Honda Gold Wing Brake Fault Recall Extended to Even More Bikes

2015 Honda Gold Wing 1 photo
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Even though last year’s Gold Wing recall was believed to have been solved, things are far from being over. In fact, the recall was just extended to more model years, so if you are the not-so-happy-owner of a Honda GL1800 tourer, a visit to your dealer is probably the next thing you want to do.
The defect that triggers this new recall affects the same part that caused the Gold Wing recall last year, the rear brake secondary master cylinder. The campaign number 15V-700, which is an expansion of the campaign 14V-472, will see no less than 145,219 Honda motorcycles passing inspection.

The affected bikes belong to the 2001-2010 and 2012-2015 model year GL1800 series, as well as MY /2001-2005 GL1800A and MY 2013-2015 GL1800B.

Dragging brakes can start a vehicle fire

According to Honda, the check valve orifice of the secondary master cylinder may become blocked by deposits from brake fluid. Honda also mentions that this situation is most likely to occur with very old brake fluid and in the absence of usual brake maintenance.

After pressure builds up in the cylinder upon pressing the brake lever, the clogged check valve orifice may prevent the pressure from releasing when letting the lever go. Honda says that the affected motorcycle may experience unexpected braking or dragging that increase the risk of a crash.

Even worse, prolonged riding with a dragging brake will generate a large amount of heat, and Honda cannot rule out the danger of a vehicle fire.

Customers are advised to check their VINs and/or contact the nearest dealer and schedule a repair. The dealers have been informed and will replace the secondary master cylinder with one that has a modified check valve. They will also replace the rear master cylinder, flush the existing brake fluid and replace it. All the operations are free of charge.
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