Harley-Davidson's 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson's website.
Harley-Davidson's 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson's website.

Harley-Davidson Recalls Nighsters over Weak Handlebar Weld

Affected Models Produced Between December 6, 2021 and September 9, 2022

Harley-Davidson is issuing a recall on 1,704 (or 1.63%) of their new Nightster models – and apparently the problem has to do with a weak handlebar weld. 

But don’t take Harley’s word on it; take the complaint filed by the poor unfortunate rider who had the thing completely break off on them. 

Harley-Davidson's 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson's website.
Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from RideApart.

“From the images in the Service Request, it appeared that the left portion of the welded handlebar had separated from the middle section of the part,” explains the chronology of the NHTSA report filed on the event. 

Harley has since narrowed down the trouble parts to have been produced between December 6 and September 9 of 2021/2022; anything after that won’t be an issue due to ‘enhanced manufacturing controls.’

“The handlebar on certain Model Year 2022 RH975 Nightster motorcycles may have a weld quality issue that could lead to separation between the inner and outer sections of the handlebar,” warns the NHTSA recall.

Harley-Davidson's 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson's website.
Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson’s website.

Spread the word, folks; the notification period for this particular recall finished yesterday, with No. 55801154 being the name of the problem part in question. 

Should you have one of these units in need of remedy, hit up your local Harley dealership and they’ll fix the thing, free of charge. 

Harley-Davidson's 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson's website.
Harley-Davidson’s 2022 Nightster. Media sourced from Harley-Davidson’s website.

Here’s the H-D Customer Service number and NHTSA hotline, just in case you have questions: 

  • Harley-Davidson customer service: 1-800-258-2464 (Recall No. 0179)
  • NHTSA Hotline: 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153)

Stay tuned for updates, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from RideApart and Harley-Davidson’s website*
  1. Been in that same position before myself with my brand new under warranty Harley Davidson, no worries mate we’ll fix it under warranty 2 weeks at the most. Try 3:5 months later & this was before Covid excuses that everyone uses now. So good luck not having your $20,000 ride for the next several months. No loan bikes are offered for us that use the bike as our primary source of transport even under warranty.

    1. Hey Brett,

      Well that sucks.

      I recall hearing that Harley-Davidson actually got called out in America by the Federal Trade Commission because riders were taking their bikes to third-party repairers and Harley wasn’t honouring the warranty when they did so.

      Harley lost, so I wonder if that could potentially be a possibility to look into for yourself as well?

      Food for thought, and hope you get a good ride or six in this week 😉

      Cheers,
      Amanda

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