India Yamaha Motor (IYM) has issued a recall for the Yamaha R3 over a faulty radiator hose and torsion spring issue, which could potentially result in coolant leakage.
The recall is initiated for the motorcycles manufactured between July 2015 and May 2018. A total of 1,874 units of the Yamaha R3 are affected by the defective parts. The company claims that no customers have reported any problem but the recall will be carried out following the requirements of IYM's parent Yamaha Motor Co. (YMC) Ltd., Japan.
India Yamaha Motor will individually contact the affected owners and get the issue rectified. The recall is termed as a 'modification campaign', and the modified parts will be replaced completely free of cost at authorised workshops.
Yamaha is closely working with its dealer partners to rectify the issue and this is the third recall for the Yamaha R3 in India. The motorcycle was first recalled for an issue with the clutch and oil pump, while the second issue dealt with a faulty fuel tank bracket and main switch sub-assembly. This is the first recall after the Yamaha R3 was relaunched in India in February at the Auto Expo 2018. The updated version received a standard dual-channel ABS unit and BS-IV compliance.
The Yamaha R3 uses a 321 cc, parallel-twin motor that pairs to a 6-speed gearbox. Yamaha recently unveiled the 2019 YZF-R3, which features an updated design and USD forks. While there's no word from IYM, we expect it to be introduced next year.
Despite being a sports bike, the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 is known for its all-round abilities to offer an excellent ride quality and spot-on ergonomics. The venerable package is let down by its high asking price, and the CKD model accounts for about 60 units per month of IYM's total sales. In comparison, its closest rival, the KTM RC 390, which is manufactured in India, accounts for 600+ units every month. Apart from the RC 390, it rivals the Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310 and the Benelli 302R.