HD’s New Hydraulic Clutch is Presenting Problems for the Motor Company

In an effort to be proa2014 Harley-Davidson Hydraulic Clutch Recall ctive and address a potentially fatal situation, Harley-Davidson has issued one of its largest voluntary recalls. This recall affects almost 30,000 units in its 2014 touring and CVO lineup. The concern seems to be their new hydraulic clutch system. It has been documented the clutch could potentially not disengage. Details of the recall can be viewed in the press release below. To help identify the affected models, the model names associated with the model numbers are listed below the announcement.

-Touring-
FLHXS – Touring Street Glide Special
FLHTCU- Electra Glide Ultra Classic
FLHTK – Ultra Limited
FLHTP – Electra Glide Police
FLHX – Street Glide
FLHXS – New Street Glide Special
FLHTKSE – CVO Limited
FLHRSE –CVO Road King

-Softail CVOs and Trikes-

FLHTCUTG – Tri Glide Ultra
FXSBSE – CVO Breakout
FLSTNSE-CVO Deluxe

Press Release Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

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.