Harley-Davidson Recalls 27,000 Motorcycles For Clutch Issue

14_FLHTK_DET11Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling 14 different 2016 models, a total of 27,232 motorycles, for a clutch issue hat could result in a crash. If a bike has been parked for an extended period of time, the clutch could malfunction with bike unexpectedly moving forward. As a warning sign, riders may notice a large amount of free play in the clutch lever when they first squeeze it. According to the recall notice of the Traffic Safety Administration the issue is partially related to another recall that included 2014 and 2015 models. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Recall number is 0169,

13 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Recalls 27,000 Motorcycles For Clutch Issue”


  1. 1 SYF Jul 28th, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Didn’t they go through this on the 2014 touring models.
    whats wrong with a cable?

  2. 2 Matt W. Jul 28th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    So this is round 3 of the same issue?

  3. 3 rebel Jul 28th, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    hydraulic clutch

  4. 4 Industryguy Jul 28th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Oooff!!!

  5. 5 Rogue Jul 29th, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I have a friend with a 2014 Trike that has been having those problems and recently changed it back to a clutch cable and the problems are solved.

  6. 6 calif phil Jul 29th, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I wish HD would go back to the clutch cable. The friction zone is unrecognizable with the hyd clutch. Lever effort is greater also.

  7. 7 Hazy Jul 29th, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I am not a fan of the HD hydraulic clutch, at least not on the FLHTPIs I wrenched on. A couple of the LEOs in the Motor Unit stayed with their old ’04 after test riding the newer units. On the ’04s I was able to install an easy clutch type of internal release, keep the cable lubed, and adjusted freeplay to suit rider preference and situation. The hydraulic clutch had no adjustment to speak of for operator feel or preference, but the biggest complaint and deal breaker was the extreme effort. The clutch pull was ridiculous. When you spend all day maneuvering through traffic and tight situations that is a major concern. I think HD really got this wrong.

  8. 8 Emmett Jul 29th, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Definitely a cable guy and wouldn’t have it any other way………….

  9. 9 1550tc Jul 29th, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    ditto on this one

    Definitely a cable guy and wouldn’t have it any other way……

    and just swap out a cable in 3-4 years

  10. 10 Stony Crane Aug 2nd, 2016 at 1:20 am

    SYF, go to Sturgis and you’ll see what’s wrong with a cable bro, lol.

  11. 11 Woody's Aug 2nd, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Nothing wrong with hydraulic or cable, both need regular but different maintenance and perhaps more important, both need good design, well executed.

  12. 12 SYF Aug 4th, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Stony, what does that even mean?
    I’ve been to Sturgis. My clutch cable worked fine.
    I don’t get your point.

  13. 13 Wendell Battig Aug 25th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The sweeping recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that “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.” The notice goes on to report that “when the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.”

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