Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 27,000 motorcycles from its 2016 model year after discovering the clutch may not disengage in certain circumstances.
The recall covers 14 different 2016 models, including Electric Glide Ultra Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low, Ultra Limited Low, Ultra Limited, CVO Street Glide, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide Special, Road Glide, Police Electra Glide, Road Glide Ultra, Fat Boy S, Softail Slim S, and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout.
The condition can cause loss of control of the motorcycle when it is started in gear or first shifted into gear after being parked for an extended period. Riders may notice a large amount of “free play” when they first squeeze the clutch, if the condition is present.
The company discovered the issue during its post-recall monitoring of a recall for 2014 and 2015 models after seeing a spike in warranty claims on the 2016 models.
Harley had sought to address the issue, which involved the potential for a chemical reaction and the development of a gas bubble in the clutch master cylinder, through process changes meant to ensure a higher degree of cleanliness.