Motorcycles are fun. They’re also risky rides. The lack of the safety devices standard with most vehicles means that an accident can leave drivers and passengers of motorcycles seriously hurt in an accident. If the crash is survived, the injuries caused can take longer to heal than might otherwise be the case.

Because of their relatively small size it might be easy to make the assumption that motorcycles are also less complicated than other vehicles. That really isn’t the case. They are complex machines that require a lot of careful attention to be sure they’re running at peak performance. If any component is defective due to faulty design or manufacture, the results can be deadly.

Fortunately, that has not happened as yet with a batch of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. motorcycles — at least as far as we know. The company has issued a recall of some 46,000 models sold in the U.S. last year and this year. The reports don’t break out whether any of the affected motorcycles are in Connecticut, but it has to be considered likely.

The models affected include certain Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide, Electra Glide and Ultra Limited motorcycles. Harley-Davidson says the problem with them is that they have faulty clutches that may not fully disengage when activated, leaving the cycle in gear. The company says 27 crashes have been reported so far with four people suffering minor injuries.

When a consumer buys a product of any kind he or she has a right to expect that it will perform as designed. If it doesn’t because of parts are defective and it results in injury to the user, he or she has a right to seek compensation for damages suffered.