Harley-Davidson recalls 66,000 2014 touring bikes for brake line issue

Publish Date: 
Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 ABS-equipped motorcycles because of a potential brake line fault that could cause the front wheel to lock up.

The recall applies to model year 2014 ABS-equipped Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles, models FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP, and FLHRSE, manufactured July 1, 2013, through May 7, 2014.

The affected motorcycles may have been assembled with the front brake line positioned so that it can be pinched between the fuel tank and frame, causing the front brake fluid pressure to increase. This could result in a front wheel lockup, increasing the risk of a crash.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycles for brake line damage and replace the damaged lines as necessary. Dealers will also install one or two cable straps to prevent the line from being pinched in the future, free of charge.

The defect was first discovered last September, when a police motorcycle was being set up for duty. Harley-Davidson has received 39 reports that may be related to the issue, one involving a minor injury. The recall is expected to begin in this month.

Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1 (800) 258-2464, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or online.