The Ohlins TTX36 recall has struck another OEM with a rear shock defect leading to the recall on the Honda CBR1000RR SP. Announced by regulatory bodies in Japan and Australia, the Honda recall follows the recall on the Yamaha YZF-R1M announced last week in Australia and Canada. There may be more recalls to come, depending on whether the defective Ohlins TTX GP, TTX RT and TTX36 MKII shocks were installed on other OEM motorcycles.
Both the CBR1000RR SP and the R1M come standard with Ohlins rear shocks, one of several upgrades they hold over the less exclusive CBR1000RR and R1. Other models that come with similar suspension include Ducati‘s 1199 Panigale R and 1299 Panigale S, Aprilia RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 Factory and the MV Agusta F4 R, RR and RC. We may see more recalls coming, depending on whether other motorcycles had the faulty batch of shocks installed.
The problem, as described by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the piston rod nut on the affected CBR1000RR SP shocks may not have been correctly tightened and thus may come loose. The description is similar to the previously-announced TTX36 recalls.
The Australian recall announcement did not specify any model years but the Japanese recall includes all models produced from Jan. 30, 2014 to March 16, 2015. In Ohlins’ recall for aftermarket TTX36 shocks, it says the problem was caused by a new method of cleaning the top-out spring guide adopted on Nov. 5, 2013, so it’s likely both 2014 and 2015 models may be affected. We await word on whether a similar recall will be announced for the CBR1000RR or any other models in the U.S. market.
UPDATE: NHTSA has now announced a recall affecting 504 units of the CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP.
[Source: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism]