Harley-Davidson bikes investigated for brake failure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the anti-lock braking system on 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles after receiving complaints about brake failures.

Forty-three riders have reported their brakes failed without warning, the Associated Press reported. The NHTSA has received three reports of crashes and two reports of injuries involved with brake failure.


The bikes under investigation are those from model years 2008-11 with ABS brakes.

A possible cause for the failure may be that some riders didn’t change their brake fluid every two years, as recommended. Old fluid can corrode the valves in the ABS system.

To read more from the Associated Press about this investigation, click here.

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  1. Dot 4 seems to gel and sieze master cylinder , have two clients with master cyl . failure after two years . Evidently HD uses Dot 4 for antilock system , dot 5 was fine for the last 30 years . Why change and as I understand cannot be changed without hose and seal replacement , especially when worried about insurance issues and compliance mods . on late model units

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