Yamaha Motor Corp. USA is recalling 5,300 units of the Yamaha FZ-09 motorcycle because of faulty headlight harness. The recall affects only 2014 model year machines, and comes about as the FZ-09’s headlight harness is too short.
Thus, when the handlebars are turned fully to the left or right, the harness may break near the coupler, or the coupler may disconnect from the headlight bulb.
Obviously the result of the harness being too short is the headlight losing power and turning off, which would reduce a rider’s ability to see at night, and increase the risk of a crash.
Accordingly, Yamaha will have dealers install a new longer sub-harness, which will fix the problem, free of charge.
The recall should already be underway, and concerned owners can call Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.