Recall campaigns can be a source of bad PR for manufacturers, but sometimes a problem comes up that they have little control over. Sometimes a defect affects a component from a third-party supplier so the manufacturer can’t really be blamed for it, yet it still falls upon them to remedy the situation.
Such was the case in a story we broke about a defect found in anti-lock brake modulators produced by Nissin and affecting several different models from multiple manufacturers. One of the world’s biggest suppliers of motorcycle brake components, Nissin produced an ABS unit said to weigh only 631 grams, making it one of the lightest units currently available. It makes sense then that the Nissin ABS proved to be a popular option for many manufacturers.
Unfortunately for the parties involved, a production error by Nissin caused the formation of small aluminum flecks that can interfere with the inlet or outlet check valves in the ABS modulator, compromising ABS function.
The defect led to recall campaigns for several motorcycle makers affecting some of their most popular models. The victims included ABS-equipped versions of the Triumph Street Triple, Speed Triple and Daytona 675, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Suzuki Hayabusa and the Honda CTX700 and CTX700N.