Customizing Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
One of the truly amazing things about a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the never-ending customization options. Because of the large number of people riding Harleys and the long history the company has had of making them there are infinite options. Take a flip through one of the largest Parts & Accessories Catalogs of any OEM manufacturers. Skim through some of the articles we have published to help our customers find out a little inspiration for customizaing their motorcycle to be a little more them. Want personalized help? Schedule an appointment with our Parts Department today.
Studies show that people subconsciously don’t see things they aren’t in the habit of looking for. Or, maybe they’re distracted by texting, looking at GPS, or checking their hair.
In these situations, a motorcycle’s rider’s best defense is to take active measures to make themselves more visible. Here are a few ways to become more visible while riding your motorcycle.
This is Oakland. Let's be real. It is part of East Bay Custom culture to put big wheels on cars and bikes alike. While many motorcycles are sporting that look with Aftermarket wheels, there is a really great option from Harley-Davidson Motor Company to get some awesome custom wheels, still retain the factory warranty and - most importantly - not give up the quality of your ride.
The 21", split 7-spoke design front wheel is the first and largest front wheel for Touring since its introduction 77 years ago. Developed specifically for the Road Glide® vehicle, the custom wheel is engineered to deliver performance and handling without compromise.
Technical manuals vex me. My modest accomplishments include: replacing the motor in a 72 VW Bug in a day, making home made pasta, and changing the diapers of my two children. However, when it comes to the combination of reading/following contemporary manuals and guides, my brain shuts down like an overserved drunkard at 2:00 am. Leaving me with the only question of, “Do human beings actually write these @#! things”?
If you recently purchased a 2014 or later Touring motorcycle with a standard or premium Infotainment System and haven’t braved through the manual, fear not. You’ll need four things to master 50% of the Infotainment operations: Patience, time and opposable thumbs. We’ll help with the rest. We’ve selected the seven best online resources that will help you learn the power of the Infotainment System.
The Stage I upgrade includes high-flow air cleaners, mufflers and the proper electronic control module (ECM) tuning, using the Pro Street Tuner. Stage I is the foundation for all other upgrades.
Stage I is ideal for riders that want to enhance the performance, look and sound of their bike. Riders will feel up to a 10% increase in performance throughout the entire RPM range. Stage I also allows customers to personalize their upgrade through several unique style options.
TORQUE: “I want instant passing power at cruising and highway speeds.”
POWER: “I want to feel the power build and then pull all the way to the redline.”
Cam choices allow you to tailor the engine’s performance to your specific needs. A torque cam offers on-demand throttle response from low to mid RPM at cruising speed. A power cam targets high RPM, wide-open throttle response that keeps pulling right up to the redline.
"I want instant power that lasts throughout the entire RPM range. Bigger is better."
The next step on the performance journey is to build a "bigger" engine, and that means more cubic inches. Stage III upgrades add size to your engine and increase compression for a bigger bang. With the proper cam profile and free-flowing intake and exhaust, a big bore motor can be tuned to deliver the power to ride any way you like or to ride two-up while retaining that solo feel. Stage III is ideal for riders who want the largest engine displacement and increased power throughout the entire RPM range.
"I ride hard and want the absolute best performance upgrade available. Try to keep up… I dare you!"
Now that you have the volume, use it the right way. By adding high-flowing ported and matched upper-end components to the bigger engine, you can make sure you're moving as much air and fuel as the engine can take. Stage IV adds more horsepower to the already impressive Stage III upgrade. Designed to satisfy the high RPM, throttle twisting rider, the Stage IV upgrade delivers up to a 52% increase in power. For Milwaukee-Eight engines, this equates to over 120 HP delivered to the rear wheel, installed without removing it from the frame!
"… the XLCR may be one of the most appealing bikes of the decade, a combination of two of the strongest profiling elements on two wheels — big, thundering Harley-Davidsons and sleek, kinetic-looking cafe racers." — Cycle Guide, July 1977
Conceived under the watchful eye of Willie G. Davidson, the iconic 1977-79 XLCR Café Racer model established a new timeless look - and re-creating that bike’s spirit is one of today’s fastest growing customization trends.
Premium Ride Emulsion Shocks
- An option for premium suspension for Dyna® models
- Improved rider feel and passenger comfort
- Great handling and the smoothest, most comfortable ride possible on Dyna® models
Features and Benefits:
- Nitrogen gas charging prevents cavitation under harsh conditions
- Internal Valve Stack provides superior damping for rider control
- Larger 36mm piston reacts quicker to small inputs
- Triple rate spring keeps the tire glued to the road regardless of road conditions
- High performance oil improves rider feel
- Threaded pre-load adjustment accommodates heavier loads and allows for more precise adjustment
- Urethane bumper provides a softer feel when the shock bottoms