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If you bought a new Harley-Davidson recently (specifically a Touring or Softail model), you may want to stop riding it for the time being, because the company has put out a recall notice on certain models.

The issue apparently involves the hydraulic clutch, which has reportedly proven difficult in certain circumstances to disengage. If you can't disengage the clutch, you could have trouble slowing down or stopping, potentially resulting in a crash. And crashes are not a good thing, especially on a motorbike.

The recall affects nearly 30,000 bikes and trikes manufactured between May 3 and October 14, 2013, and includes Touring models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, and Softail models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE. If you're riding one of those, your dealership should be calling you to advise you not to ride your bike until they can come pick it up and fix the problem, which should only take about an hour.

Head on down below for the press release – which incidentally comes from Harley itself and not from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration which, like most government offices, has (until now) been closed for the past couple of weeks.
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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 16, 2013 - 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.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at www.harley-davidson.com.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they took the idea of the "suicide clutch" too far.
      • 1 Year Ago
      the sad part, it apparently is caused by idling with the clutch pulled in and in gear. As in, how many motorcyclist wait at a light
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have you noticed that people who own a Harley(s) don't comment on what other people ride. Kind of live and let ride attitude. I think before making negative and hateful comments, you should visit the NHTSA website. Most likely you will find your vehicle company had recalls, safety issues or a list of customer complaints. If you travel though Asia, Europe or any other continents on the globe...you'll find more beloved Harley enthusiasts that any other motorcycle group. Here is a simple question to the envies. How many motorcycle companies tried to copy Harley Davidson vs. Harley Davidson copying them? I've owned bikes starting with A though Y and for my pleasure...I settled down with a HD touring. It's okay to take your deck of cards, clothespin and attach them to your "bike" while pretending to be riding a Harley.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have been impressed with HD comeback story. A good business read. It appears recalls are becoming the norm for most personal transportation options for the consumer. I only wish to understand as to why recalls occur in the first place as frequently as they do- or reported and is a common denominator materializing? We never seem to hear that side of the story. Just reporting on the recall is simply a third-grade rewrite Noah. Dig a bit deeper - most of us can read a press release.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who would buy these things? It's like buying a daewoo, you should know better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I don't ride, but I know many who do. Most will tell you that Harley is nowhere near the pinnacle of performance nor build quality, but it still has its appeal. It's because it has an image that is unlike any motorcycle. It's an icon and like many iconic vehicles, it comes with trade-offs that many still excuse to enjoy owning and riding a Harley-Davidson.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Rayvan, Nope. I have talked to a number of Harley owners and ex-owners who claim Harley has a lackluster approach to quality control. It has gotten better, but still nowhere near BMW or Japanese level. One of my closest friends rides Harley and loves the brand but will admit that their bikes are no where near the reliability or build quality of the Japanese bikes he has owned/owns. I'm not saying they are bad bikes, it's just that people get them for reasons other than quality or performance. It's more for image and to own/ride an American icon.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 1 Year Ago
        Those who love a retro American made bike, you know like the one still copied by everyone. More importantly, countless millions. To many Americans, owning a Harley is like owning a Vette or Viper someday.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You also may want to stop riding it because it's just so damn ugly.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Right. So ugly that nearly every other bike company builds a look-alike.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A motorized sofa for those who don't know any better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Harleys are just like hemorrhoids, sooner or later every as.hole gets one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      HD's new marketing slogan.... "United by Recalls"
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh teh nooosss.... It's a Harley. Better criticize people for their purchase decision so I can look cool on AutoBlog.
      hans moleman
      • 1 Year Ago
      recall all of them. this world should be rid of all harleys
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hans moleman
        Just as soon as you rid yourself of your Schwinn.
      • 1 Year Ago
      No recall for all that chrome distracting other drivers and increasing the probability of a crash?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huh? I thought all Harleys have clutch drag?
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