Harley-Davidson Recalls 2,212 Bikes for Brake Issue

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson Motor Company has agreed to recall certain model-year 2023 motorcycles that could develop a brake fluid leak and, subsequently, a loss of braking capability.

The American motorcycle manufacturer’s recall covers 2,212 Harley-Davidson FLHXSE (930) and FLTRXSE (1,282) motorcycles produced between May 10, 2023, and Sept. 6, 2023, in which a lower frame rail clamp may not adequately retain the rear brake line, thus allowing the line to come in contact with the bike’s exhaust.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-672, “Contact between the brake line and the exhaust could, over time, lead to a hole in the brake line and a loss of rear brake fluid.”

The NHTSA report identified the safety risk as, “If brake fluid loss remains undetected, rear braking may be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash.”

There were no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of this condition.

The remedy is replacement of the clamp for the rear brake line with an updated version.

Dealers were scheduled to be informed about the recall last week and owners were scheduled to be notified as to the recall by yesterday, Oct. 16th.

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.