Massive worldwide GSX-R recall

GSX-Rs made since 2004 recalled globally over brake issue

Posted: 18 October 2013
by Visordown News

The 2013 GSX-R1000 is among the models recalled

SUZUKI has launched a massive worldwide recall of GSX-R600s, 750s and 1000s sold since 2004.

The sports bikes are being recalled to fix an issue with the front brake which can lead to a ‘spongy feel’, Suzuki says.

The cause is moisture absorption in the brake fluid, according to the firm. 

The recall affects GSX-R600s and GSX-R750s made since 2004, and GSX-R1000s made since 2005.

The bikes will have their front brake master cylinder replaced free of charge.

Suzuki GB's Denis Houston said: "Investigations into reports of the front brake lever developing a ‘spongy’ feeling over time have revealed the cause to be moisture naturally absorbed by the brake fluid, affecting the return spring inside the master cylinder. As the braking system is safety critical and there are no external indications that corrosion of the spring has begun the brake master cylinder assembly is to be replaced free of charge."

A Suzuki spokesman said he was waiting to learn the number of individual machines affected, but said the UK had been a “big market” for the models.

He said there had been “no incidents” in the UK related to the issue.

A release from the firm said:  ‘Suzuki GB has announced a recall on selected GSX-R models built between 2004 and 2013.

‘Instigated due to a potential issue that can affect the Front Brake Master Cylinder where a 'spongy feel' may develop over time the recall affects GSX-R600, 750 and 1000 models as listed below.

GSX-R600 - K4, K5,  K6, K7, K8, K9, L0, L1, L2 and L3 models

GSX-R750 - K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, L0 , L1, L2, and L3 models

GSX-R1000 - K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, L0, L1, L2 and L3 models’

‘Customers with officially imported road registered machines will be notified via post using DVLA sourced data and advised to contact their local authorised Suzuki dealer to arrange fitment of the replacement components free of charge. Suzuki will also use organisations such as the ACU to reach owners of race and track day bikes.’

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Ouch, that'll cost a bit >.<

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:16

Well that's the return to moto GP on hold for a year while they use the budget to buy 20,000,000,000,000 new master cylinders for everyone.

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:04

Do I smell them avoiding the cost of a class action lawsuit in Merka? Either way, good on them, no dicking around, just get it done.

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 09:19

All credit given to Suzuki for doing the right thing.

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 11:58

Hmmmm my 89 gsxf has spongy brakes hint hint ;-)

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:40

interesting as Suzukis have had reputation for years over the way the brakes feel compared to other Japanese brands....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 08:37

Question is, as my front brake is really good at the moment should I still get it done? That is, if I'm notified...

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 09:58

Fix it.

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 14:26

One of the symptoms is the front master will not unlock or allow fluid to bypass once you apply the brakes. So once you apply the brakes, the front brakes will not release. As you can imagine, it's hard to steer if the front brakes are locked up. I am working on one suit already. If you have this front master, I would do all I could to avoid front brake use until you get updated.

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 17:23

As I read this, the main reason of the recall is moisture within the fluid compromising the return spring, that is, rusting it to the point where it collapses.
Under normal service conditions you should be replacing the brake fluid at least once a year anyways.
Keep in mind most brake fluids are hygroscopic,so what makes this recall so different.
Leave any fluid in a master cylinder for long enough and moisture will damage the internal parts and rust the return spring too.

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:47

I just replaced brakelines with goodridge hoses and racing grade fluid because of spongy brakes, hows that for timing!

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:03

it mentioned the 600 k4,what about the 1000 k4 is this affected??

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 12:26

I just went down in july cuz I could not stop at a stop sign. I pulled thr front brakes and they slowed me but wouldn't stop me pumped and even pulled the lever all the way to the bar. Had to really step on the rears but then that locked the rear wheel up. And through the stop sign I went hitting another sign left or right (<<<<>>>>>) and braking my shoulder blade and tearing ligaments in my shoulder. The brakes front a rear was brand new ebc pads 3 days prior. With the system being flushed an all. Ive been riding since I was 7yrs old and this was a scary situation.

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 21:19

Good luck to us South African guys with a recall...

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:24

Can you supply more information. My husband died on his GSXR 1000 the day before yesterday. Witnesses say he went strait through the turn into a tree. He as been riding forever, there where no skid marks. I cant see him just crashing here.

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:10

Hi The Car Guy
I was really interested in your post about the suzuki recall for brake issues. The recall said it caused spongy brakes and brake failure but it did not say it caused brake lock up.
I am a solicitor in Australia and have a personal injury claim for a fellow who suffered really serious arm injuries from his suzuki - subject to the recall- whose brakes just suddenly locked up when he was riding it. We are having trouble getting info about this being related to the defect referred to in the 2013 recall. So when I saw your blog, I was so happy to see that you have found this a symptom of the recall brake issue.
Would you have any more information about this for me or any evidence from any experts that the brake defect in the recall is connected to brakes locking up and not just brakes becoming spongy and failing ?
Our client has really bad injuries and it would be really great to get him some compensation. Unfortunately he did not bring his motor accident claim for sometime and what was left of his bike was sold off before he brought his claim - so we cant have it inspected.
YOur help would be very much appreciated.
Kind regards

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 23:56

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