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2015-03-26 11:18

BRAKE DEFECT: KTM is recalling its 690 Enduro R (pictured here) and 690 SMC R units due to resolve a rear-brake issue. Image: KTM

MAGTTIGHOFEN, Austria - KTM is recalling 2015 models LC4, 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R units to resolve a rear-brake issue.

The bikemaker also issued a recall for 690 SMC R units (model year 2014 to 2015) to have the spacers checked by a KTM dealer.

KTM discovered during routine testing in ongoing production that the rear anti-lock brake line of the 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R models of model year 2015 has possibly been damaged while mounting the spring band clamps of the engine ventilation tube.


Even without this pre-existing defect a subsequent damage caused by vibrations at the contact point as well as a sudden braking pressure loss with resultant total failure of the rear brake cannot be excluded, said KTM.

It was also found that in some cases shorter spacers on the front wheel of the 690 SMC R of 2014/2015 had been installed, which could lead to damage of the brake disc, fork tubes and ABS sensor, causing the ABS system function to be impaired. In addition, the brake piston could be pushed back from the brake disc, resulting in total failure of the front brakes.

All owners of affected and already delivered vehicles will be informed in writing by KTM. In addition, all owners have the possibility to check online whether their vehicle is affected by going to the KTM website and entering the chassis number (VBK) and the delivery certificate number in the service area block.

The brake line and spacers can only be reviewed by an authorised and qualified KTM Dealer. There will be no charge for the checks or replacement parts.


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