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Overseas Customers Saying Brakes Are Failing On Harley-Davidson's Street 750; Company Says it's Rider Error

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A number of Harley-Davidson customers in India have been demanding a recall of 2014 and 2015 Street 750 (made for India) due to faulty brakes.

According to the Hindu Business Line, Street 750 riders are coming together on social media platforms, including Facebook and Whatsapp, and demanding that the company take action.

Udham S Hooda, of Delhi, a Street 750 owner, who is spearheading the protests, says he had a close shave when his brakes failed during a ride in mid-August. He was leading a group of a dozen riders when this happened.

Riders in Delhi and Chennai have organised protests and more owners are coming together across major cities, says Hooda. But the company has largely ignored their concerns. In the 2016 model, Harley-Davidson has upgraded the brake system but is not addressing the safety concern in older models, he said.

In the story, an unnamed company spokesman said the problem is due to lack of skill in riding super bikes, which are recent entrants to the domestic market.

Hooda has left his vehicle at the service centre and has refused to take delivery, and this is just one of many instances, he says. Ganesh Kumar, a 2016 model Street 750 owner, who joined the protest in Delhi, says the problem persists. His brakes simply jammed on a ride even before it was due for first service. Subsequently, he suffered a bad fall in September when the brakes jammed during another long ride.

The 750 is manufactured in Kansas City for the North American market and in Bawal, Haryana, for the domestic and select international markets such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and a few Asian markets. 

The 750 is powered by a 749 cc displacement version of Harley's 60° SOHC V-twin, water-cooled Revolution engine dubbed the Revolution X.

There have been three recalls in the USA on the 2015 XG750 (the official HD designation) but none for brake issues




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