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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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.
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.