Hey, Hog riders - take note. Harley-Davidson just announced two separate recalls affecting more than 54,000 motorcycles already on the roadways nationwide.
The largest of the two recalls affects 45,901 rides with faulty clutch master cylinders. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "a chemical reaction inside of the sealed clutch system creates gas bubbles which may cause loss of clutch lift."
This can cause a bike to lurch unexpectedly when the rider puts the transmission in gear, particularly after it's been parked for an extended period of time. Thus far, the issue has resulted in 313 warranty claims, 31 customer complaints, 27 crashes or other incidents and four minor injuries. Models affected include:
If you've got one of these rides, E3 Spark Plugs urges you to bring it to your nearest Harley-Davidson dealer to have the system flushed and the master cylinder rebuilt free of charge.
The second recall affects 8,904 2015 XG500 and XG750 models. Some of these rides may lack a rear reflector assembly, and therefore they don't meet federal guidelines. Your local Harley-Davidson dealers will install the part for free.