27,000 Harleys recalled

2nd August 2016


Clutch problem | Harley-Davidson | NHTSA


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Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra


Harley-Davidson is recalling 27,000 motorcycles in the USA. The problem this time (and there have been quite a few recalls lately) appears to lie in the clutch master cylinder which, after an unspecified period of non-use, could make the clutch hard to fully disengage with the concomitant risk of the bike lurching forward unexpectedly.


The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been notified. The models affected are:


Electra Glide Ultra Classic

Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low

Ultra Limited Low, Ultra Limited

CVO Street Glide, Street Glide

Street Glide Special

Road Glide Special

Road Glide

Police Electra Glide

Road Glide Ultra

Fat Boy S

Softail Slim S

CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout


We checked with a few UK Harley-Davidson dealers to see if the recall notice had been issued here. The first dealer we spoke to didn't know anything about it. But the second was clued in and advised us that recall letters will be sent in the post to the first owner. The position's less clear regarding subsequent owners.


This dealer had already sorted a few offending bikes and said the fix was due to the clutch master cylinder failing to generate sufficient lift. It was nothing too serious, but needs sorting. The workshop fix involves removing the gubbins of the master cylinder and replacing them with revised parts. It should take about one hour.




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