Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is recalling nearly 55,000 motorcycles because of possible safety defects, according to new documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the filings, Harley will recall 45,901 motorcycles because of a problem with the power train.
The recall covers certain Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from the 2014 and 2015 model years.
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. 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.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin April 23.
Harley also is recalling 8,904 additional motorcycles because of problems with exterior lighting and visibility. The recalled model year 2015 XG500 motorcycles were manufactured between Jan. 28, 2014, and March 9, 2015, as well as the 2015 XG750 motorcycles manufactured May 12, 2014 to March 9, 2015. The affected motorcycles may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will install a rear reflector assembly, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin this month.
Owners with questions about the recalls can contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.