Harley-Davidson Australia has now followed suit with the Department of Infrastructure posting the official notice almost two weeks after being advised by the company.
The Vehicle Identification Numbers of the 3692 affected bikes in Australia is listed at the end of this article. Please check to see if yours is affected.
According to the official notice, “if the brake fluid is not flushed for a prolonged period of time beyond the two-year schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual and Service Manual, a braking issue may develop”.
This can clog the ABS hydraulic control unit with deposits.
These can lead to the front brake lever and rear brake pedal feeling hard or complete failure of the braking system.
“If this condition remains undetected, it may lead to a loss of brake function on the affected wheel without notice, posing an accident hazard,” the official notice says.
Quarter million bikes
The recall affects 30 models, more than a quarter of a million bikes globally and 3693 bikes in Australia. It is Harley’s biggest recall yet and is expected to cost more than $US29 million.
Owners are advised to contact their Harley-Davidson dealer who will flush the brake system and refill the brake fluid with Platinum Label DOT 4 fluid for free.
The new fluid “has a different chemical formulation” known to be less susceptible to gelling and becoming clogged by deposits.
It is believed some dealers have already been replacing the brake fluid, however owners should check with their dealer.