Thursday, February 8, 2018

HARLEY RECALL...Harley-Davidson recalls 175K motorcycles for failing brakes

  Just an FYI for my fellow enthusiasts:

Less than a year after another large recall, and amidst disappointing earnings reports, a depressed sales forecast, and the consolidation of their Kansas City and York manufacturing facilities, Harley-Davidson announced a new recall of approximately 175,000 motorcycles for malfunctioning and failing brakes.

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The new recall (Harley-Davidson recall number 0171) affects a lot of bikes, according to CNET. Every Touring, CVO Touring, and VSRC motorcycle built in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 with antilock brakes is affected. That includes over 30 Harley-Davidson models in total, including police models:
  • Road King
  • Road King Police
  • Electra Glide Standard Police
  • Electra Glide Classic
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic
  • Street Glide
  • 2008 VROD
  • CVO Road King 4
  • Night Rod
  • CVO Ultra Classic 3
  • Night Rod Special
  • 2008-2010 Road King Classic
  • 2008-2009 Road Glide and Electra Glide Standard
  • 2009-2010 V-Rod
  • 2009 CVO Ultra Classic and CVO Road Glide 3
  • 2009-2011 Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle
  • 2010 CVO Ultra Classic 5 and CVO Street Glide
  • 2010-2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited and Road Glide Custom
  • 2011 Road Glide Ultra 103
  • Street Glide 103
  • Road King Classic 103
  • CVO Ultra Classic 6
  • CVO Road Glide Ultra
  • Road Glide Custom 103
  • CVO Street Glide 2
According to the recall, “deposits” can form “on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule.” If a motorcycle’s front or rear brake pedal feels “hard” (or cannot be activated at all) at startup or after an ABS event, it may already be affected by deposits in the bike’s antilock braking system.
Over 40 complaints — including three crashes and two injuries — gave cause to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to pressure Harley-Davidson to declare a national recall. The agency had been investigating complaints about the problem since summer 2016.
Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the brakes of every motorcycle covered by the recall and replace it with Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid, according to the recall, at no cost to the owner. Recalls are scheduled to begin February 12th; owners are urged to contact Harley-Davidson customer service with questions.



  1. User fails to follow instructions.
    Manufacturer at fault?

  2. I agree with Angus. How can it be Harley's fault if Harley owners are too stupid and lazy to change brake fluid as scheduled?

  3. Replies
    1. I am 68 and just got a Honda Goldwing trike two year ago. No worry about tipping over, just take the curves and corners a little slower than a two wheeler.

  4. For HD models 1981 to present, over 93% are STILL on the road (fact).

    The other 7% made it home.....

    Good night! I love you all!

  5. I have on '06 ElectraGlide. I do not have antilock brakes as they were not available. I do change my brake fluid in November on even numbered years. Service is not that hard if you want it to last.

  6. What he said. (2005 Dyna Glide)

  7. So apparently, HD needs to make their scoots Rider-proof.

    And I'm not even an HD fan. I ride a Honda. But damn, if the manual says "Change this fluid every two years", you change the damn fluid every two years! It ain't hard!

  8. My '06 Vrod (VRSCR model) isn't effected although it has the Brembo brakes,it doesn't have ABS. Also it's no big deal for me to change out the fluids in the brake and clutch master cylinders.

    One thing to point out to those who say the owners should have done it,Harley's ABS system requires the use of the Digital Technician to properly bleed the brakes. And as a Catch 22, dealerships are the only ones with that software.

    I swear it's little shit like that makes me wish I still had my kickstart only Shovelhead.

    1. I hear ya. There are days I long for points distributors and carbs.


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