Multiple 900cc three-cylinder motorcycle models from Yamaha are about to be recalled for a safety issue. The recall concerns the lower handlebar, which may have been improperly painted, and as a result the stud bolt threads may not have had enough thread-locking agent applied.
This means that if the handlebar is struck hard enough, the paint on the handlebar holder might be damaged, which in-turn could cause there to be enough of a clearance difference on the stud bolt to allow it to un-thread itself from engine vibration.
Since this could cause the handlebar to become loose, or potentially fall off while riding, it poses a safety hazard to the rider, and Yamaha intends to recall the affected models, which include the 2015-2017 Yamaha FJ-09, 2014-2017 Yamaha FZ-09, and 2016-2017 Yamaha XSR900.
The remedy for affected machines is to install a new handlebar lower. We expect Yamaha and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to announce this recall in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more information.