Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cutting a Motorcycle Windshield

As Margaret has gotten more comfortable on her bike she has had an ever growing issue with the windshield.  She's getting a lot of reflections and glare on the inside that is affecting her ability to see the road due to its height. Everyone has their preferences on how tall, short, fat, etc. a windshield should be. Most articles, riders, and accessory places will recommend that your eye site should be just above the top of the wind shield.  I tend to agree with this.  Try having a windshield that you have to look through and ride in the rain.  No wipers means you can’t see through it and you’ll end up having to crane your neck to the side of the windshield to see the road.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Air Filter Cleaning

Another very important maintenance procedure is to clean and lubricate your air intake filter.  When that thing gets dirty your bike will start running rough due to not getting enough air into the cylinders.  Its an easy procedure that anyone can do with basic tools.  If you have been doing your own oil changes you'll  already have all the tools necessary to do this.  The owners manual that comes with your bike shows this needs to be done every 5000 miles.  I clean mine with every oil change and that puts both maintenance procedures on the same schedule.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Steering Head Bearing Lubrication

This VERY simple maintenance tip can be performed by anyone and with only one tool!  That is exciting news for anyone.  Your steering head bearings should be lubricated at regular intervals that are outlined in your owner’s manual.  This will keep your steering bearings from binding which could cause control issues. My Street Glide is every 10K miles, Margarets Softail Deluxe is also 10K miles.  The first lube is supposed to be performed at that critical 1K miles service. What your owner’s manual does not explain is how to lubricate, how much lubrication to use, and what type of lubrication to use.  This information can be found in a service manual for your specific bike.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Margarets First Road Ride

Last weekend Margaret completed the state mandated riding class and obtained her license.  She did quite well by having the overall highest scores of the class.  Congrats on that!  Being an extended weekend due to 4th of July, we were able to get her out in the parking lot a bit more than usual so she could get more comfortable on her Harley.  She gained so much confidence that she asked if we could take a short ride on the road Sunday morning.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Million Mile Monday 2013

Every year Harley Davidson does a Million Mile Monday. Launched in 2008, Million Mile Monday has been an annual event on the last Monday of June that brings thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders together in a collective effort to celebrate the motorcycle riding experience.  Outside of having an excuse to take off work on this Monday and ride, nothing really comes from it.  Fort Worth Harley Davidson has taken a step to incorporate this ride into part of their year long charity fund raising event.

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