Your Motorcycle Maintenance Schedule

Harley-Davidson Tech Working on Wheel

The Harley-Davidson maintenance schedule is designed to maintain performance and reveal issues before they can keep you from riding, put you in danger, or cost you an arm and leg in repairs. Not sure when you need to take time for motorcycle maintenance? Whether you want to DIY your service repairs or visit our Gladstone service department, you’ll want to follow the motorcycle maintenance schedule below.

Harley-Davidson Maintenance: 1,000 Miles

At the crucial 1,000-mile motorcycle maintenance inspection, certified Harley-Davidson technicians inspect every inch of your bike to make sure that everything is up to factory standards. Next, they’ll perform a road test to confirm that you can safely ride the Portland roads at top speed. Just a few of the systems that technicians will test include:

  • Check clutch adjustment
  • Change engine oil & oil filter
  • Check/adjust the primary chain
  • Inspect brake pads and discs for wear
  • Inspect fuel valve, lines, and fittings for leaks
  • Check brake fluid reservoir levels and condition
  • Inspect exhaust system for leaks, cracks, and loose or missing fasteners or heat shields
  • Check the tightness of all critical fasteners: hand controls, brake system, axle nuts, front fork components, riser, and handlebars

Harley-Davidson Maintenance: 2,500 Miles

At 2,500 miles, technicians take a closer look at parts that wear out a little later, like tire treads. Other routine checks of oil fluid levels and brakes also occur at this interval:

  • Inspect transmission lubricant
  • Inspect brake pads and discs for wear
  • Inspect fuel valve, lines, and fittings for leaks
  • Inspect tire pressure and inspect the tread
  • Inspect operation of throttle and enrichener controls
  • Inspect operation of all electrical equipment and switches
  • Inspect oil lines and brake system for leaks

Harley-Davidson Maintenance: 5,000 Miles

Your Harley-Davidson maintenance schedule includes a 5,000-mile check that combines some items from the 1,000-mile and 2,500-mile service intervals, while also adding assessments of various electrical components and other adjustments:

  • Inspect spark plugs
  • Check tire pressure and inspect the tread
  • Check wheel spoke tightness
  • Check and clean battery connections
  • Check front fork bearing adjustment
  • Check ignition timing (XL only) and vacuum hose
  • Check operation of all electrical equipment and switches

Harley-Davidson Maintenance: 7,500 Miles

Your bike is due for motorcycle maintenance again at 7,500 miles. During this service appointment, your bike will undergo the same checks as at 2,500 miles. We know many Harley-Davidson owners prefer to handle their own maintenance and checks, and this might be a good time to try that out — but if you’re new to the DIY maintenance, bring your bike by our service center afterward so we can check it out, too.

Harley-Davidson Maintenance: 10,000 Miles

At 10,000 miles, the Harley-Davidson maintenance schedule is focused on retightening parts that may have gradually shaken loose over time. Lubrication of steering head bearings and other crucial pivot points are important items on the 10,000-mile checklist:

  • Change transmission lubricant
  • Check and adjust the belt
  • Lube the speedometer cable
  • Lubricate and adjust steering head bearings
  • Check and adjust the operation of enrichener
  • Check stabilizer links and engine mounts

Motorcycle Maintenance to Do at Home

The following simple DIY checks can go a long way toward keeping your bike in great shape between the regular intervals of your motorcycle maintenance schedule.

  • Clean the battery terminals and coat with dielectric grease to prevent corrosion.
  • Check for blown fuses and ensure that spares are present.
  • Use a multimeter to check the standing voltage at each battery terminal, charge if needed.
  • Examine pivot points and moving parts for signs of wear or interference.
  • Check for failed fork seals and dripping fluid under the bike.

Learn More About Harley-Davidson Maintenance Schedules in Gladstone

Are you looking for more maintenance tips? In need of Harley-Davidson parts for your motorcycle maintenance? Latus Motors Harley-Davidson is dedicated to keeping your bike cruising the roads of Clackmas. Contact us to learn more about motorcycle maintenance, schedule service, or order parts for your DIY maintenance!

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