect report:

The brake pad manufacturer has advised that the root cause is linked to the
following factors: (i) a high concentration of Nickel in the compound does not
favour the sintering process on the backing plate and consequently causes a
reduction of the adhesive area percentage; (ii) a high porosity of the compound
that allows infiltration of salt and water at the interface between the compound
and backing plate; and (iii) micro-fractures on the backing plate copper surface which promotes the penetration of salt and water. As a result, the level of
corrosion of Front Brake Pads is higher than the maximum acceptable
standard. This may result in high corrosion of the Front Brake Pads and, as a
consequence, the detachment from the backing plate during vehicle use,
specifically in corrosive environment.

The failure may occur without any warning to the driver.

Yikes!

Single supplier’s defective brake pads

The defect reports also reveal that Brembo notified both Triumph and Ducati that the pads were provided by is supplier, Tungaloy and that Tungaloy says all of its brake pads manufactured since 2016 should be recalled.

It’s not clear from these two reports whether Tungaloy pads were used in other makes and models of motorcycles and whether additional recalls will be forthcoming.

Both Triumph and Ducati say that it will notify owners and dealers will replace the front brake pads free of charge.  Ducati’s recall will commence on June 20, 2020.  Triumph has not yet set a date for the beginning of its recall.

Owners may contact the respective manufacturers as follows:

  • Triumph:  Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010 and should cite Triumph recall number SRAN 579.
  • Ducati:  Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446 and should cite Ducati’s recall number SRV-RCL-20-001.

Finally, owners can find further information at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.  NHTSA’s recall number for Triumph machines is 20V236000 while the NHTSA recall number for Ducati is 20V232000.

Be safe out there!

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