Yesterday, it was announced that Harley-Davidson had begun the process of voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system for the safety of riders and/or passengers. The recalls include a Do Not Ride notice to owners and a Do Not Deliver notice to Harley-Davidson dealers until the issue has been resolved.
“The safety of our customers is our highest priority,” said Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson General Manager of Motorcycle New Product Delivery. “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. We apologize for this circumstance. The company is committed to correcting the issues and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect.”
25,185 Touring motorcycles have been affected by the recall, including models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE. 3,861 Softails, CVOs, and trikes (FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE, and FLSTNSE models) built between May 3, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013, have also been recalled.
The recalls were put in effect because the hydraulic clutch system on some of the aforementioned models may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. If this occurs, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, which could result in a crash. Harley-Davidson has initiated these recalls to correct the problem.
The Motor Company is taking the additional measure of issuing a Do Not Ride notice to riders given the potential safety issues and has asked that the owners of these affected motorcycles contact an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer immediately to arrange for an inspection. The dealer will pick up, inspect, and make the necessary repairs free of charge. The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour.
Although the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is closed due to the partial government shutdown, Harley-Davidson is proceeding with these voluntary recalls consistent with NHTSA’s process.