“Do not ride” is the message Harley-Davidson has released to dealers this week regarding its new 2014 touring motorcycles.
According to a statement released by the Milwaukee-based company Wednesday, several different models and a total of 25,185 motorcycles are being voluntarily recalled for a faulty hydraulic clutch system. According to the press release, Harley-Davidson dealers have been issued a “do not ride” and “do not deliver” notice until the safety issue is remedied.
“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,” said Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson general manager of motorcycle new product delivery. “The company is committed to correcting this issue and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect… The safety of our customers is our highest priority,” he said.
The recall reportedly affects specific models of the 2014 bikes. According to the press release, FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE models are currently the only bikes included in the recall. Harley-Davidson has also issued a recall for 3,861 Softail® CVOs and Trikes (models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE) built between May 3 and Oct. 14 of this year.
According to a report from Reuters, the faulty clutch does not “disengage” properly and can cause a potential accident due to its inability to allow riders to slow or stop their motorcycles.
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Owners of defective Harley-Davidson products are being advised to contact their dealer as soon as possible to arrange for an inspection. Dealers will reportedly pick up, inspect and correct the faulty system free of charge.
Harley-Davidson 2013 Recall:
2014 Touring Motorcycle- Model FLHTCU
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHTK
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHTP
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHX
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHXS
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHTKSE
2014 Touring Motorcycle Model FLHRSE
Softail® CVOs and Trikes Model FLHTCUTG
Softail® CVOs and Trikes Model FXSBSE
Softail® CVOs and Trikes Model FLSTNSE