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Year

Make

Model

NHTSA Campaign IDs

2014KTM690 Enduro R14V305000
2013KTM350EXC-F12V531000
2013KTM350EXC-F12V531000
2013KTM500EXC12V531000
2012KTM350EXC-F12V531000
2012KTM500EXC12V531000
2011KTM450EXC11V300000
2011KTM530EXC11V300000
2011KTM690 Enduro R11V300000
2010KTM690 Enduro R11V300000
2009KTM690 Duke09V134000
2009KTM690 SMC09V134000
2007KTM950 Superenduro07V243000
2007KTM990 Adventure07V243000
2007KTM990 Adventure-S07V243000
2006KTM950 Adventure07V065000
2006KTM950 Adventure S07V065000
2006KTM950 SuperEnduro07V065000
2006KTM950 SuperMoto07V065000
2005KTM950 Adventure07V065000
2005KTM950 Adventure S07V065000
2005KTM950 SuperMoto07V065000
2004KTM950 Adventure07V065000
2004KTM950 Adventure S07V065000

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NHTSA Campaign IDComponentManufacturerRecall DateUnits Potentially Affected
16V471000Power TrainHarley-Davidson Motor Company06/27/201627,732

Defect Summary

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2016 Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU), Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS), Softail Slim S (FLSS), and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE) motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

Consequence Summary

When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Corrective Summary

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch master cylinder for the presence of gas in the fluid if so, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall began on July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson's number for this recall is 0169.

Indian Motorcycle Company is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, Vintage and Chieftain Dark Horse motorcycles manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. In the event of an engine misfire, unburned fuel may pass through parts of the exhaust system, raising the exhaust temperatures.

Indian will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine control module (ECM) software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2016. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian's number for this recall is I-16-02.

On a round trip to Kerrville, TX, I gotta say the Texas Hill Country is a beautiful place to ride. Riding through the shade of a pecan bottom I see a large flock of wild turkey hens with this spring's hatchlings. Further down the road, I stop for a turkey hen and her young ‘uns crossing the road.

But I digress from the main reason I write today: hearing protection on motorcycles.

The subject of hearing protection is dear to me. After a lifetime of hunting, handgun shooting, airplanes, motorcycles, and loud engines, my ears treat me daily to a cacophony of ringing, buzzes, and static. I'm OK with my current condition – I've made peace with it. Still, I now strive to avoid aggravating it, and I notice when I fail to use appropriate ear protection somebody turns up the volume on the ringing in my ears.

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I'm on the FBI's motorcycle “gang member” list. If you own a motorcycle, you are too.

Just kidding.

There's an article on this subject floating around the internet that looks and reads very much like a news story. It claims a government official has confirmed that anyone who bought a motorcycle or obtained a motorcycle license since 1994 is on an FBI list and classified as a “gang member.”

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