The global financial back in 2008 hit hard at the automobile industry and the motorcycle industry too was badly affected, most hit were the gigantic Japanese companies of the likes of Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki. The financial meltdown derailed majority of the new product investments for these companies and the middle weight segment is still to recover from the jolts, even if their litre class big brothers are finding upgrades and new models added to the line up.
Now, reports are coming from US that Yamaha Motor Co. USA is recalling certain 2014 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycles because the front and rear wheels may have been manufactured with insufficient hardness. The recall only affects YZF-R6 motorcycles that were manufactured between August 1, 2014, to September 1, 2014 – which makes for roughly 28 units being affected.
Because of the insufficient hardness, the wheel bearings may loosen and shift, or the wheel may lose its shape and air may leak from around the bead on the tire, thus resulting in a crash. During the wheel production process at the supplier, the cooling process was insufficient for some of the lot.
By design, the water cooling process involves dipping the wheel in a water bath; however, some of the wheel was not submerged in this case, because of insufficient water levels in the bath. Yamaha has notified affected owners, and will replace the wheels and tire assemblies, free of charge.
The Yamaha YZF -R6 for years has been the bike to have in the middle weight category till the Triumph's spectacular Daytona 675 arrived to change the game. R6 has an inline 4 engine good for 599cc which produces 122bhp and 66Nm of torque. The Bike has a wet weight of 189kg.