Basic Maintenance for Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Basic Maintenance for Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Many riders choose a mechanic they trust to perform the maintenance and repair necessary for their motorcycle. It's good to know some of the basics of motorcycle maintenance. Skim through some of the articles we have published to help our customers find out a little bit more about their Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Want personalized help? Schedule an appointment with our Service Department today.

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A Few Things Everyone Should Know About H-D BatteriesBattery%20Cut%20Away

Genuine H-D Batteries offer the latest technology for higher cold cranking amps, long life and improved rechargeability. Featuring the latest AGM technology, these batteries are durable, long-lasting and trouble-free. And what is more, they are made in the U.S.A. Here are a few basic facts about motorcycle batteries:

  • A battery discharges continuously in small internal loads called “self-discharge” Self-discharge speeds up drastically as the temperature rises.
  • A battery discharged too deeply, for too long, may be permanently damaged.
  • A battery charged with an incompatible charger may be permanently damaged.

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Video Tutorials: Washing Your MotorcycleUnprotected%20Wheel

Washing your motorcycle can have amazing benefits. Not only does it look great, washing your motorcycle gives you a chance to check your bike over for any maintenance issues. It can even give you some time to reflect on your rides and think about what customizations you might like to do next. 

The key to washing a motorcycle is to get the right stuff to do the job and protect your bike from excess wear and tear. 

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Tips for How to Clean and Inspect Your Motorcycleclean-and-inspect_blog

—There are two types of riders: those who relish the ritual of cleaning their bikes and those who see it as a chore. Regardless of the tribe you belong to, you have to clean your bike. Not only will your bike last longer, it will run better. Yes, there’s truth to that axiom. 

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How to Care For and Clean Chrome on Your Motorcyclechrome_motorcycle_handle_bars_575x300

When you think of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, what sort of image comes to mind? If you’re like a lot of people, there’s a good chance it includes at least a little chrome.

Chrome-plated accessories first started appearing in Harley-Davidson® catalogs as early as 1930. The first was a “speedometer lamp,” designed to make your (optional) speedometer “as effective at night as in the daytime.” More chrome accessories appeared in subsequent years, with 1934 seeing the debut of the first “Chromium Plated Combination” package. 

“For an extra $13.50,” explains Harley-Davidson Museum Curator Jim Fricke, “you got ‘chrome-plated Handlebars, Generator end cover, Exhaust pipes, Saddle bar assembly, Muffler, Tail pipe, Oiler and timer cover, Intake pipe clamp nuts, Valve spring covers, and Front brake control clamp.’”

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What is done in a 1,000 mile service?HD_Sioux_Falls_14_0038-1

Regular maintenance, including a 1,000 mile service, will help keep your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle operating at peak performance.

Harley-Davidson® factory-trained technicians utilize the latest diagnostic tools and Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts in servicing your motorcycle to assure you of the highest-quality workmanship.

While many people think that this recommended service is just about changing the oil on the motorcycle, the technicians will go through quite a bit more to ensure your motorcycle is running properly. While the checklist can vary depending on the type of motorcycle here is the breakdown of what a 1,000 mile service means for a 2020 Softail model.

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Don't Overlook Regular Brake Service151280_0785%20(1)

No matter your riding style, you still need to have your brake fluid changed every 2 years. 

Many H-D motorcycles use DOT 4 brake fluid.  As the fluid ages, its chemical properties deteriorate and it absorbs water.  This changes the physical properties of the DOT 4 brake fluid, which can lead to brake performance issues including soft or spongy brakes.  Left unchanged long enough, the brake fluid could eventually deteriorate so much that there could be a loss of either front or rear braking.

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Top Motorcycle Mechanic Skills for the Do-It-Yourself Biker

A number of simple motorcycle repairs can be performed in your garage or on the side of the road (when it is safe to do so). These are useful skills to have, and they will make you feel more comfortable riding because you know you'll be able to handle whatever gets thrown your way.But before you grab your tool case, check with [the Service team at Oakland Harley-Davidson]. Conducting your repairs may void your warranty, in which case you're better off getting serviced by professionals rather than doing it yourself.

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How Do Motorcycle Tires Differ from Automobile TiresPicture4

We're all familiar with the dreaded time of the year when you have to replace the tires on your motorcycle. But what makes them so darn pricey? Well as it turns out there's a lot that goes into motorcycle tires that make them different than the tires on our cars or trucks. So here's the down low as well as some tips and tricks to get the most out of your tire investment.

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Motorcycle Oil: Why not just use the same oil I put in my car?Picture11

What's the difference? It's just oil right? It's not like I'm putting Olive Oil in my motorcycle. I should be able to just drop by the auto parts store, pick up a couple of quarts and top 'er off right? I don't need fancy motorcycle oil.

You might  be doing more harm than good. Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines operate at higher temperatures than water-cooled automobile engines, which means they require extra protection. They are specifically designed to run a certain type of oil with certain features. That is why Harley-Davidson has spent so much time and money investing their own synthetic lubricant that is specifically designed for use in your Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  Here are a couple little known facts about H-D oil.

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Dunlop® H-D TiresD407

For a full run down on H-D tires, how they are different than car tires and tips on tire maintenance you should definitely check out this other article we wrote about just that. If you are looking for a full run down on specifically Dunlop® Tires, you are in the right place.

By creating the first practical pneumatic tire in 1888, John Boyd Dunlop began more than tire company; he pioneered an entire industry. Driven by innovative technology, Dunlop introduced the first use of Kevlar® belts in motorcycle tires, produced the first Original Equipment radial street tire and continues to lead the industry. In addition, Dunlop is recognized as a world leader in motorcycle tire design, engineering and manufacturing. Since 1984, Dunlop® Tires has provided Original Equipment and service replacement tires for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Dunlop is recognized as the world-leader in motorcycle tire design, engineering and manufacturing excellence.

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Michelin® H-D TiresScorcher31

For a full run down on H-D tires, how they are different than car tires and tips on tire maintenance you should definitely check out this other article we wrote about just that. If you are looking for a full run down on specifically Michelin® Tires, you are in the right place.

Since 1889, Michelin® has been a leader in the tire industry. From introducing the world’s first radial tire in 1946, to being the first to use radial motorcycle tires in race competition, Michelin has demonstrated its dedication to producing some of the world’s most innovative tire products. A leader in racing technology, Michelin researches, tests and develops tire solutions in the most demanding form of racing competition. Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders benefit from that technology, as Michelin transfers track technology into Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding confidence and performance.

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The History of H-D EnginesAtmospheric-V-Twin

2017 begins the next era of power, performance and innovation for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, and it all starts with the all-new Milwaukee-Eight™ engines. The sound of the Harley-Davidson® 45-degree V-Twin rings through the history of motorcycling in an unbroken line stretching back to 1909. Each one improving on the one before it. Iconic. Durable. Unmistakable in their sound. Unparalleled in their muscular look. Unmatched in the feeling they deliver to the rider. Take a look at the history of H-D engines.

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Inspiration for Customizing Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle


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