KTM recalls Adventure models

Short-circuit could cause brake failure in 1190 and 1290 models

KTM is recalling models in its Adventure range over a potential brake problem.

The firm says a potential short-circuit of the ABS modulator could in rare cases lead to brake failure. 

Three models are affected: 1190 Adventures, 1190 Adventure Rs and 1290 Super Adventures made up to and including 2016. 

Customers are being contacted directly and asked to take their bike to an authorised KTM dealer for a free inspection of the ABS modulator's wiring harness and a replacement part. 

KTM said: 'Following market investigations by KTM it has been determined that due to deviations in the assembly process, in isolated cases contact may occur between the wiring harness and the ABS modulator. Measurements have shown that an electrical connection may be created via the brake line between the ABS modulator and the vehicle ground. For this to occur, the wiring harness must be frayed and must be in contact with the ABS modulator and the brake line must be electrically conductive. This only occurs in very rare cases. A conductive brake line can overheat and ultimately melt which can result in failure of a brake system circuit. The routing of the wiring harness must therefore be checked and if necessary corrected at the models mentioned below.' 


An example of the dangers of relying on electronics for machine control. Skodas hurtling out of control due to 'cruise control' failure is another one.

Not really related to the functioning of the electronics - its a potential short circuit of the wiring loom leading to the brake line itself failing (i.e. a mechanical failure). If the electronics fail on these units, they are generally designed to "fail-safe" such that the system effectively reverts to normal manual control. That being said, no-one should rely on these systems for control - they should be emergency back-up only and are no substitute for learning how to control the bike properly...

Sergio Garcia's picture

Too much electronics nowadays, more systems, more possibilities to fail, maintenance more expensive, motorbike more expensive to buy.....

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