Harley-Davidson is recalling many of its 2014 models for issues with their clutch systems. Issuing two recalls, the first one affects the FLHRSE, FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTP, FLHX, and FLHXS models, and centers around the clutch master cylinder possibly allowing air into the clutch system.

Harley-Davidson says that these motorcycles may also have been assembled with an incorrect clutch release plate. Either condition could cause the clutch not to disengage.

The second recall issued by Harley-Davidson involves the FLHTCUTG, FLSTNSE, and FXSBSE models, which also may have been assembled with an incorrect clutch release plate. This recall affects 2,886 units (Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0154), while the first recall affects 19,597 units from Harley-Davidson (Harley-Davidson’s recall number is 0153).

Harley-Davidson says it has already notified affected owners, and that dealers will rebuild clutch master cylinders, and install proper clutch release plates, as necessary, free of charge. The recall has already started, but concerned owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.

Source: NHTSA (1x, 2x)

  • crshnbrn

    Slow news day to dredge up something almost two months old?

  • Not really. The recall was just posted by NHTSA.

  • crshnbrn

    @ Mr. Beeler

    I was a little surprised not to see it mentioned here back in October.

  • jet

    haha,ah man these bike’s are not made with talented people anymore,ignorance on using the wrong pieces of clutche’s,fawking idiot’s.This is why i wont buy one and the stupid price, nuff said..

  • Like I said, the posting just came up on the NHTSA website. Hard for us to know about a recall if it hasn’t been posted by NHTSA.

  • KSW

    So after all that money for a new model and the customer gets a rebuilt clutch done in the local dealer. Sales up, bonuses paid and they can’t give a new owner a new clutch? I’ll have to ask my neighbor who recruited this new CEO why someone thought he was competent? And the beat goes on ….

  • They hired this CEO to trim Harley-Davidson down from a 350,000+ unit company, to a 250,000+ unit company. In that aspect, he’s done quite well.

  • crshnbrn

    @ Mr. Beeler

    So what you’re saying is that it’s the gubment’s fault that this wasn’t posted on A&R in a more timely manner?

    That’s plausible.

  • Not necessarily.

    I would say that the way recalls are listed on the NHTSA site leaves something to be desired (this isn’t the first time a recall notification has come after the date the recall started).

    My understanding of how the recall notification system works is that the problem doesn’t necessarily lay at the feet of NHTSA though.

    For instance, I know that A&R has posted recall notices before the dealers themselves were made aware of the notification…imagine the issue that caused.

  • Richard Gozinya


    Was just curious if you feel the same way about other companies’ recalls. They all have them, sometimes problems just come up, it happens. At least they’re dealing with it. Ducati went years without fixing their defective fuel tanks, just made people pay an arm and a leg for new ones. Didn’t hear anybody talking about how crappy Ducatis are though.

    Harley has its share of faults, but this isn’t one of them.