Anyone who has driven or ridden a motorcycle knows just how exhilarating it is, especially in Texas, where we are free to ride without a helmet. Unfortunately with the great freedom that operating a motorcycle gives its riders comes the very real danger of an accident. Many times this danger presents itself by way of other carless drivers failing to see motorcyclists. Still other times accidents occur due to uncontrollable elements such as slick or wet roads or loose gravel. While these dangers are not in the control of the rider, some accidents occur simply because the rider’s bike or equipment was not properly inspected before riding. These types of accidents can be greatly reduced by performing a pre-ride inspection of your bike and gear. Per-ride inspections should include inspecting the following: tiers, engine oil, fuel, turn signals, belts, sprockets, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to name a few areas to check.
During pre-ride inspections, some riders of the Harley Davidson FLS Softtail have noticed issues with their front turn signals. This has led Harley Davidson to issue a recall for their 2014 and 2015 FLS Softail motorcycle. Harley Davidson says these model bikes have been manufactured without lamp-outage-detection in the front turn signals. The problem is in the body control module software. Without this detection system, the rider may not be aware that their front turn signals are out. Harley Davidson says that dealerships will fix this problem at no cost to the rider. Owners can contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.