Massive Suzuki GSX-R recall

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Every Suzuki GSX-R including the 600, 750 and 1000cc variants built since 2004 has been officially recalled for modifications to the front brake master cylinder.

Suzuki has taken the decision to recall an as-yet-unknown number of bikes following a small number of reports of a ‘spongy’ front brake feel but so far there have been no reported incidences of failure in the UK. All owners will be notified by letter and the work will be carried out for free by authorised Suzuki dealers.

The recall affects every Suzuki GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 built since the 2004 K4 model year through to the latest 2013 models.

Suzuki GB’s Denis Houston said: “Investigations into reports of the front brake lever developing a ‘spongy’ feeling over time have revealed the cause to be moisture naturally absorbed by the brake fluid, affecting the return spring inside the master cylinder.

“As the braking system is safety critical and there are no external indications that corrosion of the spring has begun the brake master cylinder assembly is to be replaced free of charge”.

A Suzuki statement reads:

Suzuki GB has announced a recall on selected GSX-R models built between 2004 and 2013.

Instigated due to a potential issue that can affect the front brake master cylinder where a ‘spongy feel’ may develop over time the recall affects GSX-R600, 750 and 1000 models as listed below.

GSX-R600 – K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, L0, L1, L2 and L3 models
GSX-R750 – K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, L0, L1, L2, and L3 models
GSX-R1000 – K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, L0, L1, L2 and L3 models

Customers with officially imported road registered machines will be notified via post using DVLA sourced data and advised to contact their local authorised Suzuki dealer to arrange fitment of the replacement components free of charge. Suzuki will also use organisations such as the ACU to reach owners of race and track day bikes.

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter