CHICAGO: Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson announced on Friday to recall about 57,000 motorcycles worldwide, as improperly installed clamps on oil cooler lines could cause a crash.
Today Harley-Davidson announced a recall of 46,000 late model motorcycles in the U.S. for improperly installed clamps on oil cooler lines. These could allow the line to come loose and spray oil on the back tire, potentially causing a crash.Affected models include variants of the recall covers certain 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special motorcycles built from July 2, 2016, through May 9, 2017.
This is a voluntary recall in the interest of customer safety,” Harley said in the statement
Modern Harley’s aren’t as unreliable as their older counterparts. With fuel injection and other modern amenities, they are a far cry from the Harley’s of old that leaked oil on purpose. Yet an American made vehicle, and a Harley in particular, getting recalled for leaking oil due to a manufacturing error, evokes many negative stereotypes. The affected models are among their best selling bikes. The Street Glide, in particular, is Harley’s top selling model according to the sales representative I spoke with last month.
Harley says a clamp on an engine oil cooler line may not have been installed correctly, which can cause oil line come loose, spewing oil into the path of the rear tire.The company says it has nine reports of oil lines coming off. The problem caused two crashes and one minor injury.Dealers will inspect the clamps and fix them free of charge. The recall is expected to start next Tuesday.
This is not the first recall Harley-Davidson has had this year. Local media reported the sudden shutdown of their factory in Pennsylvania in January due to “a critical malfunction of a clutch assembly.”
Last summer they recalled 27,000 bikes for a clutch master cylinder problem. And in 2015 Harley issued a recall the very same models affected by the new recall, though for earlier versions than the ones affected by the latest recall.