Yamaha is recalling at least 2,285 FJR1300 motorcycles due to a problem with its transmission. The recall identifies a problem with the cracking/breaking of the transmission’s second gear.
Particularly, Yamaha says that the second gear may fail under high-speed loads. This failure could cause the transmission and the rear wheel to lock, increasing the risk of a crash. To quote Yamaha’s Safety Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
“In affected motorcycles, the side of second gear may not be strong enough to handle high speed loads. As a result, cracks may occur due to constant stress applied during repeated gear shift operation and, eventually, the gear could break. If this happens, the transmission and, in turn, the rear wheel, could lock, increasing the risk of loss of
This recall will require significant repair work. According to Yamaha:
“Affected units must have the main axle and drive axle assemblies replaced with the stronger parts and the Engine Control Unit (ECU) reprogrammed to prevent excessive rpm leading to second gear damage.”
As of this writing, Yamaha has yet to finalize the exact number of FJR1300 bikes and the VIN ranges affected by this recall. Owners will be notified once NHTSA approves Yamaha’s suggested owner notification letter.
So, for now, Yamaha’s recall schedule is a bit “flexible.” In its report to NHTSA, Yamaha says:
“We anticipate commencing dealer/consumer notification shortly after the owner’s notification letter is approved by NHTSA, the affected VIN range is ascertained, and the Technical Bulletin’s service procedures are confirmed and finalized by Yamaha staff. Assuming the Agency can review and approve the customer notification letter within 5 days of receipt (perhaps January 8th) we will have the letter and technical bulletin printed. Normal turnaround time is 3 working days for such a printing. Hence the materials will be ready for mailing approximately January 13th. Final copies of these notification documents will be forwarded to the Agency as soon as possible.”
So, for now, Yamaha plans to send owner and dealer notification letters between January 13th and 17th, 2021.
For additional information, owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-4236 and cite Yamaha recall number 990141. Or they may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov.