Harley RecallsFor the second time this year, Harley-Davidson has issued a major recall on 2014 models from its Project Rushmore lineup.
The latest voluntary recall issued this week includes 126,978 of The Motor Company’s 2014 Touring, CVO Touring and CVO Softail motorcycles and Trikes due to hydraulic clutch system issues.The affected motorcycles include the following 2014 models: Street Glide, Road King, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, CVO Limited, CVO Road King, Police and Shrine editions, twin-cooled Electra Glide Ultra Classic, CVO Softail, Tri Glide, and Road King Classic (non-US market).Harley says the affected motorcycles – built in Milwaukee between May 22, 2013 and July 18, 2014, and outside the U.S. between March 25, 2013 and Aug. 20, 2014 – could develop a tear in the hydraulic clutch system. This may cause the clutch to disengage, potentially pushing the bike forward while stopped, causing a low-speed tip over.Harley had issued the recall after dealing with 19 separate crashes by both customers and during testing. During the crashes, no injuries were reported.Harley says it will rebuild the clutches free of charge, and all owners of the affected motorcycles should receive a recall letter.Harley also has recalled 1,384 of its 2015 XG500 and XG 750 Street models due to a possible fuel tank leak. Dealers will inspect the Street motorcycles, and if the tank is leaking, replace it free of charge.These recalls are one of three major ones this year. In July, Harley recalled 66,421 of its 2014 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles due to the front-brake line issues. Harley also recalled over 9,000 of its Breakout and CVO Breakout motorcycles due to fuel-gauge issues.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!