Yamaha has issued two recall notices for their YZF-R3 sportbike. The recall notices, available on the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, both relate to the front braking system, but are separate issues.
NHTSA recall number 20V-071 describes an issue where the front brake hose (the R3 has a single front disc brake) rubs against the horn lead wire, which could cause a brake fluid leak after prolonged contact. The technical service bulletin requires brake hose re-routing to fix the issue. The recall affects all 2019 YZF-R3 models.
NHTSA recall number 20V-073 describes an issue where the front brake hose may come loose off of the front brake hose bracket, due to the shape of the bracket being incorrect. This could cause the brake hose to rub against the fork leg, eventually causing a leak in the hose. The technical service bulletin requires a new bracket to be installed to fix the issue. Again, this recall affects all 2019 R3 models.
The 2019 YZF-R3 was manufactured by Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing, who informed Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. of the issues on January 31, 2020. The recalls were issued to the NHTSA on February 10, 2020. Dealers were notified between February 21 and 24, and owners should have been notified shortly thereafter.
The YZF-R3 is a small-displacement sportbike with a 321cc parallel-twin engine and bodywork reminiscent of its R6 and R1 bigger brothers. As a budget-priced and entry-level sportbike, it excels both on the street and on track, although the 2018 model did suffer from lackluster braking performance. It seems the improvements to the brakes for the 2019 model did come with some unnoticed safety issues, although Yamaha appears to be on top of the problem.
Sources: nhtsa.gov, rideapart.com