Following the recall of the Yamaha R1M to fix an issue with the rear electronic Ohlins suspension, Yamaha has issued yet another recall. This time though, all bikes including the R1 and R1M are being recalled. The issue is a faulty gearbox. The company says that due to a lack in component strength, there is a chance of the first and second gears seizing under aggressive track use. There seem to have been a few cases of this happening already reported, according to Yamaha. They have also admitted that due to the same component quality, there is a chance of the third and fourth gears warping under high stress.
Yamaha has already started getting in touch with all customers who have bought the new R1s. The customers will have to bring their bikes in, upon which Yamaha will carry out a free gearbox replacement for them.
The only issue is that replacement of the gearbox will not be a minor job. The bike will have to be disassembled and the engine completely opened up to gain access to the gearbox. Owners can expect their bikes to be out of action for a few days at least. Meanwhile, if you are one of the first few owners of the new Yamaha R1 or R1M, we suggest you get in touch with Yamaha and figure out how get your motorcycle fixed as well. Nobody likes a siezed gearbox, after all.
Official update from Yamaha India sent on December 22, 2015
|In reference to the recent announcement of Yamaha Motor Corporation regarding the recall of its YZF-R1 and R1M vehicles worldwide, please find below the statement from Mr. Ravinder Singh, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. on this matter.
“TheYZF-R1 and YZF- R1M has been a significant milestone in the company’s history and a lot of thought and hard-work has gone into its establishment and design. We at Yamaha constantly monitor the performance of the vehicles used by our customers as well as the performance of various motor parts. During the extensive study of the products, our parent company Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., Japan has found a defect, which relates to deformation of transmission gears & breakage which exists in R1 and R1M motorcycles manufactured in the year 2015. However, no such problem has been reported from anywhere in India so far but we value our customers and their safety is our prime concern. Therefore, India Yamaha Motor has decided to run a voluntary recall campaign on 9 units of motorcycles which include 7 units of YZF-R1 and 2 units of YZF-R1M. We will be rectifying the error by replacing the transmission with a modified one on a free of cost basis. We at Yamaha ensure that our customers continue to enjoy riding our products. The company plans to begin the voluntary recall exercise today through a factory modification campaign which will be run through the company’s authorized superbike dealership network across the country. The customers will be contacted through mail as well as phone calls starting today, to fix an appointment to extend every support through this campaign.”