Last week Harley-Davidson issued a recall for ABS-equipped 2014 touring models. The recall notice affects 66,421 motorcycles and the issue is placement of the bike’s front brake line, which may become pinched between the fuel tank and frame, potentially locking up the front wheel.
Owners affected will be notified by H-D, and be offered a free fix at a dealer near them. Dealers will inspect the brake line for damage and replace as necessary. Additionally, the dealer will install cable straps to ensure the brake line will not become compromised in the future.
Recall documentation published at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) details the defect as follows: “Some of these motorcycles may have been assembled with a front brake line in a position where it could become pinched between the fuel tank and the frame, either at original assembly or during subsequent service activity. If this condition remains undetected, it could cause front brake fluid pressure to increase while riding, possibly resulting in a front wheel lock-up.”
Mother Harley began an investigation in September 2013. During the investigation, six warranty issues were potentially linked to the brake line issue. Among those six incidents was one crash, with no injuries.
Within a week, corrective action was taken on the York plants final assembly line. Cable straps were added to retain the line, and prevent the pinch. Harley reports the investigation closed on November 11, 2013.
On May 7, 2014, the investigation was reopened when a Final Vehicle Audit at the York facility “reported a touring bike with a pinch in a different location, between the fuel tank and the frame several inches forward of the rear fuel tank mounting bracket.”
Subsequently, an additional cable strap was added during the production process addressing the possibility of a pinch at the new suspected location. The Motor Company reviewed its warranty data, and reports that there were “a total of 39 warranty claims potentially related to this issue, four of which reported crashes (with one reported minor injury).”
If you feel your bike may be affected by this recall, H-D owners can contact Harley’s customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Those potentially affected bikes are the models listed below, manufactured between July 1, 2013, through May 7, 2014:
• 2014 FLHP Road King Police
• 2014 FLHR Road King
• 2014 FLHRC Road King Classic
• 2014 FLHRSE CVO Road King
• 2014 FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic
• 2014 FLHTCUTC (Uncertain on specific model, but possibly FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Trike)
• 2014 FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited
• 2014 FLHTKSE CVO Limited
• 2014 FLHTKSHRINE Electra Glide Ultra Limited Shrine Edition
• 2014 FLHTP Electra Glide Police
• 2014 FLHX Street Glide
• 2014 FLHXS Street Glide Special
• 2014 FLHXSHRINE Street Glide Shrine Edition
If you have one of these models made during that period of time, contact your dealer for resolution.