Yamaha YZF-R3, a younger sibling of the proud Yamaha R family, has been recalled by the Japanese brand over a couple of issues. The reports suggest that the recall has affected R3 models manufactured in 2015-16 and 2015-18 time frame.

The first reason for the recall is the gear shifter assembly. As per Yamaha’s recall documents, the shift shaft torsion spring may fracture, because it was improperly shot-peened during manufacturing to strengthen the metal. If the spring breaks, it could give the shifter a loose feel, and it could become difficult to shift gears.

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The solution to this problem is replacing the defective spring with a new shift shaft torsion spring. This problem has hit around 11,240 R3 units of 2015-16 years.


The second reason for the recall is regarding the upper radiator hose which may crack and leak fluid because the rubber wasn’t properly vulcanized by the manufacturer. The solution is to install a new upper radiator hose. This has affected 16,760 R3 units from the 2015-18 years.

Owners of affected motorcycles will be contacted by Yamaha and notified about the problems. Owners would need to visit their nearest Yamaha dealership and the issues will be resolved without any cost.

The Yamaha YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine which churns out around 42PS of power and 29.6Nm of torque. It is a fabulous and fast machine that can be used by beginners to hone their riding skills. It looks very similar to its siblings in the R family.