Harley-Davidson Street Models Recalled for Brake Failure

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Harley-Davidson announced today that it is recalling a swath of its Street 500 and Street 750 models because of issues related to their brake calipers.

The issue is caused by corrosion from salt (either in the air near coastal areas, or from road de-icing in colder climates) on the front and brake calipers, and the recall affects 2016-2019 Street 500 (XG500), Street 750 (XG750), and 2017-2019 Street 750A (XG750A) motorcycles.

The brake calipers (part numbers:41300158, 41300159 & 41300190) may develop corrosion in the caliper bore area if subjected to a corrosive external environment over time. This corrosion could lead to the pistons dragging in the caliper bore.

If this condition in the unanodized caliper piston bore area remains undetected, it could result in increased brake drag, possibly resulting in a crash.

According to the recall, affected riders may notice: (a) while the motorcycle is in motion, a decrease in performance related to acceleration or excessive noise from the brakes; (b) while attempting to push the motorcycle, that it is more difficult to maneuver; (c) bluing of the brake rotors; or (d) a brake pad material smell from the front or rear caliper area of the motorcycle.

As such, Harley-Davidson is recalling all of its Street models since the 2016 model year, for a total of 12,871 recalled bikes.

Harley-Davidson has notified affected owners, and Harley-Davidson dealers will install new front and rear brake calipers, free of charge. An interim letter was mailed to owners on January 15, 2019 to notify them of the issue. Owners will receive a second notification when parts are available.

Concerned owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464, and reference Harley-Davidson’s recall number, which is 0174. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA

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