It was unfortunately too late for me as we lost the right saddlebag off a Road King while touring in New Zealand. Thankfully nothing valuable was lost.
While Harley fixed that problem on its Touring models, they are now having a similar problem with the latches working their way loose on accessory bags.
They say the latching arm may become “disengaged from the mounting plate or bracket”.
“The latching arm could rotate out of the locked position and the saddlebag may become separated from the motorcycle while it is in motion, posing a road hazard for other motorists,” the recall notice says.
The part numbers for the affected saddlebags are: 90201561, 90201552, 90201644, 90201645, 90201555 and 90201513.
Owners of affected saddlebags should contact their nearest Harley dealership to arrange an inspection and free fix.
In then meantime, we suggest you tape that latch down so it doesn’t come loose.