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MMA Safety Alert: Harley-Davidson recalls some 2014 motorcycles

Thursday, October 24, 2013
MMA Safety Alert: Harley-Davidson recalls some 2014 motorcycles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On October 16, Harley-Davidson announced a voluntary recall of over 25,000 motorcycles spanning several models of it's 2014 touring and CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) product lines.

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) wishes to share with its members and all riders the specifics so they can spread the word to all those who may possibly be affected.  Also, please note that the MMA will ensure that it's own 2014 Harley-Davidson raffle bike is also corrected under the recall.

The voluntary recall requests the existing owners do not ride their 2014 affected models until they are inspected by a Harley-Davidson dealer and if necessary, corrected.  The problem revolves around the 2014 model's hydraulic clutch system which may prevent the clutch from disengaging, resulting in an inability to properly slow the motorcycle.

The specific details, including the models affected, are outlined in the Harley-Davidson press release below.  To make it easier for riders to recognize their own motorcycles or those of their friends and family, the effected motorcycles are: FLHTCU (Electra Glide Ultra Classic), FLHTK (Ultra Limited), FLHTP (Electra Glide Police), FLHX, (Street Glide), FLHXS (Street Glide Special), FLHRSE (CVO Road King), FLHTCUTG (Tri Glide Ultra), FLHTKSE (CVO Limited), FXSBSE (CVO Breakout), and FLSTNSE (CVO Deluxe).

For more information, please contact your Harley-Davidson Service Agent or SafetyDirector@MassMotorcycle.org

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Harley-Davidson Press Release:

Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is acting quickly to address potential safety issues by voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system that may pose a safety issue for 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 motorcycle is fixed. 

“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.” 

The recalls affect 25,185 Touring motorcycles, models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, and 3,861 Softail® CVOs and Trikes, models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE, built between May 3, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013. 

Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a condition in which the hydraulic clutch system may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. If the clutch does not disengage as intended, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, which could result in an accident. Harley-Davidson has initiated these recalls to correct the affected motorcycles. 

The company is taking the additional measure of issuing a Do Not Ride notice to riders given the potential safety issues. The company wants owners of affected motorcycles to contact an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer immediately to arrange for an inspection. The dealer will pick up, inspect and make the necessary repairs at no cost to the owner. The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour. 

Although the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is closed as a result of the partial government shutdown, Harley-Davidson is proceeding with these voluntary recalls consistent with NHTSA’s process. 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company 
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com