Triumph Motorcycles has become the latest motorcycle manufacturer to recall its bikes because of problems with the shock absorbers coming from Ohlins.

The company announced that it was recalling the Daytona 675 R and the Speed Triple R, two bikes that were built with the defective shocks. Forunately, only 566 units of the bikes are affected by the recall, all of which were built between January 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. The recall is expected to begin on May 15, 2015.

If you recall, Ohlins’ defective shocks already forced Yamaha to recall a handful of its YZF-R1M superbikes over the same issue. Other motorcycle brands have taken similar steps, including Ducati, Suzuki, and Triumph, all because the nuts on the shocks damper rods are under threat of loosening by themselves, creating the possibility of the entire shock assembly to come apart by itself. Should this happen, affected bikes could crash without notice, potentially leading to injuries for the rider.

Triumph has already announced its plan to notify owners with affected bikes and inform them that dealerships will replace the entire rear shock absorber at no cost to the rider. Those with affected models are highly encouraged to contact their Triumph dealerships to learn more about when they can bring their bikes to get them fixed.

Continue reading to read more about Triumph’s recall of its Daytona 675 R and Speed Triple R bikes.

Why it matters

When news broke that Ohlins was recalling its own shocks products due to faulty production, you knew that it would only be a matter of time before motorcycle brands would announce their respective product recalls because these products carried the same defective shocks that Ohlins pulled out of the market.

Yamaha was one of the first to do it and now, Triumph is following suit with its own recall of its Daytona 675 R and the Speed Triple R bikes. The good news is that the problems aren’t specifically tied into any failures coming from Triumph. The bad news is that despite that fact, these shocks compromise the performance of Triumph’s bikes.

So there really was no other choice but to issue the recall. Yamaha already did it and there’s a good chance that other motorcycle brands will do the same thing in the coming weeks, maybe even sooner. So give credit to Triumph for understanding what’s at stake here and the possible repercussions should the Ohlins shocks completely fall apart while these affected bikes are on the road.

It’s not completely on the Triumph’s shoulders since the defective products didn’t come from the company, but it’s reassuring to see that it’s taking pre-emptive measures to ensure that this serious product defect gets the proper attention as early as possible.

If you own a Daytona 675 R and Speed Triple R that’s affected by the recall, do yourself a favor and have it checked out as soon as you can.

Source: NHTSA

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