Yamaha Recalls Motorcycles Due to Problems with Powertrain and Engine
Riders may be unable to disengage the clutch and the engine may seize from lack of oil supply
Numerous problems have prompted Yamaha to recall 11,280 model year 2015-2016 YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles.
The clutch pressure plate bearing may break due to an insufficient load rating, causing the clutch to not disengage and preventing the transmission from shifting properly. If the clutch cannot be disengaged, the rider may not be easily able to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
In addition, a problem with the oil pump may lead to the motorcycles not being properly regulated, resulting in the potential failure of the oil pump drive gear and the seizure of the engine due to lack of oil supply. If the engine seizes, the rear wheel may lock up suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.
Yamaha has notified owners, dealers will replace the clutch pressure plate bearing and the oil pump free of charge.
The recall due to the oil pump problem began on July 5, 2016, and the recall owing to the clutch issue began on July 11, 2016.
For more information, owners may contact Yamaha Customer Service at (800) 962-7926.