Motorcycle Accidents

Why Are New Harleys Leaking Oil Like They're Old Harleys?

Are new Harleys leaking oil like the old legends say? The attorneys who ride want you to know about this dangerous new defect.

Harley Davidson motorcyle
Tom Metier

By Tom Metier

2 min read
Have you ever watched Discovery Channel’s Harley and the Davidsons? It’s a docu-drama about the creators of America’s legendary motorcycle marque. For anyone fascinated by Harley-Davidson, it’s an interesting watch, but there’s a scene in this film that has rippled through the ages. Now, a new recall harkens back to this classic Harley problem, and you need to be aware of it.
New Harleys Leaking Oil Like Old Harleys
In the scene mentioned above, Walter Davidson helps solve a problem with the engine of their motorcycle. Unfortunately, this fix causes the engine to leak oil, a detail that Bill Harley—the engine’s engineer—is reluctant to accept. This scene depicted a detail about Harley-Davidson motorcycles that would follow the brand for decades.
Harley engines have been known by many enthusiasts to leak oil, but that hasn’t been the case for quite a few years. As Harley has become more advanced, oil leak problems have become the stuff of legends to the manufacturer. However, a new recall is digging up that old skeleton.
Harley-Davidson is recalling 57,000 motorcycles worldwide due to an oil line that can come loose. This could drop oil in front of the rear tire and cause a crash. The problem affects specific 2017 models built between July 2 and May 9. The affected models include the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special.
The company promises to fix the problem at dealerships by reinstalling a clamp in the engine. If you own one of these recalled Harley’s, you need to take your bike in ASAP. So far, the company has said that the oil leak problem has cause two crashes and a minor injury, but if the recall isn’t heeded, that number could grow.
Brought to you by the motorcycling attorneys of the Metier Law Firm—keeping an eye on motorcycle safety.

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