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February 07, 2018, 11:50:16 AM
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Harley Recalls Over 250K Bikes Globally; Brakes Can Fail

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan/articles/2018-02-07/harley-recalls-nearly-175k-bikes-because-brakes-can-fail

The recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years.

To follow the recall and get details for your VIN you can use the government recall website and the HD recall website in this thread...

Recalls Look-up by VIN
https://hdbitchin.com/index.php/topic,1988.0.html

I have heard that Harley webpage has already updated their VIN look-up tool with details specific to each VIN. So you might want to plug your VIN into the H-D recall link.

Below is the link to Harley Davidson’s webpage for recalls which uses your VIN to perform the lookup.

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/maintain-your-bike/service-recalls.html
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February 08, 2018, 08:12:30 AM
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Having thought a bit more about this, I see why Harley asked to classify this as a Service Campaign instead of a Recall.

The Anti Lock on a Harley is difficult to work on and requires the Digital Technician to open all the passages to do a proper bleed. Owners can’t do it.

In this recall the high technology of the design is not lending itself to be accomplished by the DIY guy.

I think people have been cutting corners on this Preventative Maintenace requirement.

Is this a recall because of a poor design? Or... Is this a recall because people are not doing the preventive maintenance that comes with owning the motorcycles?

I don’t think this a H-D problem. It is an owner problem. Maybe the design could be better to allow the DIY guy doing a proper job but the fact is that it is not able to be properly done without the special tools that only a dealer will have.
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February 10, 2018, 09:37:08 AM
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Since there are no new parts being installed in this recall it is not a redesign of a poor design. Although some might feel that the design is rather restrictive to the dealer being the only way to properly perform the required preventive maintenance.

It is not really a recall in the normal sense that would address a marginal design and then go on to replace the part. All that is happening here is a service to ensure the brakes will not fail due to a lack of preventive maintenance.
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February 10, 2018, 10:42:09 AM
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I agree, it is not a Recall, it is a Service Campaign. Their design puts the proper service out of reach for anyone without the H-D Digital Technician.

I guess H-D offering free Anti Lock brake service in a recall (service campaign) will keep the lawyers happy.
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February 10, 2018, 01:10:14 PM
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Well you might say they are using an improved part. The DOT 4 brake fluid that will be used in this recall is a new H-D Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid.

Must be some super duper stuff!
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February 10, 2018, 01:14:47 PM
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Here the government link to the Recall...

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCLRPT-18V076-4574.PDF
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February 10, 2018, 06:20:57 PM
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Anti-lock brakes automotive or motorcycle require special diagnostic equipment to service and bleed. Not manufacture fault just the nature of the beast.
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February 12, 2018, 12:13:39 PM
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I don't see Harley at fault here either. Everything has a cost of ownership associated with it. You can't skip preventative maintenance items that might escalate into safety issues when neglected.
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February 15, 2018, 09:09:35 PM
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A lawsuit has been filed against Harley Davidson in relation to this brake recall. Follow the below link for more information.

http://cyrilhuzeblog.com/2018/02/15/following-recall-related-to-brake-problems-injured-rider-files-lawsuit-against-harley-davidson/
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February 16, 2018, 07:51:57 AM
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A lawsuit has been filed against Harley Davidson in relation to this brake recall. Follow the below link for more information.

http://cyrilhuzeblog.com/2018/02/15/following-recall-related-to-brake-problems-injured-rider-files-lawsuit-against-harley-davidson/
It doesn’t say if this rider that filed the lawsuit did the scheduled maintenance as per the manual every two years. I certainly feel bad for him that he was so severely injured.

Since there is no mention of him following the maintenance schedule I would assume that he didn’t. But it is hard to even understand if the motorcycle was in operation for a two year period as the article does not mention what year the motorcycle was.
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February 16, 2018, 05:59:49 PM
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A lawsuit? I am not surprised.

Sad that the rider was hurt. As mentioned already there is no indication that the scheduled maintenance was followed.

I found this lawyer’s blog page who has gathered a good amount of details on this recall and posted it on his site.

https://www.montlick.com/montlick-blog/personal-injury/3823-harley-davidson-brake-failure-accident-lawsuits-settlement-payout-lawyers

This blogging lawyer is not the lawyer that is handling the above mentioned lawsuit but his page has some good details.
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June 29, 2018, 05:36:55 PM
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Well you might say they are using an improved part. The DOT 4 brake fluid that will be used in this recall is a new H-D Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid.

Must be some super duper stuff!
Link to the H-D Platinum Label DOT 4 Brake Fluid...

https://www.harley-davidson.com/store/dot-4-brake-fluid-pa-12-41800770--1
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