Aprilia USA Recalls 2010 RSV4 Motorcycles

January 22, 2010
Adam Waheed
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The 2010 Aprilia RSV4R offers superbike-levels of performance to the everyday man.
Aprilia USA is recalling all 2010 Aprilia RSV4 motorcycles due to a defective part within the engine.

Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Aprilia is recalling all RSV4R and RSV4 Factory motorcycles sold in the U.S. due to a defective component used during engine assembly. Aprilia has not named the specific component, but we assume it is a connecting rod bearing, the same issue that plagued some of its pre-production test bikes during the 2010 Aprilia RSV4R First Ride media launch in Mugello, Italy.
There have been no reported engine failures, but Aprilia is proactively conducting the recall due to the potential safety hazard. They will be contacting U.S. RSV4 owners and scheduling a time where they can bring in their RSV4 for full engine replacement. Furthermore, free transportation of the motorcycle to the dealership will be provided.

Courtesy of Aprilia
Aprilia Italy has announced its intent to recall a limited number of RSV4 motorcycles for engine replacement. While only a small number of production units are affected, the recall impacts all RSV4 motorcycles delivered within the U.S. market to date. 
4-Stroke superbike engines dont come any more compact than the RSV4Rs 999cc V-Four.

Following extensive testing and verification, the Italian manufacturer assessed that one component in a small group of engines assembled during a specific time period had failed to meet stringent factory quality standards, resulting in an unacceptable risk of future engine failures. To date, there have been no warranty claims related to this potential issue in the U.S. market. However, in line with the premium quality standards of Aprilia motorcycles and potential safety implications, the manufacturer and its dealerships are committed to immediate action to ensure complete Aprilia owner satisfaction.
To prepare for the recall in the U.S. market, Aprilia USA technical representatives are contacting each RSV4 owner to notify them of the replacement process and timeframe. To expedite the replacement, customers will be able to select from a list of Aprilia dealers who have completed RSV4 technical training. Free transportation of the RSV4 to the dealership will be provided.
Aprilia dealers were notified of the pending recall January 21, 2010. Replacement engines for all units affected are already in transit to the U.S. market and owners are in the process of being contacted. Aprilia USA is expecting to complete the engine replacement on consumer RSV4 motorcycles by the end of February 2010.

Customers with immediate questions or concerns are invited to contact their local Aprilia USA dealer.

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