Harley bikes recalled over fatal flaw

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Harley Davidson has been forced to recall thousands of its popular bikes. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Harley Davidson Australia is recalling thousands of its motorbikes due to a fault which could have potentially fatal consequences.

The rear shock absorber adjuster mounting bolt may break, potentially causing damage to the rear tyre and a loss of tyre pressure, the Department of Transport has warned.

This could damage the wheel and cause a sudden loss of tire pressure, they said.

“A sudden loss of tyre air pressure while riding may result in loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of an accident, causing injury or death to rider and/or passenger and other road users,” the department said in a statement on Monday.

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Thousands of Harley Davidson bikes have been recalled over faulty part which could have fatal consequences. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

The potential defect is affecting Softail motorbikes made between 2017 and 2023 of the following variants: FLDE, FLHC, FLHCS, FLHCS ANV, FXLRS and FXLRST.

There are approximately 3,676 such motorbikes in circulation in Australia.

Anyone who owns one of the affected motorbikes can contact their nearest Harley-Davidson Australia dealer and arrange an appointment to have the motorcycle repaired, free of charge, the Department of Transport say.

The 2023 version of the Softail motorbike is described as “stripped down” and “loaded with soul” on the Harley Davidson Australia website.

Softail motorbikes retail at a starting price of around $25,000.

Harley Davidson Australia did not respond to a NCA NewsWire request for comment over the recall.