Yamaha recalls 24,000 YZF-R1s, Super Teneres

Publish Date: 
Feb 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has notified NHTSA that it is recalling nearly 24,000 sportbikes and adventure-touring motorcycles due an overheating problem associated with the headlights.

The OEM is recalling:

  • 2009-13 model year YZF-R1s manufactured from October 2008 through August 2013 (roughly 19,000 units, according to Yamaha), and
  • 2012-13 model year XTZ12 Super Teneres (about 4,700 units) manufactured from October 2011 through August 2013.

In affected units, "use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in arcing in the headlight bulb socket," NHTSA noted. This condition could cause the bulb to overheat, melt and cause the headlight to malfunction.

Yamaha is notifying owners; dealers are asked to replace the headlight socket, free of charge (see image). The NHTSA Recall Campaign No. is 14V044000.