Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is a very handy and a common safety feature that you’d find in many modern motorcycles. Yes, it saves lives by magically preventing wheel lockups under panic or heavy braking. Like many other advanced technologies, ABS, too, has evolved, however, its basic working principle remains the same.
So it’s clear that ABS is a basic and essential safety feature and we’ve got quite dependent on it. So what if it fails? Well, there’s a possibility that it might in case of these 3 models of Indian Motorcycle which explains the issued recall.
As per the reports, 2017-19 Indian Scout, Indian Scout Sixty, and Indian Scout Bobber models have been affected by a potential faulty ABS unit which may not have been filled with fluids to the correct standard. There is a possibility of air remaining in the ABS brake system following manufacture, which could lead to the degradation of brake performance over time. This could be one of the reasons why your brake pedal or lever became spongy.
Polaris, Indian Motorcycle’s parent company, has said that if that’s the case then the bike should not be operated until the brake system has undergone the required repairs. It is advised that you should contact your nearest Indian dealership and get your motorcycle checked before taking it out for a sprint.
As of now, the recall stays put in the USA and there’s no sign of it occurring here in the Middle East. If you own any of the aforementioned models in the UAE, do let us know if you’re facing any braking issues.