Last month, Harley-Davidson Motor Company had recalled over 66,000 of its Touring-model motorcycles due to pinched brake-line issues. On Friday, Harley-Davidson issued yet another recall, this one for the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (FXDL).
Harley has recalled over 4,500 Dyna Low Riders built from January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014 worldwide due to ignition-switch issues; more than 3,300 are in the USA. Harley reports that due to engine vibration on modified Low Riders that rev over 5,600 RPM, the ignition switch can go from “on” to “accessory.” If this occurs, the engine can shut off while moving, potentially causing a crash. As of this writing, no crashes have been reported due to the issues of this recall.
The full defect notice goes into more detail explaining that the engine mount bracket on these models has a resonant frequency that happens around 5,800 rpm. At this point, it begins vibrating the ignition switch and can cause it to change position. The stock bikes only allow engine speeds up to 5,600 rpm, according to the report, but the company offers an option to increase the limit further.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin by the end of July 2014.
Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.