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MAINTENANCE AND TUNE UP SERVICES

In later winter or early spring most riders are getting their bike dug out of the garage, dusting off their riding gear and getting ready for another year of riding. Most people also use this time of year as a reminder to do a once over on their bikes and make sure everything is in good working order.

Inspecting the tires and changing the oil is a common thing to do but most don’t go any farther than that. There are several service intervals that need to be taken seriously, and if you follow the recommended maintenance schedules set up by the manufacturer, your bike will always be ready for you and you won’t have to worry about unexpected issues or something breaking down on you mid-season.

Preventing The Need For Costly Repair

Proper motorcycle maintenance and preparation before riding will prevent the need for costly repair jobs. The Internet abounds with motorcycle repair videos, DVDs, books and magazines. If you prefer not to go to an authorized repair center, it is possible to learn how to do-it-yourself.

A quick pre-ride check of your bike will help prevent the need for repair, especially if you are going on a long road-trip, and even if you are just riding to the store.

First check the oil and the oil filter. Learning how to change your own filter will save time and money. If you do change your own oil make sure to dispose of the old oil properly. It should be sealed in an approved container and taken to a legitimate oil disposal facility. This is a good time to check the other fluid levels.

Next check the controls to make sure they all operate properly. Controls include front and rear brakes, throttle, clutch and shifter. Also check to see that the steering mechanism works smoothly. This may be done by turning the handlebars through the full operating range.

You should check your tire pressure often. If you are touring, carry a tire gauge and check it daily. The owner’s manual that comes with your bike will tell you what the correct tire pressure should be. Remember that air pressure can change with air temperature. When you check your tire pressure you should also check the condition of your tires. Replace any tires that have less than 50 percent of the tread left. Replace tires that have cracks, cuts or signs of wear. You should not try to repair a tire unless there is no other option. Even then it is a short-term solution.

Make sure to check for any fuel, oil, or hydraulic fuel leaks. Check both the cases and the lines for leaks. Running out of oil out in the middle of nowhere will definitely mean costly engine repair or even replacement.

Check your headlights, taillights, and turning signals and brake lights. Get into the habit of doing this every time you ride. This is for your own protection letting other drivers see you as well as letting you see them. Instructions on replacing bulbs should be in your owner’s manual. Oh, by the way, if you bought a used bike and the owner did not give you a manual, try looking on line.

Now check your battery. You may actually double the life of your battery by checking and maintaining water levels regularly. This is as simple as shining a flashlight into the opening and filling to the indicated level. You may also consider installing a battery charger with a convenient disconnect.

Before you start out, check the position of the mirrors. Do this while you are sitting on the bike to ensure that they are correctly positioned.

Other items to check:

  • Check chains and/or belts
  • Lubricate controls and fittings
  • Service air cleaner
  • Adjust Clutch
  • Replace Spark Plugs
  • Check brake pads and fluid
  • Aim Headlights
  • Change primary fluid
  • Change transmission fluid
  • Check charging system
  • Road test

Following this simple maintenance plan can save you time, money and the need for repair. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, find the closest Harley Davidson dealership to help you out.

Initial Service- 1 month after purchase or 1000 miles

Change:
engine oil and oil filter

Inspect:
Lights/signals/switches to make sure they are all functioning properly
Valve clearance
Sync carbs
Idle speed
Brake system (check brake operation, fluid levels, inspect pads, check for leaks and test brake light switches)
Clutch operation and cable adjustment (or fluid level for hydraulic systems)
Chain or belt tension, and lube chain
Control cables (check all cables to ensure they are functioning properly, have the correct amount of free play)
Check all important fasteners (axles, steering stem, brake calipers, handlebars, etc.)

6 Months or 5,000 miles

Change:
Oil, the filter is optional and can be changed every other oil change if you like.

Lube:
Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points
Side stand pivot
Cables
Chain

Inspect and replace if necessary:
Crankcase ventilation tube
Fuel line/system, inspect fuel line, and vacuum lines, fuel filter, etc.
Exhaust system, check for leaks and tighten/replace gaskets if necessary
Carb sync and idle speed also check choke function, where applicable
Cooling system, test fan, coolant level and inspect lines
Air filter, clean with compressed air and re-oil
Brake system, check function/check for leaks/check fluid level
Clutch system, check clutch function and adjust if necessary
Forks, check fluid level and for leaks
Battery, check voltage and cables
Turn signals lights and switches, verify function of all
Cables, inspect lube and adjust

When inspecting hoses, always check for tightness, kinks and crushes. If you see fluid it doesn’t always mean there is a leak, it could be something that was spilled during filling so always clean it off first and then see if it comes back. That is a good way to find the leak as well.

12 Months or 10k-12k miles

Change:
Engine oil and oil filter
Spark plug

Lube:
Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points
Side stand pivot
Cables
Chain

Inspect:
Everything listed from 6 month service plus the following:
Wheel Bearings
Steering stem bearings
Shocks
Spokes, where applicable

18 Months or 15k miles

Change:
Oil, the filter is optional and can be changed every other oil change if you like.

Lube:
Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points
Side stand pivot
Cables
Chain

Inspect and replace if necessary:
Everything from 6 month service plus:
Evap system, California models only

24 Months or 20k miles

Change:
Engine oil and oil filter
Spark plug
Wheel bearings
Air filter
Brake/clutch fluid
Coolant
Repack steering stem and swing arm pivot bearings

From here on it is pretty routine, just start back at 6k and work through or you can set up an annual and semiannual schedule to work off of.  Except the following:

36 months

Replace the fork oil, seals and bushings

48 months

Change all the brake and clutch lines, where applicable, radiator hoses, cables throttle/brake/clutch/etc. and inspect all electrical connections.

Through all of the services anything that looks worn should be replaced or repaired. Brakes should be inspected regularly and the pads replaced whenever they are worn for safety. Also make a regular schedule to inspect the tires and replace when they are worn or starting to dry rot. Staying on top of this might seem like a lot but once you have been through it a couple times it gets fairly routine and there are a lot of tools that can make the jobs a lot easier to do. ALWAYS replace worn or damaged parts with new parts made for that bike as used parts or parts not intended for your bike can make it dangerous to ride. Refer to a service manual for fluid levels, torque specs, recommended specifications for adjustments and recommended slack in cables as these are crucial to the bike functioning properly. If you feel that you are in over your head, never assume something is right if you’re not sure, and take it to a service professional to have it done right. The guide I have made here is only a reference and does not include every necessary adjustment for every bike nor will all bikes require all of these adjustments