Clutch May Fail to Disengage in Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

The recall applies to 14 distinct models, totaling about 27,000 motorcycles

Clutch May Fail to Disengage in Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
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July 27, 2016

Harley-Davidson Motor Company has announced a recall for motorcycles with a potentially defective clutch.

The manufacturer's recall applies to certain 2016 model year motorcycles. In the affected models, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The company is including more than 27,000 motorcycles in its recall.

The recall applies to 14 distinct 2016 models. This includes the 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), and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE).

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch master cylinder for the presence of gas in the fluid, if so, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall began July 25, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Harley-Davidson customer service at (800) 258-2464.