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KTM recalls 690s over brake issues

KTM 690 SMC R in global safety recall

KTM has issued a global recall on 2015 models LC4, 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R and 2014/15 690 SMC R bikes to resolve brake problems.

The Austrian company discovered during routine testing in ongoing production that the rear anti-lock brake line of the 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R models of model year 2015 has possibly been damaged while mounting the spring band clamps of the engine ventilation tube.

Even without this pre-existing defect a subsequent damage caused by vibrations at the contact point as well as a sudden braking pressure loss with resultant total failure of the rear brake cannot be excluded, said KTM.

In the Australian recall, bikes affected were sold from November 12, 2014, to March 26, 2015.

Australian KTM dealers also want to check the front wheel spacers on 2014/15 690 SMC R bikes sold from January 22, 2014, to March 26, 2015.

In some cases, shorter spacers had been installed, which could damage the brake disc, fork tubes and ABS sensor, causing the ABS system function to fail. It also found the brake piston could be pushed back from the brake disc, resulting in brake failure.

Customers will be informed by letter requesting they attend an authorised KTM dealer where the inspection and required rectification will be conducted free of charge.

The recalls follow recent safety recalls for Indian Scout, Victory cruisers, Can Am Spyder, Yamaha NXC125 scooters, and BMW R and K series models.