Skip to comments.Harley Announces Recall of 13,400 Bikes
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.
"My Harley delivers over 100 pound feet of torque from 2400 to 6000 rpm"
Nice numbers, by the way. What's the displacement?
You are right. Power to weight ratio makes a hella difference. I have ridden a RocketIII. Unbeleivable torque. But the power to weight ratio is the whole point behind our arguement. I know you think that my whole point is to bash and insult harley riders. Most of those things were retaliations. nonetheless, I apoplogize. You are talking to a grandfather as well with 30 years on two wheels. And I ride sport bikes.
If you wanted to eliminate the mouse trap, Can do so by getting the later model shorter clutch rod, cut off the vertical part close to where the bend is, and drill out the tip to accept the end of the clutch cable, the throw then becomes enough the disengage the clutch, because the cable is now closer to the pivot point. Just need to get one of them horsheshoe shaped cable end holders that bolt to the seat post just below the coil. Some just like the looks of the moustrap. Kinda like running the early style oil filter.
Overall, you ride looks and sounds very usable.
Bland is OK -- thanks for the read.
I know nothing about motorbikes but I find the thread very interesting.
"Nice numbers, by the way. What's the displacement?"
Note: Those numbers aren't from the '48. They are from an S&S 113ci motor on an FXR.
My 95ci Electra-glide is way better for touring.
I get about 8hp from my 1966 150cc Vespa and its fun too.
"Some just like the looks of the moustrap. Kinda like running the early style oil filter."
I like the mousetrap because I can hold it with one finger in traffic. It was a great design. I had to put one of those White Bros. "Sissy boy" clutch assist extensions on my Electra-Glide. The 95ci clutch spring was just too tiring in traffic.
Nope definitely not the first recall, though Harley has done a good job of making them as minor as possible.
If I got you confused with someone else then I offer my sincere apologies. I do admit I get lost sometimes trying to figure out who is posting to whom on this board.
I have never said a harley is faster. You seem to be accrediting things to me I haven't said.
Lucas is what really hurt the British bikes imho.
OK my fault. You said V-Twin.
Well you have helped me put my foot in my mouth. It seems I truly was giving credit to yyz for things he didn't say.
YYZ my apologies once again, I was wrong for engaging you like I did.
Thanks, I find your knowledge of this subject very impressive too.
That is another good point about the rice bikes. I remember staying on a busa till around 80mph(it's been a few years so with time I could be being more dramatic) I was in the big bear mountains and going from as low as around 20mph up to around 80mph give or take. It was suprising and nice how it's power band incresed at those higher rpms.
I would say at this point there probably isn't a bike I haven't rode. Though I must say those darned BSA's and all that opposite shifting and crap like to got me killed a couple of times.
Longevity for the most part just depends on how you treat and take care of your scoot. Yes all companies have a failure rate but all in all I doubt any bike is more reliable at this point.
S'alright. We all got a little carried away. Well, I did anyway. I do apologize for my name-calling.
I must admit I've been surprised over the years to learn just what can be done with a Harley-type motor, given enough dollars for high quality parts. Several of the production-based top speed records at Bonneville are held by Harley-engined machines. Apparently there's almost no limit to how big of jugs you can bolt onto the stock engine cases of these engines, and with the right internals still get them to hold together (at least for a while :) )
"Longevity for the most part just depends on how you treat and take care of your scoot."
That Triumph Rocket is a freakin monster. man it is smooth though.
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