Yamaha recall

Recall #: 2017214
Models Involved: 2015-2017 Yamaha FJ-09, 2014-2016 Yamaha FZ-09
Number of Vehicles:
 5005
Problem: On certain motorcycles, the lower handlebar holder may have been painted improperly, and fasteners may not have had sufficient thread locking compound applied. Excessive paint thickness could allow clearance to develop as paint wears, and bolts could loosen. As a result, the handlebar holder could separate from the handlebar crown.
Correction: Dealers will replace lower handlebar holders. In the interim, owners are advised to stop riding their motorcycles until the defect has been repaired.

7 thoughts on “Yamaha recall”

  1. “How about that dangerous high speed wobble some owners are reporting!
    Is this why this bike has a speed limiter somewhere around 200 kmh?
    We don’t know because Yamaha won’t say.”

    From what I can gather, the handlebar clamp issue is unrelated to any high speed wobble concerns. That seems to come from a combination of windshield height, low tire pressures, and possibly the installation of accessory luggage. The speed limiter kicking in and out has annoyed owners as well.
    Bottom line ? Its not a track bike and riding 200 kmh on the street is never a good idea.

    1. If you build a bike for performance you should expect riders to try it, on the street or on the track.

      Besides did you always do everything your mummy told you? 🙂

      If that bike is speed limited at such low speed Yamaha should say so and why. You are probably right about the wobble, but that limiter entitles suspicion.

      1. “If you build a bike for performance you should expect riders to try it, on the street or on the track.
        Besides did you always do everything your mummy told you?
        If that bike is speed limited at such low speed Yamaha should say so and why. You are probably right about the wobble, but that limiter entitles suspicion.”

        I respectfully submit that 200kmh is not a ‘low speed’ on Her Majesty’s highways and not a good idea under most circumstances.
        Pick the right tool for the job. Take a sport/touring machine like one of these to the race track and you’re on your own – good luck.
        Your suspicions border on the tin foil hat variety, have you considered asking anyone from Yamaha Canada for an official explanation ?
        Your turn…

        1. «have you considered asking anyone from Yamaha Canada for an official explanation»

          I did. Yamaha Canada don’t respond to questions in emails and dealer has no clue.

          1. Okay, here’s what I found out –

            “These motorcycles in question were requested for the North American market to have the large side bag capability (by the NA product planners). With the large bags overstuffed past capacity, the weight bias could make the motorcycle stability compromised at high speed.
            Therefore, the engineers erred to side of caution, and lowered the maximum top speed to keep such situation within the Yamaha stability standards.
            The European market does not have such large bags (they don’t travel as far when touring and prefer to keep a sporty ride) so the top speed is not quite so limited.”

            So, as per my original post, concerns presented in the real world by some Canadian owners MAY POSSIBLY be related to windshield positioning, tire pressures, suspension settings and addition of accessories ? Hence the speed limiter to err on the side of caution.
            Are you yourself having this issue, or is this all more of a general query ?

            Also –
            “The recall just announced is to replace the lower handle mounts with ones that are not painted on the inner surface, so there is reduced possibility of bars becoming loose in the clamps. There have been no complaints of loose bars in Canada.”

  2. How about that dangerous high speed wobble some owners are reporting!

    Is this why this bike has a speed limiter somewhere around 200 kmh?

    We don’t know because Yamaha won’t say.

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