Honda Recalls Gold Wings for Brake Fault

Honda Gold Wing GL-1800

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 126,000 Gold Wing motorcycles for a second time because a recall the first time failed to adequately fix a fault in the braking system.

All Honda's GL-1800 motorcycles built for model years 2001-2010 and 2012 are subject to the recall notice.

The problem is once again a secondary brake master cylinder, which apparently fails to completely release the rear caliper after the brakes have been applied.

This can cause the rear brake to drag, which at the worst could cause a crash or fire.

Honda Says Complaints Received

Honda said it had received 533 complaints through July 24, 2014, including reports of eight small fires. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the problem.

Honda had originally recalled the same motorcycles in December 2011 to fix the same problem, but the company says it continued to receive complaints.

It states in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the "root cause has not been determined" and it is continuing to investigate.

GL-1800 Owners Notified by Mail

Honda says it will send a letter to each GL 1800 owner explaining how to identify the problem. Motorcycles with the defect can be taken to the dealer for inspection.

If the fault is confirmed, owners will get a second letter when repairs and replacement parts are available.