Harley-Davidson is a brand that perhaps has the most number of loyalists to its credit. It’s not hard to come across whose a “Harley man by heart and soul”. But for all the love Harley gets from its buyers and admirers, it isn’t returning much of it back. We recently reported how thousands of Harley-Davidsons had a leaking oil problem, which spewed oil right in the path of the rear tyre.

And now, we have this. As many as 43 riders have made complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Their complaints have been about brakes on their Harley-Davidsons failing without warning. Brakes are a crucial part of any vehicle. And brakes failing without warning is a disastrous thought.

Resultantly, NHTSA has launched an inquiry covering about half a million motorcycles. The 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles under inquiry include model years 2008 to 2011. The bikes under the scanner feature an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). Ironically, ABS is a system which is especially useful in emergency braking. ABS helps provides a better grip and traction on lose ride surfaces such as wet roads, gravel, snow, etc., preventing the wheels from locking and skidding while braking.

Several complainant riders only narrowly avoided severe accidents. As many as three crashes and two injuries have been reported as a result of this brake failure.

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