When Öhlins announced that it was recalling certain aftermarket shocks and steering dampers earlier this year, the obvious question was whether it would affect motorcycles that were equipped with the Swedish suspension from the factory, namely the new Ducati 1299 Panigale and the Yamaha YZF-R1M.
While a recall was expected for both machines, so far we only have word from Yamaha USA that the R1M will be recalled to replace the Öhlins shock. The recall only affects 350 units for Yamaha, a figure that likely indicates the total number of R1M motorcycles in the USA.
As loyal A&R readers will remember, the Öhlins shocks may have been built improperly, as the nut on the damper rod may loosen, thus resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembly of the shock.
Yamaha will notify affected YZF-R1M owners, and Yamaha dealers will inspect the motorcycles and replace any affected rear shock absorbers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015.
Concerned Yamaha YZF-R1M owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926, and reference recall #990095. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.