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Honda has recalled the Activa 125, Grazia, Aviator and CB Shine models in the Indian market. The recall pertains only to the variants of these vehicles that are equipped with a disc brake up front.
Honda has found an issue with the master cylinder for the front brake and hence has issued a recall. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) is the country's largest scooter manufacturer and one among the top two-wheeler manufacturers.
HMSI retails some of the most-reliable and dependable scooters and motorcycles in the country. It has a wide range of products, starting from small scooters and commuter motorcycles, going all the way up to big cruisers like the Goldwing and superbikes like the Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India is a success story and the people love Honda's products. Honda would like it to remain so, hence issuing the recall to ensure the customers of these vehicles would continue to have trust in Honda.
All of the affected models are equipped with the same disc brake up front and hence have the same issue. The Activa 125, Grazia 125 and Aviator 125 are scooters that have been positioned in the premium end of the spectrum by Honda.
These scooters are priced in a premium manner and they also have premium features and design. The Honda CB Shine is a basic commuter motorcycle but has the optional disc brake that makes it premium.
Honda has now announced that the reason for the recall is an issue in the master cylinder for the disc brake. According to Honda, the disc does not to allow the front wheels to spin freely and in some cases completely jams the front wheel. The issue is not with the disc rotor itself but is with the master cylinder located near the brake lever.
The working of a disc brake is very simple. When the brake lever is pulled in, it applies pressure on the hydraulic fluid inside the master cylinder. This causes the fluid to be pushed against the piston in the brake caliper. The piston then pushes the calipers against the disc and the wheel is braked.
In the case of a bad master cylinder or even the yoke of the master cylinder, the brake lever would have no feel to it and the master cylinder applies pressure onto the disc all the time, therefore braking the wheel all the time even if the rider doesn't apply the brakes.
This will invariably lead to excessive wear and tear of the brake pads and even the disc rotor. HMSI is looking to stop this by carrying out a replacement of the master cylinder free-of-cost even on those vehicles that are out of the warranty period.
Thoughts On Honda Recalling 50,034 Scooters & Bikes To Fix The Issue With The Front Disc Brake
Over 50,000 vehicles have been affected because of the problem and HMSI will be glad to replace the master cylinder on all those vehicles. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified through SMS or email. Owning up to their mistake and agreeing to fix it is a good step by Honda. It will help its customers retain the trust in the Honda brand.