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2008 FLSTC REAR BRAKE CALIPER BROKE -CAUSING THE BRAKE PISONS TO LOCK ALL THE WAY OUT, LOCKING UP THE REAR WHEEL. DO YOU KNOW IF THIS IS A FREQUENT PROBLEM? REPAIR COST $335. AT THE HARLEY SHOP. MILEAGE 76000.

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To begin with, I hope nobody was hurt. Having the rear wheel lock up at the wrong time could be hazardous. I hope the damage was limited to the bike. The bike can be fixed.

If the bike had 76,000 miles on it when this happened, I wouldn't classify it as a "frequent problem". Matter of fact, I've never heard of it happening but there seems to be something strange here. I don't know of many 2008 model bikes that have that many miles on them. Matter of fact, I don't know of many bikes PERIOD that have that many miles on them. My 1965 Panhead doesn't have that many miles on it.

Now, you can look for factory recalls. I looked in several places and didn't find anything. If you are still dissatisfied, you can call the customer services at the motor factory and complain. Maybe they'll do something.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

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    dsandford,

    My 2009 FLSTC with 6,800 miles did the same thing. HD Dealer quoted $450 for parts and labor. Paid $250 for towing and $100 for hotel.

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