Harley-Davidson recalls 66,421 motorcycles

Chris Woodyard
A 2014 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout motorcycle sits on display at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership in Ottawa, Illinois.
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At the height of riding season, Harley-Davidson has ordered up a big recall of near-new motorcycles

Harley is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year. It warns that the front wheels can lock up without warning. The recall applies to bikes with anti-lock brakes made between July 1, 2013 and May 7.

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The flaw has resulted in five crashes, with two minor injuries.

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The snafu occurs when a brake line in front is pinched between the fuel tank and the frame, causing the front brake fluid pressure to increase. Dealers will replace brake lines and install straps to keep them in place.

The company knows of five crashes and two minor injuries related to the defect, which it discovered last fall through warranty claims.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners later this month. Dealers will replace the brake lines for free and attach straps to hold them in place.

--By Chris Woodyard, USA Today.