Harley-Davidson has announced a voluntary worldwide recall of about 25,185 motorcycles after finding the hydraulic clutch may not disengage.
The company issued the recall despite America’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration being closed by the partial US government shutdown which was finally lifted late today.
Models affected were built between May 3 and October 14 and include the FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, and 3861 Softail CVOs and Trikes (not sold in Australia) models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE.
Harley has also issued a ‘Do Not Ride’ notice to owners and a ‘Do Not Deliver’ notice to dealers until the motorcycle is fixed.
The recall says some of the bikes may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, causing difficulties in slowing or stopping the bike.
In Australia, the company has asked owners to contact their dealer immediately to arrange for an inspection. The dealer will pick up, inspect and make the necessary repairs at no cost to the owner.
Harley says they have identified the repair which should take less than one hour.
“The safety of our customers is our highest priority,” says Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson general manager of motorcycle new product delivery in Milwaukee.
“We have identified potential safety issues and are moving quickly to notify our customers and dealers.
“We apologize for this circumstance. The company is committed to correcting the issues and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect.”