Harley-Davidson Recall for 29K Motorcycles Due to Clutch Glitch

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 07:18 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Harley-Davidson is recalling 29,000 new motorcycles because of a problem with its hydraulic clutch system, the company announced this week.

Harley-Davidson's recall is for a handful of 2014 models. Officials say the potential clutch problem is a "possible safety issue," according to the Associated Press. 

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"The safety of our customers is our highest priority," Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson general manager of motorcycle new product delivery, said in a news release issued Wednesday. "We have identified potential safety issues and are moving quickly to notify our customers and dealers. 

"The inspection and repair of these motorcycles is extremely important, so it’s critical that our customers with affected vehicles contact their dealers immediately. . . . The company is committed to correcting this issue and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect," Wilcox continued.

The hydraulic clutch system in some of the new motorcycles might not disengage the clutch, making it difficult to slow or stop.

The recall covers Touring motorcycles models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, plus Softail CVOs and Trikes, models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE, built from May 3 to Oct. 14.

Harley-Davidson told the Associated Press that owners should arrange an inspection with a Harley-Davidson dealer. The company said it will pick up, inspect and make the repairs at no cost.

"The company is taking the additional measure of issuing a 'Do Not Ride' notice to riders given the potential safety issues," stated the Harley-Davidson news release. "The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour."

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer in 2011 recalled more than 300,000 motorcycles worldwide for rear brake light switch problems. Harley-Davidson said in July that it would ship 259,000 to 264,000 bikes in 2013, an increase from 247,625 last year. 

Harley-Davidson celebrated its 110th anniversary this past Labor Day weekend, drawing motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world to Wisconsin. The celebration included festivals, weekend concerts from top entertainers and a parade.

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