CYPRESS, Calif. – The Yamaha Motor Corporation USA is recalling certain model-year 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 motorcycles which, due to potentially being assembled with incorrect front-caliper bolts, might result in the loss of front braking.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report, “the front brake calipers (on certain of the 211 motorcycles within the recall population) may have been assembled with one or more bolts that have an incorrect thread length. Incorrect bolts can cause damage to the mounting hole threads in brake caliper if repeatedly removed and reinstalled, such as during servicing. Then, in the worst case, the bolts would no longer hold the front brake caliper to its mount, so the caliper would detach, resulting in loss of braking ability, increasing the risk of loss of control and a crash with injury or death.”
Tenere 700 riders might hear a “clunking” sound / “feel” coming from the front brake when it is lightly applied as an indication of this condition. They or a technician might also have difficulty when attempting to remove or reinstall caliper bolts as another indication of the problem.
The NHTSA report described the recall-remedy as, “Affected units must have the length of the front brake caliper mounting bolts confirmed. If found to be incorrect, the bolt(s) must be replaced with correct specification bolt(s) and the mounting-hole threads in the calipers inspected. If the caliper mounting-hole threads(s) are damaged, the caliper must be replaced as well. If customers have already had and paid for this repair to be performed, they may be entitled to receive reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a pre-notification remedy of the problem associated with this repair.”
Yamaha franchised dealers and 2022 Tenere 700 (covered by the recall) owners are scheduled to be notified of the recall by July 20th.