If you have a 2014 or 2015 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle, your bike may be a part of a massive recall due to a faulty clutch master cylinder. See a full model list of recalled Harleys below.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA), the Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from both the 2014 and 2015 model years have been recalled due to issues with the clutch master cylinder. Almost 46,000 bikes are part of this recall, and several accidents and minor injuries have been associated with the faulty part.
The clutch master cylinder in the recalled motorcycles may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch. The NTSA states that the clutch issue is especially problematic if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.
The list of potentially affected models in the Harley Davidson recall includes:
2014 Model Year
- CVO Road King (FLHRSE)
2014-2015 Model Year
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC)
- Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
- Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX)
- Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
- CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE)
2015 Model Year
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL)
- Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC)
- Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)
- Road Glide (FLTRX)
Harley-Davidson is in the process of sending out notices to owners of the motorcycles that are being recalled, and issued an apology to customers who own the affected bikes.
“First and foremost, we apologize to our customers for this issue. We’re riders, too, so share in the frustration. Customer safety is our first priority.”
The L.A. Times reports that Harley dealers will perform free service checks to flush the clutch systems and rebuild the defective master cylinders on all of the recalled motorcycles. Owners can call Harley-Davidson customer service at 800-258-2464 and reference recall 0165 if they have any questions or need to find a nearby dealer.
In addition to the recall associated with the clutch, there is also another Harley-Davidson recall associated with the rear reflector assembly. Motorcycle USA reports that this recall affects almost 9,000 bikes that “may have been manufactured without a rear reflector assembly.” Included in the recall are certain 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 700 motorcycles manufactured from May 12, 2014 through March 9, 2015.
Check for the recalls on your Harley-Davidson motorcycle by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) here.
If you or someone you know has been in an accident due to these recalls please call the Tom Reinecke Law Firm at our toll free number at (800) 275-8326. We can help you!
In July 2015 the California lane-sharing bill AB51 was in disputes, this bill was created to put restrictions on the popular motorcyclists rights in California for lane-sharing. Just to be clear this bill would not revoke the right to lane split but it would be put speed restrictions on lane splitting. The main two restrictions that would be placed on lane-sharing with motorcyclists would be: 1) You could not pass a vehicle moving faster than 50mph. 2) You cannot pass a vehicle at 15 mph more than the speed of the moving vehicle you are passing.
As you can imagine there are good arguments and agreements when it comes to the law imposing these restrictions. Studies have found that lane-sharing can be just as safe as riding the 2 wheeled vehicle in the middle of the lane. It is the responsibility of other motorists to be aware of the motorcyclists around them.
The following document contains guidelines for lane-sharing or lane-splitting: CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines.
According to UC Berkeley “Riding a motorcycle between lanes may be safer than critics believe. The UC Berkeley report looked at 5,969 motorcycle accidents in California from July 2012 to August 2013. Of those, 997 involved lane-splitting. The study concluded that motorcyclists splitting lanes at 50 mph or slower were far less likely to suffer serious injury from their accidents than motorcyclists who were not lane-splitting or doing it at high speeds:
- 9 percent of lane-splitters at moderate speeds suffered head injuries, compared with 17 percent overall.
- 19 percent suffered injuries to their torso, compared with 29 percent overall.
- And the death rate was 1.2 percent, compared with 3 percent overall.Still, some drivers resent lane-splitters, and their frustration can lead to road rage. Motorists sometimes refuse to give motorcyclists room to weave their way through stop-and-go traffic. And motorcyclists who travel between lanes at high speeds may unnerve drivers, who fear they might not see the two-wheelers when changing lanes.”
As a California Motorist you should know the following:
1) Lane splitting by motorcycles is not illegal in California when done in a safe and prudent manner.
2) Motorists should not take it upon themselves to discourage motorcyclists from lane splitting.
3) Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider is illegal (CVC 22400).
4) Opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcycle is illegal (CVC 22517).
5) Never drive while distracted.
6) You can help keep motorcyclists and all road users safe by
- Checking mirrors and blind spots, especially before changing lanes or turning
- Signaling your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
- Allowing more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency
If you are a California motorist or motorcyclist check the Lane Splitting is Legal to obtain “Share the Road Stickers” and subscribe to receive updates of the AB51 California Lane-sharing bill.
Its been a busy year for motorcycle recalls. For your safety, you need to make sure your motorcycle is up-to-date on all recall repairs. If you have been notified of a safety defect for your bike, it is up to you to get the repairs made. Safety recalls by federal law are always free of charge.
Generally manufacturers will send out letters with details of the recall to the registered owner of the motorcycle when there is a safety recall. Sometimes you will even receive a phone call. Safety recalls usually involve the brakes, chain, shock absorbers, toe clips, rear wheels or tires.
Riding a defective motorcycle can be a safety hazard so even if you haven’t been notified, perhaps due to change of address or you purchased a used motorcycle, you should verify your bike is not due recall repairs by performing a VIN lookup. You can go to https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ to lookup recalls by VIN – Vehicle Identification Number. The VIN search tool covers:
- Safety recalls that are incomplete on a vehicle
- Safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years
- Safety recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.
If you own a Harley-Davidson, you can go to the Harley Davidson website to look up recalls.
The following is a list of motorcycle recalls to date in 2015 :
Harley-Davidson Recalls 2015 Street 500 & 750 Motorcycles – Friday, August 21, 2015
Honda Recalls 2013-2015 CB500F & CBR500R Motorcycles – Friday, August 21, 2015
Honda Recalls 45,153 Motorcycles – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Harley-Davidson Recalls more than 185,000 motorcycles due to loose saddlebags. The recall includes 15 models from 2014 and 2015. – July 23, 2015.
Honda Recalls 2014 & 2015 CBR1000S Models – Monday, May 11, 2015
Triumph Recall: Daytona 675R & Speed Triple R – Friday, May 8, 2015
Yamaha Recalls 2015 YZF-R1M Motorcycles – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
KTM Recalls 2015 690 Enduro R Motorcycles – Friday, May 1, 2015
H-D Recall: 8904 Street & 45,901 Touring Models – Friday, April 24, 2015
Yamaha Recall Notice for 2015 Motorcycles – Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ohlins Recalls TTX36 Shock Absorbers – Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Ducati Recalls 2010-2014 Multistrada 1200 – Friday, April 3, 2015
BMW Recalls 46,426 Motorcycles – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2015 Indian Scout Recalled for Rear Brake – Monday, March 16, 2015
Kawasaki Concours 14 Police Motorcycle Recall – Thursday, March 12, 2015
2013 Model Year Can-Am Spyder RT Recall – Thursday, February 26, 2015
Brammo Empulse & Empulse R Recall Notice – Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Polaris Issues 2015 Slingshot Recall – Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Aprilia Shiver 750 & Caponord 1200 Recall – Friday, January 16, 2015
Harley Recalls 19,015 2012 Dyna /Softails – Monday, January 5, 2015
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a defective or recalled motorcycle, contact a California motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.