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Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Recalled Over Throttle Grip Failure

Rider on a Yamaha Tracer 9 GT riding through the woods

Yamaha has issued a recall for the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT over concerns that the throttle grip may break if it’s used to pull up a motorcycle that’s fallen on its side.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has mentioned that the recall only affects 2021 model year machines that were built in built between February 15, 2021, and July 8, 2021. Only a total of 453 motorcycles are affected by the recall.

The recall documents mention that “if the throttle grip is used to pull up a motorcycle that has fallen on its side, the throttle grip tube may break at the guide due to the excessive lateral pulling force applied to it because of an improperly designed grip end. If the guide is broken, the broken portion could restrict throttle movement during operation, which could result in loss of control and a crash.”

Yamaha has advised owners to refrain from operating affected motorcycles, other than taking it to a dealer, where the grip end will be replaced for free, if necessary. 

The Tracer 9 GT is the third generation of the Tracer lineup and replaces the Tracer 900 and 900GT as the sole offering globally. Powering the motorcycle is an 889cc inline triple that shares 95% of its Yamaha DNA with the MT-09, producing 115hp and 69 lb-ft of torque.