H-D Recall: 8904 Street & 45,901 Touring Models

MotorcycleUSA Staff | April 24, 2015
Harley-Davidson has issued two recall notices through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The first affects certain 2015 model year Street 500 and Street 750 motorcycles manufactured from May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015. These vehicles “may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly.” There are 8904 units potentially affected.

The second recall includes a wide range of Touring models, with up to 45,901 units potentially affected by a clutch master cylinder that “may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.” The affected models were manufactured from April 28, 2014 to October 24, 2014. The full list of potentially affected models is below.

2014-2015 Model Year
Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC)
Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX)
Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)

2015 Model Year
Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL)
Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)
Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC)
Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)
Road Glide (FLTRX)

2014 Model Year
CVO Road King (FLHRSE)

The Street 500/750 recall is the result of an oversight at the Kansas City plant, according to the Non-Compliance Notice provided by the NHTSA. Without the rear reflector installed, the vehicle does not meet the requirements of FMVSS108.
The other, larger recall is the result of a “chemical reaction inside the sealed clutch system (which) creates gas bubbles which may cause loss of clutch lift,” according to the Defect Notice submitted to the NHTSA on April 9, 2015.

Harley has been investigating the issue since October 2014, prompted by eight warranty claims and two customer complains potentially related to the issue. By March 2015, the company had identified 313 warranty claims, 31 customer complaints and 27 incidents/crashes that were potentially related to the issue.

Affected models are equipped with master cylinder part numbers 36700056 and 36700049. If the conditions is present, the Defect Notice goes on to explain, “the customer may notice a large amount of “free play” in the clutch lever when they first squeeze the clutch after being parked for an extended period of time.”

Owners with affected Touring models will need to arrange service with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. If the defect is present, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder using a recall kit, free of charge.
Owners affected by either recall can call Harley-Davidson’s customer service line at 1-800.258-2464 for more information. The Street 500/750 recall ID is 0620. The Touring model recall ID is 0165.

Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.