Motorcycle riders don’t suffer as much as car owners when it comes to recalls. But every now and then, a motorcycle maker launches a serious campaign.
The latest comes from Yamaha, a beloved motorcycle maker that sells thousands of bikes in the United States.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2012 and 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere motorcycles may experience an electrical issue, which could then lead to throttle problems. Because rough running or lack of throttle control may occur as a result of the electrical issue, riders should not ignore this recall.
Yamaha manufactured the thousands of motorcycles listed under this recall between June 1, 2011 and August 27, 2013. The firm discovered the issue during a quality control review. According to Yamaha, heat will cause the protective caulking in the motorcycle’s joint area connecting the lead wires to open a gap. If this occurs, the accelerator position sensor and throttle position sensor in the Electronic Control Unit will suffer. Over time, wire surfaces will corrode, and the ECU will receive the incorrect signals due to electrical resistance changes.
Under these circumstances, the engine speed may not return to idle when the throttle is released, or the rider may have a hard time restarting the engine. The motorcycle’s engine may also misfire.
To prevent these issues, owners will receive a notice in the mail. Once they do, they should contact Yamaha to learn more about how they should proceed.
Dealers should be able to fix the issue entirely for free.
Like this recall, others are linked to issues that may lead to accidents. For motorcycle riders, that’s a serious reality as they are more vulnerable to injuries.
If you’re a motorcycle rider and you’re serious about your safety, never ignore a recall campaign, especially one that could lead to crashes.
For more on this recall campaign, follow this link.