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29,000 motorcycles recalled for safety risks

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Updated: 10/19/2013 6:42 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (WHIO) -- Harley-Davidson is recalling 29,000 motorcycles because of a potential problem with the clutch system that can make it hard to slow down or stop, the company said.

The Wisconsin-based company said some 2014 Touring motorcycles may pose a safety risk for riders and passengers because its hydraulic clutch system can lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

This means drivers may struggle to slow down or stop, increasing the risk of a crash.

Harley-Davidson said it has initiated these recalls to correct the affected motorcycles.

The company also issued a "Do Not Ride" notice to bike owners and it urges owners of any recalled vehicles to contact an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer to arrange an inspection.

Dealers will pick up, inspect and make the necessary repairs without charge. The problems usually take less an hour to fix.

The recalls are for 25,185 Touring motorcycles, models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, as well as 3,861 Softail CVOs and Trikes, models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE. The affected bikes were built between May 3 Oct. 14 of this year.
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