Bad news for 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring and CVO-Touring motorcycles with ABS installed, as the Bar & Shield brand has issued a recall with the NHTSA for 66,421 motorcycles that could potentially see their front-wheel lockup unexpectedly during normal operation.

The problem comes about because the affected motorcycles may have been assembled with the front brake line positioned in such a way that it could be pinched between the fuel tank and frame, causing the front brake fluid pressure to increase. If the fluid pressure does increase, it could cause the front wheel to lockup, and possibly cause a crash. To-date, five such crashes have occurred, with thankfully only minor injuries being reported.

To address the situation, Harley-Davidson has issued recalls on all FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP, and FLHRSE models built between July 1st, 2013 and May 7th, 2014.

Harley-Davidson will notify affected owners, and Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect the motorcycles for brake line damage and replace the damaged lines as necessary. Dealers will also install one or two cable straps to properly prevent the line from being pinched in the future, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin July 2014. Concerned owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464; and as always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.

Source: NHTSA

  • Innis O’Rourke

    Oh this is exactly what HD needs: a tech issue that going to make is tech phobic buyer base even more afraid. “ABS is fur sissies. Leave it for those Jaypohneese rice burners and what have you “

  • AHA

    Since when was non-functioning handling an issue for H-D riders? :)

    Perhaps in the 2015 brochures they should just call it Hard Nose or something similar?

  • Danno

    That cryptic 1/2 paragraph of characters denoting various models is pretty intense. I’m assuming each one has its own cool sounding plain English name like “Road hard street fat black custom kingbob” No wonder I can never know what I’m looking at when I see a HD. Jensen, perhaps you could publish a decoder key so we can all char bikes with our HD friends.

  • Richard Gozinya

    That’s kind of weird, since the V-Rods have had ABS for years. And Danno, from the looks of those acronyms, it’s all of the touring bikes. Any model that starts with FL is in the touring family.

  • Josh

    All of the models listed are touring bikes with abs. I work for a Harley Dealership in Texas and we have done countless of these recalls and found absolutely no problem whatsoever. All it takes is one or two bikes to have a problem and they recall the whole bunch. The abs works great on these bikes and this should not inhibit anyone from purchasing a new Harley. FYI the tri-glide acronym is FLHTCUTG.

  • irksome

    1: Are those factory zipties the dealers will install?

    2: Do they come in chrome?

  • Grey Matter

    Wait a second.. I’m sure that one could quantify all Harley’s as touring.. whatever they are.. They don’t have a single performance machine in their line up.. don’t even bring up the XR1200. I’ve riden it and it’s a pile but less of a pile than the sportsers.

  • proudAmerican

    @ irksome: The zipties aren’t available in chrome, but they do have a very tiny orange/black bar & shield printed on each ziptie—$25 each.

    Wow, a front brake on a 900 lb bike that can lock w/o warning? Shouldn’t this be a “Do Not Ride” recall, similar to BMW’s most recent?

  • Danno

    *so we can **chat** bikes with our HD friends*

    Does the FLHRC have Repsol livery?

  • crshnbrn

    The FLHRC comes with laced wheels & wide whitewall tires standard. That would be tacky!

  • Doctor Jelly

    @Richard Gozinya
    There are 1 or 2 models outside of their Touring line up that start with FL (ie the FLS is the Softail Slim), but yes usually when someone refers to an FL it’s usually Touring. The alphabet soup listed above is all the Rushmore Touring bikes.

    @Grey Matter
    Most H-D’s outside of their ‘Touring’ named lineup are considered cruisers. And, no, the XR1200 definately was not a sportbike, it was mostly a watered down Buell in terms of the engine…