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Aprilia USA Recalls 2010 RSV4 Motorcycles

Friday, January 22, 2010
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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Comments
All C -previous rsvr owner  January 26, 2010 01:34 PM
In Calif they have only 30 days to make all of the repairs from the date the notice goes out or they get to buy them back under the lemon law. Curious to see how many go back. Figure most dealers have only one Aprilia Mechanic and is already busy. Now they have to stop and finish these repairs in a short period of time. GOOD LUCK.
Patrick -RSV  January 26, 2010 06:19 AM
I had an 02 Mille and to be honest thought it wasn't worth the money. I also owned a Gen II FZ1 at the same time and felt that was a far better bike for the money....IMO.
mcguire -sewer rat  January 23, 2010 07:07 AM
I recently broke a rod in a Royal Star Tour Deluxe that was 2 months out of a five year warentee and Yamaha still agreed to pay 50% of the repair. I was impressed. I have a 2002 Milie R and it runs like a horse with no mechanical issues at all except maintaince.
Superlight -Aprilia Recall  January 23, 2010 06:32 AM
If Aprilia does this right they should be able to continue the launch of this new product successfully. This notice is a good start; a manufacturer must stand behind the product.
Tim B -OUCH! That's an expensive mistake!  January 22, 2010 11:03 PM
They are going to replace the engine in every RSV4 sold? That's going to be so expensive and it will kill the success of the first year of this bike. This is what happens when engineering and development is pushed to hard. Like Honda says, "Stupid hurts!"
Hal -training?  January 22, 2010 07:11 PM
"customers will be able to select from a list of Aprilia dealers who have completed RSV4 technical training" eh? shouldn't all dealers have this if they are selling this bike?