Yamaha YZF-R1M and Honda CBR1000RR SP Affected by Ohlins' Recall

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M, recalled for rear suspension hazards 1 photo
Photo: Yamaha
When we first reported on the Ohlins rear shock absorbers recall in early April, we sort of knew that a lot of sports motorcycles would be affected. That is because multiple manufacturers are equipping their products with Ohlins hardware as standard, given the high performance expectations from the customers.
The recall did not miss two of the leading superbikes of the moment, the track-only Yamaha YZF-R1M and its Honda rival, the 2014 and 2015 model year CBR1000RR SP. Both motorcycles fall under this recall, so if you plan to have some racing fun with them, you'd better contact your nearest dealer first.

A nut may loosen, and your bike may crash

In the affected Ohlins suspension parts, one of the nuts may become loose. These shock absorbers have been manufactured incorrectly and, as Ohlins declare, "the piston rod nut may have been tightened before the piston had the correct full metal-to-metal contact. This could result in the nut loosening, which would prevent proper rear suspension action, and could cause poor handling that may result in a crash."

Moreover, the recall affects both stock and aftermarket rear shock absorbers, with models TTX36, TTX GP, TTX RT and TTX36 MKII also recalled for inspection and replacement.

Authorized Yamaha and Honda dealers will inspect these shocks and replace them with corresponding ones if found to be faulty, at no charge for the customer. So far, the recalls for these two motorcycles are official in Canada and Australia, but US and European customers are next on the list.
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