We've seen a rash of ignition switch recalls this year, especially from General Motors, but also from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Harley-Davidson is joining their ranks with a new repair campaign on some of its bikes, but for a somewhat different reason: some examples of one model might be vibrating too much.

According to Harley's recall filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem affects 3,361 units of the 2014.5 FXDL Dyna Low Rider built from January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014. The report states that "certain optional performance electronic control module calibrations" may cause enough engine vibrations to move the ignition switch from the "IGN" on position to the "ACC" position where only the accessories work. This movement would shut off the engine.

The full defect notice goes into more detail explaining that the engine mount bracket on these models has a resonant frequency that happens around 5,800 rpm. At this point, it begins vibrating the ignition switch and can cause it to change position. The stock bikes only allow engine speeds up to 5,600 rpm, according to the report, but the company offers an option to increase the limit further.

To fix the problem, Harley is replacing the "engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob," on all models, even those that still have the 5,600-rpm limiter in place, according to the notice. Scroll down to read the recall announcement or check out the full defect notice in PDF format, here.
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Ignition Switch may Turn Off

Report Receipt Date: JUL 08, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V413000

Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,361
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
H-D FXDL 2014
Details

Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2014.5 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles manufactured January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014. In the affected motorcycles, certain optional performance electronic control module calibrations may allow higher engine rpms that could result in engine vibrations that cause the ignition switch to move from the "IGN" (ignition on) to "ACC" (accessory only) position, which will shut the engine off.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the vibration causes the ignition switch to move to the accessory only position, the motorcycle would stall while riding, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      normc32
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hawgs vibrate?
        Humberto Yi
        • 4 Months Ago
        @normc32
        Just the A motors, the soft tail motors are counter balanced and ridged mounted to the frame, 103B motor. The dyna, touring motor is not counter balanced and is rubber mounted to the frame, you can buy whichever you prefer
      kmdk78
      • 4 Months Ago
      HD is great if you like antiquated motorcycles.
      Bombdefuzer
      • 4 Months Ago
      Loud. Vibrates so bad that it turns itself off. Never understood the HD appeal. I'd rather dress normal and ride a scooter than put on a costume and ride with other guys.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bombdefuzer
        I don't dress, I don't barhop. Don't lump me in. It's a motorcycle thats like a work of art and I love mine. To each his own.
          Jeff Gilleran
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Timothy Tibbetts
          Well said Tim. I myself don't care for the show of a HD, but its still a bike no matter who rides it, and even more important for the guy/gal who owns one is that they love what they ride.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bombdefuzer
        At least you can hear a HD or other real bike, and bikers tend to go with traffic, not whip in and out of it like scooter folks tend to do.
        Humberto Yi
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bombdefuzer
        The motor doesn't even rev high enough to do this, unless modified, I'd say being very over cautious... And please, stick to your scooter, much more fitting
        rsholland
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bombdefuzer
        Haha! Perfect!!
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 4 Months Ago
      Good for HD, doing the right thing. It is vital to be able to count on your machine when YOU are the crush zone.
      Nucking Futs
      • 4 Months Ago
      Time to switch and upgrade to the all new Indian Scout or Chief.
      Alan Cohen
      • 4 Months Ago
      Has anyone noticed that over the past 50 years, as vehicles get more computer dependent, that there are more and more recalls? When there was just the engine, no computers at all on cars, no fancy chip activated ignition switches, there were no recalls. Just proves, to err is human, to really screw things up takes a computer.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      Chinese parts?
      JeffC
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't know how a Harley stays together at all. They shake and vibrate so bad it is pathetic. See them at a stop light how the entire bike is shaking. Sad that we don't have an American manufacturer of motorcycles that uses something other than a V-Twin engine that shakes like they do. I nice inline 3 or 4 cylinder motor is so much smoother, and more powerful than the V-Twins. Maybe one of our manufacturers will wake up to this fact soon.
        Israel Isassi
        • 4 Months Ago
        @JeffC
        Most motorcycle manufacturers, probably all, make V-Twins and have been for many, many years. The fact that an engine is a V-Twin has nothing to do with the vibration. It's about the timing, angles, and mounting.
      Jason
      • 4 Months Ago
      Ironic as Jim Federico, executive level engineer from GM, who was linked by the media to the GM situation, recently joined H-D after retiring from GM. I imagine a bit of FML going on for that guy about now.
      fin
      • 4 Months Ago
      In Europe, recalls are much less common than in the US. Why?
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