Harley-Davidson is recalling almost 46,000 motorcycles in the United States due to the potential issue of bikes staying in gear due to clutches that wouldn’t fully disengage. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder 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. This was apparently caused by a chemical reaction inside the clutch system creating gas bubbles which may cause loss of clutch lift.
The recall comes in the wake of various customer complaints and as a result of 27 accidents which resulted in injuries in four of those crashes – likely from riders panicking and not rolling off the throttle or applying the brakes when the clutch wouldn’t disengage.
The recall covers models from the 2014 and 2014 years such as the Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners and dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 23, 2015. Owners in The United may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0165. More details of the recall are located here. No word as yet if the recall will be extended worldwide.