Yamaha YZF-R3 Recall

Yamaha Recalls 11,280 YZF-R3 Motorcycles Due to Possible Engine Seizure
2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

Yamaha has recalled 11,280 of its quarter-liter supersport – the YZF-R3 – due to possible engine seizure.

Yamaha says on 2014/2015 YZF-R3 F/G motorcycles – built from Jan. 1, 2015 through April 15, 2016 – the oil pump fail, reducing oil pressure.

As a result of unregulated oil pressure, the oil-pump drive gear may also fail, and cause the engine to freeze from a lack of oil supply. If this occurs, the rear wheel may lock up, increasing the risk of a crash.

Yamaha has notified owners, and dealers will replace the oil pump, free of charge. The recall began July 5, 2016. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990105. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

About the Yamaha YZF-R3

When Yamaha released the R3 with the help of former MotoGP rider Colin Edwards at the 2014 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, the bike became an immediate threat the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Honda CBR300R and the KTM RC390..

The 368-lbs. (wet) bike’s 321cc two-cylinder creates around 42 horsepower @ 10,750 rpm and, and takes styling directly from its other brothers – the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1.

Read our Yamaha R3 Review