Royal Enfield Himalayan produced between 2017-2021 recalled for brake issues

Royal Enfield has notified the US NHTSA regarding 4,891 units of the Himalayan that were manufactured between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2021. Th
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The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been recalled for brake caliper corrosion in the US, UK, Europe, South Korea and Japan
The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been recalled for brake caliper corrosion in the US, UK, Europe, South Korea and Japan

Royal Enfield has issued a recall for the Himalayan adventure tourer and the 650 Twins in the US for possible brake issues. The manufacturer has notified the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding 4,891 units of the Royal Enfield Himalayan manufactured between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2021. These examples could experience poor braking performance or loss of braking completely, as per the company. Please note the recall does not extend to the Himalayan models sold in India.

In its notification, Royal Enfield said that the brake calipers could corrode due to the salt used to treat the roads in winter. This could lead to a “decrease or total loss of brake function." The owner will need to thoroughly clean each brake caliper after exposure to avoid corrosion. The company said that the potential defect may cause unusual or increased brake noise when applying brakes. It could also lead to a burning smell near the calipers, while the bike would feel like it's dragging when you attempt to accelerate. The Himalayan will also feel difficult to push manually.

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The recall affects the Royal Enfield Himalayan units produced between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2021
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The recall affects the Royal Enfield Himalayan units produced between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2021

Royal Enfield India has also issued a statement in the same regard, which reads, “As part of the precautionary service intervention, Royal Enfield has undertaken a similar measure in the US and currently, the motorcycles sold during the period March 2017 and February 2021 will undergo replacement of the brake calipers free of cost. The precautionary service intervention for brake caliper replacement in markets across Europe, UK and Korea is underway. This is pertinent to only countries where roads are treated with specific salts to melt the ice during winter. This is not applicable to motorcycles sold in India."

Royal Enfield’s braking component suppliers Bosch (for ABS) and Brembo (for brake calipers) helped deduce the issue and Brembo has recommended using anodised calipers to combat the corrosion. The manufacturer received the feedback about the potential issue only in the UK but decided to extend the recall in the US and other markets including Europe and South Korea where salt is used to clear ice on roads in winter. The recall will extend to Europe, the UK, South Korea and Japan, as per the notification.

As part of the remedy, dealers will replace the front and rear brake calipers free of charge on the recalled units of the Himalayan. If you are a Royal Enfield Himalayan owner in the US, it’s advisable to check with your local dealership about the voluntary recall (recall number - SC-28). With the spring season set to arrive in a few days, more riders would want to get this fixed before hitting the roads again.

First Published Date: 09 Mar 2023, 13:48 PM IST
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