Harley recalling 238K motorcycles from 2017 and 2018 model years

Issue with hydraulic clutch assemblies prompts action

2018 FLTRXS Road Glide Special. Touring.

Last updated on July 7th, 2019 at 02:16 pm

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling roughly 238,300 motorcycles from its 2017 and 2018 model years because of an issue with hydraulic clutch assemblies.

Harley issued a recall on all 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO Touring models.

The recall applies to model year 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO Touring models and certain 2017 Softail models. An internal leak in a portion of the clutch can, over time, lead to the clutch disengaging on its own.

Harley says it notified dealers of the voluntary recall on Monday. Customers with affected motorcycles should receive a letter from the company the week of Nov. 5, according to Pat Sweeney, a Harley spokeswoman.

The company estimates the recall will cost approximately $35 million and will be included in its fourth quarter results.

In 2016, Harley recalled 27,000 motorcycles from its 2016 model year after discovering the clutch may not disengage in certain circumstances. The 2014 and 2015 model years also included a recall of around 55,000 motorcycles for clutch issues.


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