Aprilia USA issued an update to its RSV4 recall today via a press release. New replacement engines have arrived at RSV4-qualified Aprilia dealers, and the company expects certified technicians to complete all work on RSV4 models in customers’ hands within two to three weeks. This recall, reviewed and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has been given the reference number 10V-029.
The recall centers around the connecting rods of the affected engines, which is estimated to number around 335. The manufacturer of the connecting rods was using a process to “straighten the rods in order to meet specifications. This process introduced stresses into the rods which greatly affected strength and reliability”, according to the NHTSA recall document. The world press launch for the RSV4 R model late last year at Mugello was reportedly cancelled in midstride after a handful of test units suffered engine failures while being ridden on the circuit.
“The Aprilia RSV4 is the most technically advanced super bike we’ve developed, and numerous industry awards already underscore the level of excitement about this motorcycle,” said Paolo Timoni, President and CEO, Piaggio Group Americas, in the press release. “That is why we felt it was especially critical to minimize both downtime and inconveniences to our customers, who want nothing more than to unleash their RSV4 on the road. All of us at Aprilia USA are most appreciative of our customers’ continued patience, as well as the great commitment of our Aprilia dealers and technicians to meet our promised completion time.”
Technicians brought to the U.S. from the Aprilia factory in Noale, Italy, have been working around the clock with the Aprilia USA Technical Services Department and dealers to ensure proper installation of the new engines and to expedite the replacement process. As a result, RSV4 owners can expect to get back on the road within two to three weeks.
Aprilia USA will issue a new two-year warranty to owners impacted by the recall, effective after the engine replacement is complete.
The recall, announced last month, affected a limited number of 2010 Aprilia RSV4 motorcycles. While only a small number of production units were involved worldwide, Aprilia and their dealers will be replacing all RSV4 engines on motorcycles delivered to the U.S. market.
Additional information on the RSV4 engine recall can be found at www.apriliausa.com or by contacting your local Aprilia dealer.