Himalayan Vehicle Safety Recall UK

Wintrup

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Cumbria UK
That's some good news at least. I've actually just this minute come off the phone from MotoGB who are the UK supplier of RE bikes. They said it's still going to be done and they are waiting for RE to supply the parts to them. It's been delayed from being done in late 2020 as originally planned because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The guy I spoke to said as soon as they receive confirmation of the parts arriving from RE, then letters will start going out to people. Although they just don't know when that's going to be.
Well done. At least there's movement, which is something, and likely it'll get done this year. Just have to keep my fingers crossed that I've covered the bases on inspection and the bike get's through the MOT.
 

BurnieM

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20 years ago I had a Cagiva Raptor. There was a problem with the radiator mounting bolts; both the top and bottom were fixed rather that one set being 'floating'. This caused the radiator to crack and leak. The problem was widely known since June 1999? Replacement bolts and rubber spacers were fitted to UK bikes in December. These replacement parts did not arrive in Australia till July. A bit of a problem as my radiator cracked in June.

The distributor was shipped 400 replacement radiators in January but it took another 6 months to get the much cheaper bolts and spacers.

Sometimes there are supply chain issues and sometimes it is just really dumb manufacturers.
 

Pirate

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Aldershot, UK
That's some good news at least. I've actually just this minute come off the phone from MotoGB who are the UK supplier of RE bikes. They said it's still going to be done and they are waiting for RE to supply the parts to them. It's been delayed from being done in late 2020 as originally planned because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The guy I spoke to said as soon as they receive confirmation of the parts arriving from RE, then letters will start going out to people. Although they just don't know when that's going to be.
Great info. Thanks for sharing.
 

Wintrup

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Cumbria UK
Fingers crossed your bike gets through ok. An MOT is always a stressful time.
Cheers for that.
After I fitted a new chain and sprocket and serviced the front and back brakes, it passed the MOT this morning. My biggest fear was the back brake, but I got an advisory from the mechanic on the front brake:confused:. I never took the piston out completely on the front, so don't know the state of the cylinder, but I imagine it's corroded too. Well, let's hope that RE pull out all the stops and get these parts out to the dealers by summer.
 

Wintrup

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Cumbria UK
I recently emailed them informing them the bike got an MOT advisory for binding and asking when the parts will be available for the recall fitting. They wrote an email back asking for my contact number in order to assist me with the query. I wrote back again informing them that they don't need my contact number in order to inform me when the recalls will be carried out. The fact is I want it all communication in writing and not over the phone. If I don't get a reasonable response the next step will be to contact the DVSA I guess.
 

Pirate

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Aldershot, UK
Got a follow-up letter from MotoGB at the weekend offering me new brake calipers (anodised) to replace the current non-anodised versions. As it happens I'm having my 6000-mile service next week so I'm going to call the dealership tomorrow just to make sure they can do the brakes at the same time - saves an extra visit! Anybody else heard from MotoGB?
 

Ozzy

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East Yorkshire
Nice info mate, thought was to be front only, but been on with LMT this morning who advise me was the front and back,no mention of slave cylinder,will chase up that one.
was advised also that have plenty of rears, and waiting on delivery of fronts and will be in touch in due course to have me in.
Eddie’s in Tadcaster your also on a waiting list to be informed when your to come in When you ring and give your details.
 

johnedlt

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Location
Asia
This morning I received a letter from Royal Enfield informing me of a defect that occurs under certain conditions. It read:

"When motorcycles are used on roads on which a large quantity of salt has been applied during the winter for melting ice. and if brake calipers are not cleaned thereafter, corrosion of the brake callipers [sic] can occur which can cause brakes to drag or brake performance can become affected or ineffective.

If you notice an unusual and/or increase in brake noise while applying brakes, presence of corrosion on the caliper by visual inspection, an unusual oder/burning smell near caliper(s), drage feeling when attempting to accelerate, unusual difficulty in pushing the motorcycle manually or anything unusual with the performance of the brakes not describe here, then your motorcycle may be experiencing this issue"

They then go on to say that I should take the bike to the nearest dealer to get the calipers cleaned and therein lies the problem. I'll explain.
Just a few months ago, as I wrote on the forum, my back brake was binding badly, to the point I could hardly push it. On inspection the caliper piston was corroded badly and would not push back. At the time I simply pumped out the piston far enough to clean it as best I could. Then, as I could not push the piston back, I had to use a g-clamp. Now here's where the real problem is. The piston is anodised aluminium, not stainless steel, so simply cleaning them is not going to be a long term solution. The pistons are not fit for purpose on salted roads. Even stainless steel pistons need cleaning after winter running, so these pistons will not hold up long term and will need to be replaced regularly. I suspect that there have been a number of complaints and RE have taken the cheapest route. I strongly suggest that any Himalayan owners in the UK who get this recall notice write back to RE and insist on piston replacements, preferably stainless steel. This will perhaps force RE into sourcing decent pistons for the bike and we'll all benefit. If you accept the cleaning solution, RE will do it once and we will have to foot the bill for new pistons.
On edit: Seems I missed the second phase bit. Well that's something. I hope they've revised the material they use and perhaps the seals could improved.
Thanks for the heads up.
 

Pirate

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Location
Aldershot, UK
Had my 6000-mile service today (see separate related post) and brake callipers replaced as per recall. Interestingly, they don't have 'Bybre' printed on them (nor any other distinguishing marks) so I imagine they are cheap and cheerful ones, albeit anodised. Very shiny though and the performance seems pretty good - better than I remember before.
 

Leyprest

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Was this brake recall in the UK for Himalayan only? Here in the us we had brake recall for the 650s only.
No. The recall here in the UK was for both the Himalayan and the 650's. The 650's have now been done and letters are going out for the Himalayans. Got my letter last week and the bike goes in, in about 10 days for the calipers to be replaced.
 
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