In the motorcycle world, a recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines a part or occurrence creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. The motorcycles under current recall notices range for a popular sports bike from Yamaha to one the latest models from Kawasaki.
Yamaha Motor Corporation is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles manufactured January 1, 2015, to April 15, 2016. 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.
Obviously, if the clutch cannot be disengaged, the rider may not be easily able to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.
To fix this Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the clutch pressure plate bearing, free of charge. The recall began July 11, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990105.
Yamaha's 2016 YZF-R3
Looking to the new urban motorcycle from Kawasaki, a recall has been issued for certain model year 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro motorcycles manufactured February 4, 2016 through June 7, 2016. In the affected motorcycles, the shock absorbers may leak oil and lose their function.
Loss of function of the shock absorbers may affect the motorcycle’s handling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shock absorbers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 26, 2016. Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki’s number for this recall is MC16-04.
2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro