Harley-Davidson brake recall

26th February 2019


Street 500 | Street 750 | 2015 - 2018


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2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750


Harley-Davidson is recalling most, if not all, of its Street model motorcycles built between 2015 and 2018 citing potentially defective brakes. As is required by law, the company recently informed the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that there is an issue with the brake calipers that warrants closer inspection.


The affected bikes include 12,871 XG500, XG750 and XG750A units sold into the US market. But the total recall covers 43,908 machines worldwide.


Specifically, the problem is simple corrosion exacerbated by road salts. Both front and rear calipers will therefore come under scrutiny at Harley-Davidson dealerships which will replace the items with upgraded units.


Street models sold into the American market are assembled in Kansas, Missouri from CKD (Complete Knock Down) kits manufactured at H-D's plant in Bawal, India. The Indian plant also builds complete bikes for other markets including Europe and Asia.


Street 750 brake caliper


The affected dates range from 19th May 2015 to 6th December 2018. But owners/operators are advised to contact their local H-D dealer regardless of when and where their bike was built.


As a direct result of the problem, shipment of new Street models has been suspended. Unconfirmed reports cite four crashes and two injuries thought to be as a direct result of failing brake issues—and we stress that that's unconfirmed.


The recall has, we understand, taken a little time to gather sufficient steam due largely to the recent US federal shutdown dispute. What that means is that the NHTSA has a backlog of similar issues with other manufacturers that it also needs to deal with. Therefore, not all dealers in all markets will be up to speed.


So for now, just go talk to your dealer wherever you are—and ride extra carefully, huh?




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