Motorcycle Detailing Service

The Oakland Harley-Davidson Service team has the products, skill and knowledge required to professionally detail your motorcycle to showroom standards. Detailing a motorcycle requires specific soaps, waxes, degreasers and other products to effectively clean the variety of surfaces found on motorcycle components. The cleaning products we use have undergone extensive testing and certification with Harley-Davidson engineers and product developers. They have been tested on Harley-Davidson specific paint and surfaces. Upgrade your next maintenance appointment, regular brake service, oil change or new tire installation with a professional detailing service. Chrome or black, gloss or denim, we're here to clean and protect every type of surface.


Stage 1 Detail: starting at $300.00

  • Full wash with soap and water
  • Degrease engine and under bike
  • Blow dry: thoroughly blown dry and wiped down to make sure that there aren't any streaks or spots remaining
  • Polish chrome or aluminum


Stage 2 Detail:

Touring Bikes or Bikes with Painted Fairing and Hard Bags: starting at $450.00

Bikes without Painted Fairing and Hard Bags: starting at $375.00

  • Full wash with soap and water
  • Degrease engine and under bike
  • Blow dry: thoroughly blown dry and wiped down to make sure that there aren't any streaks or spots remaining
  • Polish chrome or aluminum
  • Polish/buff all paint
  • Apply bead maker paint protectant

Does not include paint repair. Pick up and delivery available. 

CorrosionWhat happens to a motorcycle that doesn't receive proper care of its surfaces?

  • Wear: Everyday dirt, nicks – rubbing, normal stuff will eventually “wear out” the finishes and coatings.
  • Environmental: Acidic rain, UV rays, smog, heat, cold, road salt and other chemical influences will eat into and degrade finishes and metals.
  • Corrosion/Oxidation: The result of unprotected or untreated metal surfaces.
  • Damage: Human errors in using incorrect products that can leave surfaces unprotected, accelerate degradation or cause direct
    damage! And it gets worse! Some products’ negative impact doesn’t begin to appear until long after the damage has been done!

Unprotected Wheel

1 Year Old V-Rod Wheel that was never protected.

Protected Wheel

V-Rod wheel ridden for a season, cleaned and protected once using the method outlined in the V-Rod owners manual.

So, what is it about H-D Surface Care products that make them special? Actually, a number of things, all of them important:

  • Extensive testing and certification: Tested extensively in the lab and in the field, and certified by Harley-Davidson engineers.
  • Compatibility with other H-D Surface Care Products: H-D Surface Care Products are formulated to complement each other and not react adversely.
  • Compatibility with specific Harley-Davidson surfaces: H-D Surface Care Products are formulated to be compatible with Harley-Davidson’s specific surfaces – paint, metal finishes, wheels, clear coat formulation, etc.
  • Overall product performance: The product has to work, and it has to work well.

Do Not Use Products

Damage can occur by using incorrect products … let’s look at these products in greater detail …

  • Abrasive Pads: Abrasive pads and steel wool for chrome. The intended purpose is to polish or cut into raw metal or for sanding. Bonus: If you use these, you’ll have a head start on your next paint job!
  • Oven Cleaner: Some have tried to clean engines with this product. Oven cleaner dissolves plastics, that means it dissolves clear coat and Wrinkle-Black finishes, too! Bonus: It also burns your skin.
  • Silicone-Based “Protectants”: Are products owners apply to inner fairings, seats, and glove box lowers. These products strip poly bonding agents in plastics and rubber, and leech essential oils, resulting in premature drying and cracking. Bonus: The coating wears away quickly.
  • Household Cleaners: Such as glass cleaners with ammonia. These products are not for Lexan® windshields! Ammonia leeches in from laminated edges and turns windshields yellow! Bonus: It promotes hairline cracks, too.
  • Furniture/Automotive Waxes/Polishes: Many automotive waxes contain carnauba. Carnauba does not allow chrome finishes to “breathe,” and furniture polish is formulated to penetrate wood, or in the case of a motorcycle, clear coat. Bonus: You’ll be able to pick the clear coat off your Harley like scabs! This product ran national TV ads stating this is a “multi-use” product, they stated that it works great as a motorcycle polish … WRONG.
  • Paper/Cloth Towels: Paper towels are fortified with Nylon® for strength and durability. Same for cloth towels, too. Even cloth diapers have nylon. Nylon is actually harder than clear coat. Bonus: That means extra fine scratches!


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