Oxford (11 February 2013) - Many people will be turning their attention back to two wheels and getting ready to get back out on the bike. However it’s worth bearing a few things in mind before heading out on the open road.
Get it looked at by a specialist
Head down to your local dealer to get your machine checked over by the experts. You can rest easy in the fact that your bike is in the hands of people who love it just as much as you do!
A service from Harley-Davidson is a lot more than just an oil change. Brakes, jiffy stand, latches, fuel lines, battery, suspension, steering head bearings, cables, wiring, electronic equipment, tyres and more are all inspected and adjusted. What’s more, the bike’s software is checked for official updates – you can’t get this anywhere other than an authorised dealer. In addition, you can be rest assured that as well as all this, all transmission, engine and primary chaincase oils are changed too.
Check your charge
Batteries are one of the main culprits for riders not getting out after winter. With many motorcycle alarms draining the power over winter, when riders come to start up their V-Twin machines the battery doesn’t work. However don’t despair, what if there was a way to tell how much power was in the battery at a glance? There is, in the form of a battery charging harness complete with LED charge indicator. Many dealers* will be ensuring every customer who books a service will be riding away with one to make them aware if their battery is lacking the ‘joie de vivre’. Can’t wait? You could always order your own from your local Harley-Davidson dealer…
Prevention is easier (and cheaper) than the cure…
This tip is rather broad as it covers everything from you and the motorcycle. Look after yourself and the bike and it will be easier and cheaper in the long run. We all know that there is salt on the roads so give your bike a quick swill down and wash with Harley-Davidson cleaning products to protect your paintwork and shiny bits. We all know that riders need protection so check over your kit and make sure its all in good condition.
Make a ‘New Season Resolution’
It might be simply getting out on your bike more, taking part in the Mileage Marathon with your local HOG Chapter or starting to save the pennies so you can take your dream tour of America. Take the new riding season as an opportunity to set some goals for the riding year ahead and do something you’ve always wanted to in 2013!
So, polish off the bike, get it checked out, get organised and get out! Here’s to a happy new riding season!