The leading American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson has recalled almost 251,000 bikes from around the world. The reason for recalling these bikes was due to a brake failure issue. Report from Xinhua news agency suggests that the bikes recalled include CVO Touring and VSRC motorcycles that have anti-lock brakes. The model years of the bikes are from 2008 to 2011.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley-Davidson said that recalling these bikes will cost the bike giant at least $29.4 million. Almost 175,000 of the 251,000 bikes effected were purchased by customers in the USA.
The issue in the bikes is in the anti-lock brake system. It can corrode & fail to work without giving any prior warning. When the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started receiving complaints about brake problems in the bikes, they started an investigation in July 2016. The administration received 43 complaints which included three crashes along with two injuries. It was then discovered that the bikes had a brake issue.
As per the company, mainly the issue was with the brake fluid. Many bike owners do not change the brake fluid, which is important to do after every two years. The fluid thus becomes polluted due to moisture & corrodes the anti-lock brake system’s actuator valves.
So now Harley-Davidson has to recall its 251,000 motorcycles from all over the world.
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Recently another news related to Harley-Davidson bikes popped up that the company will soon launch its first electric bike. It is expected to launch by 2019. The bike will be the same as seen in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron where the Black Widow played by the actress Scarlett Johansson was riding this concept motorcycle in the year 2015.
The president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson Matt Levatich said, “You’ve heard us talk about Project LiveWire (Electric bike project name). It’s an active project we’re preparing to bring to market within 18 months.”