Following the announcement made by Yamaha Japan which saw 1500 units of the YZF-R3 sportbike being recalled to fix an issue related to oil pump and transmission, Yamaha India has issued an official statement that 902 units of the same bike sold in India have to go through the same drill. Since the Yamaha YZF-R3 is sold in India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit with the components arriving from Japan, the problems plaguing the Japanese models will obviously pop up in the units sold in India.
The oil pump issue appears to be a design flaw which the company will be taking care of free of cost for the customers. In the official release pertaining to the same, Yamaha India says that the recall was a reiteration of Yamaha’s commitment to safety and this action was not a result of complaints from customers. The manufacturer will be contacting owners of the affected bikes soon.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 which was launched in August 2015 as a competitor to the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC 390 comes with a twin-cylinder 321cc liquid-cooled engine which is mated to 6-speed transmission case. Churning out 41.4bhp of power and 29.6Nm of torque, the sportbike can do 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds and clock a top speed of 180kph. Priced at Rs. 3.26 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the Yamaha YZF-R3 comes in two shades – Racing Blue and Black Lightning.