Harley-Davidson has begun a massive recall due to a problem with the secondary clutch actuator of some of its 2017 and 2018 models – and it could affect as many as 250,000 motorcycles.

H-D has said that a fault with the secondary clutch actuator, which was produced by an external supplier, could lead to hydraulic leakage. And the Milwaukee based brand think it may affect as many as 250,000 motorcycles from its Touring, Trike, Softail and CVO Touring and Softail ranges – which were produced and sold in 2017 and 2018.


Harley-Davidson plans to start notifying owners of motorcycles which may be affected from November 5 – although it’s worth noting that the review is voluntary. If you’re concerned and want to know if your motorcycle could be affected, the best thing to do is contact your closest authorised Harley-Davidson dealer, who will also be responsible for carrying out the repair without any cost.

It’s estimated that recall could cost Harley-Davidson as much as £25 million, but at this stage it’s unclear who’ll be responsible – particularly as the fault seems to be as a result of a faulty part which was supplied by a third party.

Ross Mowbray

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