Motorcycle Maintenance

February 21st, 2019 by
It’s probably safe to assume that your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is one of your most prized possessions. This is one of many reasons to make sure you take excellent care of it, which begins with proper maintenance. If you’re a do-it-yourself type of motorcycle owner who takes pride in getting your hands dirty as you fix up your bike, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you don’t consider yourself a pro, there are plenty of maintenance tasks you can easily handle from the comfort of your own garage, which we’ve outlined below.

If you run into any issues, be sure to visit your local Harley dealer, Lakeland Harley-Davidson. We’re conveniently located in Lakeland, FL near Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, and Brandon. When you’re ready to upgrade, we can help you find the perfect bike for your needs. In fact, we’ve got tons of great Harley motorcycles for sale, so what are you waiting for? Stop by today!

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Chains, Shafts, Belts

Your bike receives its power from a series of chains, shafts, and belts. Each part needs to be properly functioning and lubricated to ensure your Harley-Davidson motorcycle is running well. For example, a belt that’s too tight could easily strain the material. On the other hand, a belt that’s too loose could come off. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, we recommend you bring it in for service here at Lakeland Harley-Davidson.

Tires

It’s extremely critical to keep your tires in good shape. Believe it or not, certain tire issues can be the quickest way to end your ride. These issues also happen to be the easiest to prevent. The key to success is performing regular tire checks. Start with the pressure. If you find that the tires are too inflated, they’ll lose contact with the ground. If they’re not inflated enough, they’ll struggle to handle the forces being pushed on them. You’ll want to use a tire pressure gauge to confirm that the pressure is within the suggested levels in the owner’s manual. You’ll get the best reading in the morning when the tires are cold.

Another important aspect of Harley-Davidson motorcycle tire care is examining the tread, which provides your wheels with traction on the road. Your tread will wear down over time and as you ride. There is a point when it’s considered unsafe to ride as you risk losing control of the bike. Refer to your owner’s manual for guidance regarding the tread.

Brakes

You don’t want to neglect your motorcycle’s brakes as they can make the difference between a smooth, safe ride and a horrific crash. Check your brakes on an ongoing basis. Bring your bike into your local Harley dealer as soon as they start acting up. You should never ignore any squeaking, grinding, or pulsating coming from your brakes. Additionally, make sure you check the brake fluid levels. Most Harley-Davidson motorcycles have separate stores for the front and back wheels, so remember to check both and top it off as needed. Check the brake pads and replace them if they are excessively worn down.

Fuel

Don’t forget to routinely check your fuel filter because if it becomes clogged, it compromises the power you need for your bike to run. If you notice any sputtering sounds or your engine struggles to start, you’ll want to replace the fuel filter. When it comes to the type of fuel you use, be sure to consider how often you ride. If you only take your Harley-Davidson motorcycle out on occasion, you should use higher octane fuel. Ethanol-heavy fuels transform into a corrosive sludge if they sit idle for an extended period of time.

You’re officially prepared to handle your Harley-Davidson motorcycle maintenance. If you have questions or need assistance with parts and service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Lakeland Harley-Davidson. Our dealership is located in Lakeland, FL near Orlando, Tampa, Kissimmee, and Brandon. We’d also be happy to show you our current inventory, which includes some Harley motorcycles for sale.

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