Springtime, when the weather gets better and the motorcycles start hitting the road. For the Harley Davidson (HD) enthusiast, it is time to get the bikes road ready.
Unfortunately, it is time to also make sure the bikes are in the best shape possible, including making sure the bike has no needed recall work.
Recently, Motorcyclist Online magazine reported fourteen HD models are being recalled for a clutch that may not disengage.
Affected bikes include model year 2016
Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL)
Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)
Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)
Street Glide (FLHX)
Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)
Road Glide (FLTRX)
Police Electra Glide (FLHTP)
Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU)
Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS)
Softail Slim S (FLSS)
CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE)
The problem is described by Motorcyclist as the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. The problem is more pronounced if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.
The clutch issue is problematic because if the clutch cannot fully disengage, the motorcycle can suddenly lurch forward without warning and cause an accident.
For those of us not blessed to live in year round riding weather, it is worth checking out if your bike is affected.
HD will perform an inspection and flush the system and rebuild the master cylinder, free of charge if the bike is affected.
Per Motorcyclist, owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.
Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0169.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.
Riders may also check the HD website. The site compiles data on HD recalls since 1999 and is updated regularly. On the site riders have the option of being directed to safecar.gov or can list the vehicle identification number on the site to research a particular bike.
Be proactive and ride safe.