Harley recalls 105,000 2014 Touring bikes

Harley-Davidson has announced that it is recalling more than 105,000 Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year for a clutch master cylinder repair issue. According to documents submitted to NHTSA, 105,746 Touring models from the 2014 year are being recalled because a component in the clutch master cylinder may fail, reducing the pressure available to keep the clutch disengaged. Vehicles affected by this recall include:
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
  • Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
  • Police Electra Glide (FLHTP)
  • Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
  • Street Glide (FLHX)
  • Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG)
  • CVO Limited (FLHTKSE)
  • CVO Road King (FLHRSE)
  • CVO Breakout (FXSBSE)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Twin Cooled (FLHTCUTC)
  • Ultra Limited Shrine (FLHTK SHRINE)
  • Street Glide Shrine (FLHX SHRINE)
  • CVO Softail Deluxe (FLSTNSE)
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. estimates that about 10 percent of the recalled bikes have the defect. Harley-Davidson informed NHTSA that it had received about 632 warranty claims and 266 customer contacts related to clutch functionality issues as of Aug. 19. “There were a total of 19 crashes (low speed tip over) with three minor injuries reported. There was also one report of an incident where there was non actual crash but a reported minor injury,” the OEM stated. On both original equipment and Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories intended for these bike models, the hydraulic clutch system may develop a tear in the primary cup (seal) on the master cylinder piston. If the primary cup (seal) on the master cylinder piston develops a tear, then the system may lose the ability to maintain sufficient lift to keep the clutch disengaged. If this condition remains undetected, it could allow the motorcycle to “creep” forward from a stop, which could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle possibly causing a crash. Dealers will remedy the issue with a master cylinder rebuilt kit, which includes a plastic retaining ring that decreases the stress in the primary cup seal, the company stated. For more information and access to the official recall related documents visit the following link:  NHTSA website Veritech Consulting Engineering reconstructs accidents involving motor vehicles with a specialty in the reconstruction of motorcycle accidents.  Our motorcycle expert, Mark Kittel, P.E., is a former AMA pro-level road-racer and a registered professional engineer in multiple states.  Please contact us at 303-660-4395 with questions or to discuss the reconstruction of a motorcycle accident.

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