Earlier this year, we wrote about the Yamaha FJR1300 was being recalled, as its second gear could crack while under high loads. The recall affected nearly 2,300 units of the sport-tourer, model years 2015 thru 2021.
Now, the Yamaha FJR1300 is getting recalled again, because the fix that Yamaha cooked up the first time is causing the motorcycle not to accelerate properly. 2,462 units are now affected.
According to recall documents, the Engine Control Unit (ECU) programming installed during the previous recall, which was designed to prevent gear damage on that second gear cog, may be preventing the engine from accelerating as intended.
In the affected motorcycles, when the rider is shifting into second gear under certain conditions, such as if the throttle is applied before the clutch is fully engaged, causing unusually high rpm, the ECU will react by limiting the maximum engine speed available.
This is due to rev-limiter programming intended to protect second gear components from abnormal stress. However, this rev-limiter programming may be overly restrictive, possibly preventing the acceleration performance the rider anticipates, increasing the risk of a crash.
In unmodified FJR1300 motorcycles (bikes that didn’t get the previous recall), the ridder may experience difficulty shifting, finding neutral and false neutrals may occur prior to gear breakage.
As such, these owners are urged not to operate the affected motorcycle until inspection and or modification is performed.
To remedy the issue, Yamaha dealers will reprogram the ECU, free of charge. Motorcycles that were previously repaired under recall 20V-813 will need to return for the new remedy. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 9, 2021.
Concerned Yamaha FJR1300 owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990152.
As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.