Harley Davidson has issued a recall notice for 43,908 units of Street family of motorcycles across the world. The recall covers the Street 500, 750 and Street Rod variants which are manufactured between May 2015 and December 2018.
The Harley Davidson Street range of motorcycles are being made in the US for North American markets, and in India for other global markets. It is not clear how many motorcycles are affected in India but according to the cruiser specialist, as many as 12,800 units in the US have been affected.
According to the company, brake caliper pistons on some units are susceptible to corrosion and this could make the brake pads drag. The jamming of the system would lead to brakes being partially deployed at all times, thereby resulting in accelerated brake pad wear, and in some extreme cases, even an accident.
Harley Davidson says that motorcycles that are being used in coastal region are more prone to this issue. As a part of this recall, the HD dealers across the world will get it touch with the owners of Street cruisers which were manufactured within the aforementioned window and replace the front and rear brake calipers free of cost if they are affected. However, there could be delay in repair works. Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Amy Giuffre reportedly said that the hold up is due to lack of enough spare part inventory.
While the Harley Davidson Street 500 is made in India exclusively for export markets, the 750 and Street Rod are available in the domestic market. At INR 5.33 lakhs (ex-showroom), the Street 750 is the most affordable Harley Davidson model in India. The Street Rod retails at INR 6.53 lakhs (ex-showroom).
With global sales witnessing a slowdown, the slew of recalls are not helping the company’s finances at all. It is to be noted that the American cruiser brand recalled 2,51,000 units last year over faulty brakes. Not long ago, a clutch issue forced the manufacturer to recall nearly 2,40,000 motorcycles (fourth clutch related recall in five years).