A soon-to-be-announced recall by Yamaha of its 2015 YZF-R1 bikes in the U.S. and 2016 models in Canada is the result of potential transmission failures due to “inadequate component strength and stress concentration at the gear teeth bottom land.”A letter dated December 4 being sent by Yamaha to owners of the affected bikes in the U.S. states:
“In affected motorcycles, both second gear wheel and pinion gears in the transmission may break as a result of extremely high stress and/or improper shifting. This is due to inadequate component strength and stress concentration at the gear teeth bottom land. In addition, the third and fourth wheel gears may be deformed or break as a result of excessive stress caused by hard usage. This is due to inadequate component strength. If gears fail, the transmission could lock up, causing loss of control that could result in a crash with injury or death.”Yamaha’s letter states all costs for parts and labor will be covered under warranty. The work will include replacement by the authorized Yamaha dealer of the transmission assembly with one that includes gears of a different design.Owners are cautioned in the letter that the procedure takes almost 16 hours to complete and that owners should be aware that the dealer may need to keep the motorcycle longer depending on their current service schedule. For more information from Yamaha, call 1-800-962-7926.The recall has not yet been announced (as of 12/7/15) in the U.S. by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) though some related product complaints have been posted on its website. In the U.S., the recall is identified in the Yamaha customer letter as recall campaign #990100. Though the recall announcement has not yet appeared, NHTSA has issued a recall campaign number, which is also included in the letter: 15V802.A similar recall has been announced in Canada by Transport Canada, but that announcement refers to 2016 models only and indicates that 240 bikes are affected. The Transport Canada Recall number is 2015559. For more information, click here.Read our Yamaha R1 Review.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.