There has been a massive recall strategy being conducted by Harley Davidson. Recently after complaints in clutch disengagement, the company had to recall more than 45,000 of its motorcycles. This includes the models released in the past few months like the Police Electra Glide, Road Glide, Electra Glide, Road King and various other models of 2015 as well as 2014.
In the larger recall, the company is repairing 45,901 examples of 2014 CVO Road King, the 2014-2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, and CVO Street Glide; as well as the 2015 model year units of the Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low, Ultra Limited Low, Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled, Road Glide Special, and Road Glide. For these bikes, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to fully work, especially after long periods of being parked. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (as a PDF, here), this is because “a chemical reaction inside of the sealed clutch system creates gas bubbles which may cause loss of clutch lift.”
If this occurs, the bikes can move unexpectedly when the rider puts the transmission in gear. According to the NHTSA report, this problem is responsible for 313 warranty claims, 31 customer complaints, 27 incidents or crashes, and 4 minor injuries possibly linked to the issue. To fix things, Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the system and rebuild the master cylinder.
In a second, smaller campaign, Harley is also recalling 8,904 examples of the 2015 XG500 and XG750. Some of these motorcycles might not be manufactured with a rear reflector assembly, and therefore they don’t meet federal guidelines. Dealers will install the part for affected owners.