CYPRESS, CA and WASHINGTON, DC – Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has issued a recall for 22,433 motorcycles, specifically the 2015 to 2017 FJ-09, the FZ-09 and the XSR900 bikes due to handlebar mounts that may potentially loosen.
The motorcycle manufacturer stated that the lower handlebar holder was reportedly painted improperly. Specifically, they believe an inadequate thread-locking agent was used on the stud blot threads inside the lower handlebar holder. Should there be a strong external impact to the handlebar that damages the paint on the bottom of this lower handlebar holder, it’s possible the paint may wear off and the stud bolt could loosen with engine vibration. The worst case scenario would be the handlebar holder could loosen from the handle crown and a rider could lose control of the vehicle and crash.
- Vehicles affected were made between Aug. 1, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2017
- NHTSA recall number is 17V221000.
Owners of these motorcycles should immediately contact their Yamaha dealership to have their bike’s handlebar replaced with one that has new paint and proper thread lock agent application applied.
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