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Suzuki SA explains GSX recall

2013-10-24 11:50

BACK FOR THE BRAKES: Certain Suzuki models, inlcuding the GSX-R750, are being recalled to fix a front-brake problem. Image: Supplied

Suzuki is recalling 210 228 motorcycles in the US because their front brakes might not work properly but the overall recall is much wider than just the US.

A spokesperson for Suzuki SA said 3100 local machines would be affected and, after getting details from the parent company in Japan, explained exactly what had gone wrong and what was being done about it.

The recall involves GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 motorcycles from the 2004 through 2013 model years and GSX-R1000 units from the 2005 through 2013 model years. There are 3100 of these units in South Africa.

Suzuki says there have been no injuries related to the defect.


Errol Quan Chai, technical manager for Suzuki South Africa, told Wheels24 the fault had two main causes, one of them attributable to owners - though Suzuki was picking up the tab. Apparently failing to replace the brake fluid at recommended intervals allowed the fluid - which is intensely hygroscopic - to absorb moisture and cause corrosion in the brake cylinder.

This process generates gas, which is compressible in the cylinders and so reduces available brake pressure - increasing the likelihood of a crash, collision or fall.

Suzuki Motor America will notify owners starting in November 2013. Dealers will replace the front brake's master cylinder for free. Suzuki SA has ordered the necessary parts and the repair/replacement will be done at no cost to the current owners of the bikes.

If you own one of the machines named above, Wheels24 suggests you call your local Suzuki dealer. Soon.

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