Yamaha recalls R3 in India
Words by Abhishek Wairagade
The YZF-R3 is being recalled in India as Yamaha has determined a fault in the clutch plate assembly and the oil pump assembly.
902 units of R3 have been affected by the defect, which does not imply any safety issues. A specific batch of bikes having the same production numbers have been asked to visit an authorized Yamaha dealer to get the faulty parts replaced, free of cost.
The R3 is a twin cylinder 321cc entry-level sports bike, which makes 41bhp of power and 29Nm of torque; competing against the likes of KTM Duke 390 and Benelli TNT300. Yamaha has been successful with its R15 and FZ models but the R3 has not picked up huge numbers because of it’s pricing, being a CKD model. The Duke 390 is the most popular of the lot and is priced at Rs 1.99lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) while the Yamaha R3 costs Rs 3.26 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai).
The parent company had also recalled 1458 units of R3 in Japan in January 2016. Yamaha India had earlier recalled 138 units of the R1 in 2014, citing issues with the headlight assembly. Also, 56,000 units of its Ray scooter were identified with handlebar defects in 2013. The recalls are a healthy phenomenon in the Indian automobile industry and add to the safety of the consumers using the faulty vehicles. It’s a great initiative by the Indian manufacturers to be taking active part in the recalls, taking responsibility for their products and providing the best to their customers.