Harley-Davidson issued a recall for 21 different motorcycle models due to potentially faulty part that could increase the risk of a crash, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report said.
The report said a fastener securing the rear shock absorber may break and allow the rear shock absorber adjuster to damage the rear tire, causing a loss of tire pressure. A loss of tire pressure can lead to a loss of vehicle control, which increases crash risk.
Signs your motorcycle may be affected by this defect are as follows: “Operator or passenger may detect a noise from under the seat. In addition, a loose rear shock adjuster may be noted if the seat is removed. Also, if the rear shock adjuster is making contact with the rear tire, difficulty maneuvering the motorcycle may be experienced and in addition, non-typical wear may be noted on the tire,” the NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report said.
The recall affects more than 65,000 individual motorcycles manufactured between June 28, 2017, and Aug. 7, 2023.
Which Harley-Davidson motorcycles are affected by the recall?
Softail motorcycles with a particular style of rear shock adjuster make up the bulk of the recall population, the report said. Other Softail models, which use a different style of rear shock adjuster, have not been recalled.
Other motorcycles not included in the recall population may have received a recalled rear shock adjuster part as a Harley-Davidson accessory part, the report said. These part numbers are 54000134 or 54000294.
These models make up the recall population:
- 2018 and 2019 FLDE
- 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 FLHC
- 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 FLHCS
- 2018 and 2023 FLHCS ANV
- 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 FXLRS
- 2022 and 2023 FXLRST
- 2022 FXRST
What should I do if my motorcycle has been recalled?
Harley-Davidson is expected to mail notification letters to affected motorcycle owners on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Owners of affected motorcycles are advised to arrange service with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. Dealers will replace the shock absorber fastener free of charge.
Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0181.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
Where are the authorized Harley dealers near Milwaukee?
Harley-Davidson recommends you call the dealer to schedule service.
Here are the authorized Harley-Davidson dealer locations in and around Milwaukee:
- Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
- Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson
- House of Harley-Davidson
- Wisconsin Harley-Davidson
- West Bend Harley-Davidson
- Uke’s Harley-Davidson