Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for 43,908 units of its Street motorcycles (the Street 500, the Street 750 and the Street Rod) for a brake related issue. All Street motorcycles sold between May 2015 and December 2018 have been affected.
While we don’t have an exact number for the Street models recalled in India, there are 12,800 bikes that have been affected in the United States. Harley-Davidson has found that brake pads on certain models could be dragging due to caliper pistons being prone to corrosion and thus jamming the system. This means that the brakes are being employed while the motorcycle is on the move, causing accelerated wear of the brake pads and possibly even an accident in more extreme cases.
Harley-Davidson has mentioned that the problem is more likely to occur in environments where rusting is common to motorcycles, like coastal regions. The company has said that dealers will install new front and rear brake calipers as part of a corrective measure.
We get the Street 750 and Street Rod in India and they are priced at Rs 5.33 lakh and 6.53 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively.
In other news, Harley-Davidson was selling its Street 750 a few months ago with discounts going up to Rs 89,000.