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Harley Announces Recall of 13,400 Bikes
AP (Absolute Prevarication) ^ | 11/23/2005 | Staff

Posted on 11/23/2005 12:31:34 PM PST by Red Badger

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Harley-Davidson Inc. issued a voluntary safety recall on 2006 model Dyna series motorcycles built between June 9 and Oct. 19 due to a transmission defect.

The company said late Tuesday the recall affects some 13,400 motorcycles and is expected to cost less than $5 million, which it will make reservations for in the fourth quarter.

Harley-Davidson also said it expects to meet its previously announced wholesale shipment target of 329,000 motorcycles for 2005.

The Milwaukee-based company said it will provide owners with free pickup and delivery and will make recall kits, which include three redesigned transmission components, available at dealerships starting the week of Dec. 12.

The defect may allow the motorcycles to go into a false neutral position even though the neutral indicator light is illuminated, it said.

"If that happens, the transmission could engage into first or second gear unexpectedly," Harley-Davidson spokesman Bob Klein said Wednesday.

Two accidents related to the problem were reported, but none resulted in injury, Klein said.

The defect resulted from a design flaw in the six-speed transmission, which replaced the five-speed on the Dyna to make for a smoother ride at highway speeds and increase fuel efficiency, Klein said.

The redesign also resulted in a change to the front forks, chassis and a wider rear tire.

Shipments of the 2006 Dyna had been delayed but resumed after a change to production, he said.

Harley-Davidson shares rose $1.20, or 2.2 percent, to $55.67 in Wednesday afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, amid a general gain in market prices on optimism over consumer spending this holiday season.


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KEYWORDS: gearhead; harley; motorcycle; motorcycles; recall
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1 posted on 11/23/2005 12:31:36 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

False neutrals are common on many motorcycles.


2 posted on 11/23/2005 12:40:21 PM PST by battlecry
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To: Red Badger
The defect may allow the motorcycles to go into a false neutral position even though the neutral indicator light is illuminated, it said.

NINO? Neutral In Name Only?

3 posted on 11/23/2005 12:41:09 PM PST by steveo (Stewpot - There is absolutely nothing like the frame of a dame...)
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To: Red Badger
Not surprising from a company that sells more t-shirts and genuine Harley induced crap than they do bikes.
4 posted on 11/23/2005 12:42:04 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: Red Badger

False Neutral = In Gear (but the light is on)


5 posted on 11/23/2005 12:42:33 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: Red Badger

What they did not the the right number of oil (5+)leaks?


6 posted on 11/23/2005 12:44:00 PM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Harley Davison is a mechandising company that as one of the product line makes overpriced motorcycles.


7 posted on 11/23/2005 12:45:07 PM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Yep, not enough power to yank a lesbian off your kid sister.


8 posted on 11/23/2005 12:45:58 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: battlecry

I had a 73 Honda that I could put in neutral between gears. I wasn't supposed to do that.......But then, the manual didn't say you couldn't do it.........The Dealer told me not to do it because it could suddenly "catch" and throw me off at a stoplight.......


9 posted on 11/23/2005 12:46:10 PM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: TXBSAFH
Harley owners are like democrats. The ride around on this heavy, slow, overrated, chrome plated combine and follow the bewildered herd that clings to an image with no real substance.
10 posted on 11/23/2005 12:46:52 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: TXBSAFH

That's not a safety issue. At least not for the rider.......


11 posted on 11/23/2005 12:47:19 PM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: TXBSAFH

Oil leaks ? As the former owner of three Limeys, (last was a Norton 850) you don't know REAL oil leaks, my man.


12 posted on 11/23/2005 12:47:21 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Red Badger

--b--


13 posted on 11/23/2005 12:48:06 PM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media:NRABenefactor)
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To: Disambiguator

The light is on, but nobody's home.......


14 posted on 11/23/2005 12:48:35 PM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger
My Yamaha falls into neutral and still outruns harleys. At half the displacement and half the cost.
15 posted on 11/23/2005 12:48:43 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

I hate it when you try to show off and miss a gear because it goes into a false neutral instead. You revv the hell out of it and look like a dork........


16 posted on 11/23/2005 12:50:40 PM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: Red Badger

buy a harley get the best ride a mile and walk the rest. :-)


17 posted on 11/23/2005 12:52:08 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Oh you owned a Norton Valdez?


18 posted on 11/23/2005 12:52:19 PM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: TXBSAFH
I implore you all. For the real low-down on Harley visit this site.
19 posted on 11/23/2005 12:52:39 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: Red Badger

Funny that Baker et al have been doing six speed boxes for a while that HD gets caught this way. Anyone know if the Motor Company builds the boxes themselfs or who they buy 'em from?


20 posted on 11/23/2005 12:54:14 PM PST by pikachu (That which does not kill me just makes me grumpy!)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Ok, I left the url. Go to http://www.goingfaster.com/angst/main.htm
NOW!


21 posted on 11/23/2005 12:54:34 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: Red Badger

22 posted on 11/23/2005 12:54:37 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: pikachu
Does this give you any indication of where their parts come from?
23 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:39 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: Abathar

"Yep, not enough power to yank a lesbian off your kid sister."


LOL!!!


24 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:40 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: pikachu

Nobody looks at the friggin' light anyway.........


25 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:47 PM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Classy picture.


26 posted on 11/23/2005 12:57:47 PM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Red Badger
Q: What's the difference between a Harley and a Hoover?

A: On the Hoover, the dirt bag is below the body!

27 posted on 11/23/2005 1:00:10 PM PST by JAWs
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To: JAWs

more harley fun...you will LYAO
http://www.goingfaster.com/angst/main.htm


28 posted on 11/23/2005 1:03:13 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

I'm not a biker, but I don't see why you're all ragging on Harleys. About 90 percent of the bikes on the road here in AZ are Harleys or some jap bike trying to look like one.


29 posted on 11/23/2005 1:08:11 PM PST by Yohan
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To: HOTTIEBOY

The Mikuni CV are great carbs and I don't blame H_D for using them. But it does make me laugh that my Ohio made Honda VTX has more American parts than many H-Ds.


30 posted on 11/23/2005 1:10:12 PM PST by pikachu (That which does not kill me just makes me grumpy!)
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To: pikachu

You are so right, and the honda is a better bike, that is easier on you to ride and easier on you pocket book.


31 posted on 11/23/2005 1:13:58 PM PST by TXBSAFH ("I would rather be a free man in my grave then living as a puppet or a slave." - Jimmy Cliff)
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To: pikachu

That Honda VTX is a nice looking bike, but it kinda looks like a Harley


32 posted on 11/23/2005 1:14:11 PM PST by Yohan
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To: HOTTIEBOY

I dare ya to print that on a t-shirt and wear it to the "Rolling Thunder" rally in DC next year....:)


33 posted on 11/23/2005 1:15:21 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed With Second Sight)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Oil leaks ? As the former owner of three Limeys, (last was a Norton 850) you don't know REAL oil leaks, my man.

So then you know why England doesn't have a computer industry... right?
Cuz they can't figure out how to make them leak oil!
;-)

34 posted on 11/23/2005 1:17:40 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: Yohan
Harley's success is built in the fact that people are not very smart. It is an image. You don't buy the bike you buy the image. Harley's are the slowest, heaviest, most outdated, motorcycles in the world, yet are some of the most expensive. People travel in herds. They hold on to an image that a motorcycle that is still designed on 1966 technology is the best bike to have simply because everyone else has one. Half the price will buy you a better, faster, lighter, more nimble Japanese bike that accelerates, brakes, corners and altogether rides better. Harley-Davidson Company are marketing geniuses that rely on stupidity to sell shirts and hats and latte makers and officially endorsed Harley waffle irons instead of embracing the 21st century.
35 posted on 11/23/2005 1:18:23 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY
Lots of small minded vitriol. You must be one of those who REALLY NEEDS to believe her when she says size don't matter.

All the protesting only serves to confirm the suspicion.

36 posted on 11/23/2005 1:19:06 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Red Badger

HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!


37 posted on 11/23/2005 1:20:12 PM PST by rintense
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To: HOTTIEBOY

Harley had to source carbs from overseas because the domestic supplier (Bendix) unilaterally decided to get out of the motorcycle carb business. This started a long time ago (1970s I think).


38 posted on 11/23/2005 1:20:18 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: Red Badger

I knew there was a reason I got rid of that stock a few months back.


39 posted on 11/23/2005 1:21:34 PM PST by RichardW
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To: HOTTIEBOY

I agree with most of that, but have you checked out the V-Rod and the Buell bikes? I don't think they're heavy or slow. And, apparently the image works.


40 posted on 11/23/2005 1:22:56 PM PST by Yohan
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To: Disambiguator

I've had false neutrals in places you wouldn't expect, but it's not really a hazard, just embarassing when you twist the throttle expecting to go forward, and all you get is a revved up engine for your trouble. I have an older bike (I won't mention the manufacturer) that had a real problem with that between second and third gear. Hopefully a tranny rebuild will resolve the issue.


41 posted on 11/23/2005 1:22:57 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

That is a highly amusing website!


42 posted on 11/23/2005 1:23:05 PM PST by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: Salamander
I think I will wear this one instead.
43 posted on 11/23/2005 1:23:09 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: pikachu
But it does make me laugh that my Ohio made Honda VTX has more American parts than many H-Ds.

My son-in-law has a new VTX 1800. Aside from being better looking, more reliable and less expensive, it always gets a lot of favorable attention from the good HD folks.

44 posted on 11/23/2005 1:24:41 PM PST by pt17
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To: Red Badger

The Harley haters are out in force.

You sound like a bunch of whiney Democrats. A good company that makes a good product is doing well and you just can't stand it.

I'll bet you hate WalMart too. Typical.


45 posted on 11/23/2005 1:26:40 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Red Badger

What's wrong? They weren't loud enough?


46 posted on 11/23/2005 1:26:54 PM PST by VRing
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To: Yohan
V-Rod VRSC
(Vaguely Resembles Something Contemporary)

V-rods are hot bikes, don't get me wrong. But a 600cc R6 is one third the cost and have the displacement and will hand the v-rod its @ss any day.
47 posted on 11/23/2005 1:26:56 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: Poser

Thanks for showing up. I was alone here, and I don't own a Harley.


48 posted on 11/23/2005 1:28:01 PM PST by Yohan
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To: HOTTIEBOY

have=half


49 posted on 11/23/2005 1:28:04 PM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: HOTTIEBOY

People who were riding Harleys before AMF bought the company would just laugh.....


50 posted on 11/23/2005 1:31:07 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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