A Yamaha R3 recall is currently in effect around the world to address a slew of issues with the bike. The reason for the Yamaha R3 recall has been stated as a defect in the clutch release plate assembly and an oil pump assembly malfunction. Both of the issues were discovered much later in some of the bikes that were dispatched and sold. According to Yamaha, the oil pump has been diagnosed with a design flaw in its engine plunger which restricts the functioning of the prime mover. The transmission issue is said to lie with the bearings of the clutch plate. The bearings do not possess the tensile strength required for prolonged operations or less than optimum clutch operations. A bearing failure may render the bike immobile, which could be a very disastrous situation for the rider indeed.
The Yamaha R3 comes to India after Yamaha imports the CKD kits from Thailand and assembles them locally before selling them in Indian dealerships. The Yamaha R3 is almost a year old now. Sales began in August last year and since then the company has sold 906 units till May 2016. Yamaha India has recalled 902 units to keep things on the safer side. The defected parts of the affected motorcycles will be replaced free of cost at Yamaha dealerships as the oil pumps and clutch plate bearings used in the R3s on Indian roads have the same components as the Yamaha R3’s being recalled abroad. The Yamaha R3 recall is certainly bad news for the sales and brand value of the company. Owners should soon be receiving calls from their dealerships regarding the change. We would suggest the R3 India owners to take the first step and contact their dealers.
Alongside the YZF-R3, Yamaha has also recalled the YZF-R25, MT-25, MT-03 and YZF-R25A. While these models have been diagnosed with pretty much the same issues, the MT series was also diagnosed with front brake problems. These problems were also inherently a design issue which caused the brake fluid lines to come in contact with the radiator. This resulted in a fluid leakage from the brake lines. This in turn led to decreased braking power which could cause serious accidents if the rider could not stop in time.