Harley-Davidson calls in 66k Touring bikes for brake line problems
Most of the recalls we cover involve four-wheeled automobiles – and most of those these days have come from General Motors, at that – but every once in a while a motorcycle recall comes across our desks that’s just too substantial to ignore. This is one of those recalls.
Harley-Davidson has announced a recall of 66,421 of its motorcycles. The units in question are from the Touring and CVO Touring series, specifically those equipped with ABS brakes and manufactured between July 1, 2013, and May 7, 2014. The problem apparently revolves around an improperly installed front brake line that’s prone to be pinched between the tank and the frame, increasing fluid pressure in the brake line and potentially causing the front wheel to lock up. Which sounds like it would be bad enough in a car, but that much worse on a motorbike.
As a result, the Motor Company is notifying owners to have their local dealer inspect their iron horses for potential damage and, in addition to replacing any damaged brake line, fit an extra cable strap or two to prevent it from sliding between the frame and the fuel tank. Delve into the recall notice below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a full list of specific models affected.