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H-D Recalls 111,000 Motorcycles

We don’t usually like to re-post recall notices here at MD, as they affect every manufacturer and don’t necessarily reflect on the quality of their products, but some are remarkable and important enough to comment upon. For instance, in a recall that is expected to begin on or about December 14, 2009, Harley-Davidson announced it was recalling approximately 111,569 of its 2009 and 2010 Touring models, including CVO Touring and Trike models. According to the report, the front fuel tank mounts may distort in a crash, causing the tank to leak and possibly catch fire or explode. H-D dealers will install braces to the mounts to keep that from happening.

Given H-D’s current financial woes, it’s nice to see the MoCo taking care of its customers. Of course, you could say it’s DOT that’s making them do it, or perhaps the lawyers, but considering the expense of retro-fitting 111,000 motorcycles to prevent what is an unusual occurrence, this seems like a case of above and beyond. If you believe you may have an affected model, call you local H-D dealer (have your VIN handy) or call Harley’s hotline: 414/343-4056.

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MD Readers Respond:

  • I say if you get hit on your bike hard enough to bend the fuel tank mounts… you have other health issues besides your bike burning up… Good chance it’s totaled anyway and I am sure the rider on a hit like this is far, far away from his bike. Just my .02 (Lawyers and such…)   Craig
  • Absolutely horrifying how out of control our current government has become. I kind of figured that all bets were off regarding a vehicle manufacturer’s accountability with any mechanical issues caused by a crash, as defined by the Feds, as “SEVERE FRAME DAMAGE FROM A FRONTAL COLLISION”, key word: severe. Harkens me back to the Ford Pinto days in the early 1980s, but that was all about the discovery of a cover-up by Ford, prior to the recall. Am I missing something here?

    These are scary times for reputable businesses in this country.   Craig

  • “. . .perhaps the lawyers. . .” OK, you guys never saw fight club? How high would the punitive damages award run if the Motor Company is responsible for just one guy (or gal) getting his (or her) goatee melted off? If they cared about their customers, they would have made the bike properly the first time. This recall is all about self-preservation.   Justin
  • Nice looking bike with a couple character flaws. The fuel tanks look cheap with the flange on the bottom. Motor looks nice but is weak. Both items could be
    corrected easily but Triumph chooses not to. Shame.   Mike