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June 9, 1999

Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Buell Motorcycle Company

Buell S1 Lightning Years: 1997-1998
Buell S1 White Lightning Years: 1997-1998
Buell M2 Cyclone Years: 1997-1998
Buell S3 Thunderbolt Years: 1997-1998
Buell S3T Thunderbolt Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 5,208
Dates of Manufacture: January 1996 - June 1998
Defect: On certain motorcycles, the rear brake line can chafe, resulting in loss of brake fluid. Should this occur, the rider could experience loss of rear braking capabilities.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the rear brake line. Owner notification is expected to begin during June 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Buell at 1-414-343-8400.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V096/Buell Recall No. 0812]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed. Manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.


The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.