SA bikes in huge Harley recall

2011-10-25 11:32

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308 000 motorcycles - including some in South Africa - to fix a switch that could nuke the bike's brake lights... possibly even the actual rear brakes.

The US bikemaker said that brake-light switches could be exposed to too much heat from the exhaust system which could cause the light to fail. The technical issues could also cause fluid leaks and the loss of rear brake-pressure.


The problem affects Touring, CVO Touring and Trike vehicles assembled from 2009 to 2012.

The recall affects about 251 000 motorcycles in the US and will affect South African Harley owners, too.

Harley-Davidson SA says it will notify owners affected machines and that workshops will install a rear brake-light switch kit free of charge.


  • Hallo - 2011-10-25 15:45

    A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

  • Gerry - 2011-10-25 16:58

    HD are still over-priced junk; for what you pay for them, compared to other bikes!? I should know, I used to own one.

      Trevor - 2011-10-26 06:56

      Ok, so what is your point in relation to the article??? You obviously not a biker and congrats in owning a HD....Tool

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