Harley-Davidson recall is affecting nearly 30,000 motorcycles this fall due to a hydraulic clutch problem, and a “Do Not Ride” notice has since been issued by the bike company. The CS Monitor reports this Thursday, Oct. 17, that the motorcycles have been recalled between late spring and late summer this 2013, and the clutch problem might pose a threat when riders are trying to slow down or stop their bikes.
The Harley-Davidson recall was first prompted after testing issues revealed a hydraulic clutch issue on the hit motorcycles, leading to almost 30,000 bikes recalled within the past several months. Harley-Davidson Inc. confirmed this Wednesday that they voluntarily issued the recall for the 2014 models in order to help ensure rider safety.
Among the recalled models, over 25,000 were touring models and nearly 4,000 were Custom Vehicle Operations and Trikes that were made between this May and Oct., 2013. The 2014 bikes have since been given a “Do Not Ride” warning to all owners, including a “Do Not Deliver” note to national Harley-Davidson dealers until the issues surrounding the hydraulic clutch system are fixed.
"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," the company said in a statement on the Harley-Davidson recall.
Harley-Davidson said it is proceeding with the 30,000 recalls consistent with National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's process in order to maintain public awareness and safety, though the U.S. government body has been closed due to the temporary government shutdown.
Harley-Davidson concluded that if they hydraulic clutch fails as intended, the rider could have a hard or dangerous time trying to stop the motorcycle, leading to a possible accident. Fortunately, the problems don’t seen too difficult to remedy.
"The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour," added the statement.
The 2014 Project RUSHMORE lineup did spark some definite fan interest in the latest model's bikes earlier this year as well.
Harley-Davidson recalled over 300,000 motorcycles back in 2011 as well, so this isn’t the first massive recall of these great bikes, but as always, driver safety is rightfully coming first.