Brake Hose Fault Halts Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson, Inc., the iconic American-based motorcycle manufacturer has decided to reduce production due to a potential brake hose quality issue. The company yesterday (June 12th) put out the following announcement about this situation:

MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) was recently notified of a potential quality issue relating to brake hose assemblies provided by a tier-2 supplier, Proterial Cable America (PCA), a portfolio company of Bain Capital, to the company’s tier-1 brake system suppliers. The recently launched 2023 CVO Road Glide and Street Glide motorcycles do not utilize these brake hose assemblies.

Following this notification, Harley-Davidson will be running limited motorcycle manufacturing operations at its York (Penn.) facility. This is a new supplier quality issue, separate from the matter that caused the production suspension in May 2022.

Based on the latest information provided by PCA, the Company now anticipates resuming full motorcycle manufacturing operations at its York facility on June 26, 2023. The company does not expect its international production to be meaningfully impacted.

Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson: “While retail sales have improved in the quarter, as we had expected, we have a strong inventory position in the network to help us navigate through this situation – our teams are working very hard to minimize the impact on the business.”


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.