A Harley-Davidson recall is in effect, and the “critical” recall on Harley-Davidson bikes of the 2014 Touring model lineup has been made over issues surrounding the clutch of some hydraulic vehicles. “Safety is our top concern” is the official word from a spokesman for Harley-Davidson, and Web Pro News shares this Thursday, Oct. 17, that the voluntary recall has been given a “Do Not Ride” and “Do Not Deliver” warning.
The Harley-Davidson recall affects all current holders of 2014 Touring Harley-Davidson bikes, including several different models of the motorcycles. Dealers have been given a formal “Do Not Deliver” heads-up, while current owners have also been issued a “Do Not Ride” notice. The affected bikes include models that were built between early May this 2013 all the way to mid October. They are currently listed in the critical recall announcement as:
“25,185 Touring motorcycles (FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE) as well as 3,861 Softail® CVOs and Trikes (FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE, and FLSTNSE).
The recall has been called a "critical" one by the company, as in some vehicles, the hydraulic clutch system may malfunction, meaning that when someone tries to slow down or stop one of the recalled Harleys, it may not do so, possibly leading to a hazardous accident.
The popular American biking company took to their official Twitter account to also tweet the news about the clutch issues posing a safety threat to their customers, and later offered a statement adding that as always, it is “safety that’s our top priority.”
The tweet this week read:
“We are voluntarily recalling certain 2014 motorcycles equipped with hydraulic clutch systems. Visit http://bit.ly/H4ZoU8 for more info.”
A short time afterwards, the General Manager of Motorcycle New Product Delivery had this to say to both dealers and customers on the Harley-Davidson recall over the 2014 Touring motorcycles:
“The safety of our customers is our highest priority. 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 this issue and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect,” concluded Tony Wilcox.
This 2013 recall aside, it’s likely a combination of these great rides and honest interest in their bike buyers that has led Harley-Davidson to become the successful bike company it remains today.