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More Troubles for the Yamaha R1 and R1M, with Fire Being the New Hazard

A new recall affects the 2015 model year Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, with the bad news arriving from the UK this time. No less than 146 bikes from the two series mentioned are expected to pay a visit to the Yamaha dealers to receive a fix that should prevent a potential vehicle fire.
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M 1 photo
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), formerly known to British motorists as the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) presented a letter of recall that informs the customers about a potentially dangerous defect on both the R1 and R1M motorcycles.

"It is possible for an oil leak to occur, from the O-Ring on the Oil Delivery Pipe where it enters the engine case, because of improper assembly of the components. If a leak occurs, oil could leak onto the exhaust and in extreme circumstances, the oil could catch fire," the DVSA reports, according to visordown.One more recall adding to the defective transmissions of the entire 2015 lot doesn't make things easier
No info as to whether any vehicle fire occurred was mentioned, but it is likely that such news would have made the front page. Still, adding one more defect to the already tensioned situation is not going to make R1 and R1M customers any happier.

The entire 2015 model year production has to be brought in and have its transmission replaced after Yamaha discovered that the second gear sprocket could break under high stress, posing a high crash risk and affecting the entire transmission.

Yamaha will replace the O-ring of the mentioned oil pipe free of charge. We are now wondering if this is the end of the R1 and R1M recalls for the debut model year of the new Yamaha superbike and how the entire story will affect the sales for the 2016 model year. By the way, we expect that Yamaha is working hard to fix everything for the upcoming bikes, lest they see unit sale figures going down. Still, Yamaha is not the only manufacturer confronting recalls in the first year of an all-new model. It's the fact that the R1 and R1M are advertised as being the pinnacle of Iwata's efforts that makes things look funny, in a way...


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