A recall has been issued for certain model year 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles.
Yamaha has issued a recall notice for certain model year 2015-2016 YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles due to two separate issues.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the issues affect some 11,280 motorcycles manufactured January 1, 2015, to April 15, 2016.
The first issue is transmission related. The NHTSA says that the bike’s 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 that happens, a rider may not be easily able to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
The second issue is related to the bike's oil pump. Due to the problem, oil pressure may not be properly regulated. As a result, the oil pump drive gear may fail and cause the engine to seize from lack of oil supply. If that happens, the rear wheel could lock up, which, of course, dramatically increases the likelihood of a crash.
Yamaha says it has already notified owners, and dealers will replace the clutch pressure plate bearing and/or oil pump free of charge. The recall began July 11, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926.