Bristol Bike Owners: Harley-Davidson Recalls Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson recalls 105,746 bikes because of a serious clutch issue. The company will notify owners of the recall and explain how to obtain repairs.

Recent Harley-Davidson Clutch Issues

Some Harley-Davidson bikes are having issues with the hydraulic clutch system, which may develop a tear in the seal on the master cylinder piston. When this happens, there isn’t enough lift to keep the clutch engaged. If the clutch becomes disengaged, the motorcycle can creep forward as the motorcycle is stopped and cause the rider to lose control, thereby increasing the risk of crashing.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Recalls Models

The following bikes are under recall.

  • 2014 Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)
  • Ultra Limited (FLHTK)
  • Police Electra Glide (FLHTP)
  • Street Glide Special (FLHXS)
  • Street Glide (FLHX)
  • Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG)
  • CVO Limited (FLHTKSE)
  • CVO Road King (FLHRSE)
  • CVO Breakout (FXSBSE)
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic Twin Cooled (FLHTCUTC)
  • Ultra Limited Shrine (FLHTK SHRINE)
  • Street Glide Shrine (FLHX SHRINE)
  • CVO Softail Deluxe (FLSTNSE)


If you are a registered owner of a recalled motorcycle, you will be receiving a letter in the mail. The letter explains the issue and directs owners to “contact your authorized Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer immediately and arrange an appointment to have your motorcycle repaired.” The dealer will rebuild your clutch master cylinder, free of charge

The rebuild kit the manufacturer is providing to dealers also includes an additional plastic retaining ring to decrease stress in the primary cup seal.

If you own one of the recalled bikes listed above and have not yet been contacted, call the manufacturer at 800-258-2464. You can also get more information by calling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Injuries Associated with Defective Motorcycles

No fatalities have been reported because of the clutch malfunction, although there have been a few injuries. Fox Business reports, “The company knows of 19 low-speed tip-over crashes tied to the problem, with three minor injuries reported.”

When victims are injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of a defective part or bike, they may be able to file a suit against the manufacturer to recover their damages.

There are numerous types of expenses and losses you may be able to include on your claim, a few of which are below.

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Death benefits for fatal crashes


Manufacturers have a legal duty of care to their customers, and when they put dangerous bikes on the market, they can be responsible for the damages the bike causes.

Legal Help for Motorcycle Accidents in Bristol

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was the result of a defective part or malfunctioning bike, consult a local attorney for help with you case. Big name manufacturers have staunch legal teams that you will not want to go head-to-head with on your own.

For a determined motorcycle accident attorney in Bristol who knows how to bring a strong case and fight for fair settlements, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC.  Call us today for a free evaluation at 215-642-2335.