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Real Feedback. Real Reviews. From Real Southside Harley-Davidson Customers.

Posted by Sherry Long

Nov 7, 2014 9:12:30 AM


We sport a common theme here at Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson. You read about it on our blog, you see it at our open houses and other events, and you experience it every time you walk through our showroom doors.

That theme is simple: we appreciate our customers. We welcome you into our family and invite you to make yourself at home.

It is folks like you who have helped and continue to help make us one of the premier Harley-Davidson dealerships in Indiana and the entire nation!

Whether you’re a brand new customer or you've been doing business with us since "back in the day" we want you to tell us what we’re doing right, and tell us how we can do even better.


Did you know that Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson has an exclusive review website? Here you can read real reviews with honest feedback written by real customers, see how our employees stack up based on customer evaluations, and even write your own review of your experience at our Indianapolis dealership. We want and depend on your honest opinions. Bought a bike? Had yours serviced? Picked up some parts or gear? No matter what you purchased or how much you spent, we encourage you to take a few moments and share your experience. At Indianapolis Southside H-D, we value and respect the opinions of our customers, and we’ll do what it takes to earn not only your repeat business, but also your trust.

Visit our review site. Once there, you’ll also find contact information for Indianapolis Southside H-D. Please give us a call or stop by if you have any questions or comments that you want one of our team members to address. Thanks for visiting Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, Indiana’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership. We’ve been around for over 67 years and four generations of family ownership thanks to customers like you, and your honest feedback helps us get better all the time.

Topics: Loyalty Rewards, Events, Our Dealership

Extending the Life of your Harley Davidson Battery

Posted by Sherry Long

Oct 27, 2014 2:03:16 PM

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First of all, you need to know why you should buy a Harley Davidson Battery for your motorcycle.

It's simple.

All motorcycle batteries were NOT created equal.

  • Harley Davidson Batteries

• are specifically designed and built as part of the vehicle's electrical system to meet the strict H-D design and test standards.

  • • have a patented flush-mounted and strong molded-in terminal design for superior cable contact and longevity.H-D Battery

  • • are completely sealed and leak-proof to protect you and your bike

  • • have internal components that are designed to meet the H-D electrical and vibration profile, which provides superior durability

So, ditch that "Other" battery. Sure, it may have saved you a few bucks when you bought it, but no bargain brand can ever compete with the quality and durability that comes with a genuine Harley-Davidson battery.

harley davidson battery 

Batteries tend to get forgotten about. They're just expected to work. Here are a few things everyone should know about motorcycle batteries:

Did you know that even when your motorcycle is parked and turned off, it’s losing juice? Even in ideal conditions, your bike’s battery loses about 3% of its charge every month. And when these Indianapolis summer days get hotter than
70 degrees outside, you double that discharge rate.

  • To a battery, a big load for a short time is the same as a tiny load for a long time
  • When a motorcycle is parked, the load on the battery is small but never zero - given enough time, parking will dischage any battery
  • Motorcycles with added accessories, such as alarm systems, have even larger loads discharging their batteries with parked
  • A battery discharges continuously in small internal loads called "self-discharge" - it speeds up drastically as the temperature rises
  • A discharged battery can't start a motorcycle
  • A battery discharged too deeply, for too long, may be permanently damaged

So, what's the solution to extending the life of your Harley Davidson battery?

Use a battery tender. It will provide a continuous flow of just enough energy to offset loads and self-discharge without overcharging. If you regularly use a batter tender it will add years to the life of your battery. The key is to plug your motorcycle's battery into a battery tender, not just over winter, but any time you are not on the bike.

It's simple, if you don't keep your battery charged with a tender in this way, you will be buying a new battery much more often.

my harleyI can attest to the validity of that last statement. From the day I bought my new '03 H-D 100th Anniversary Dyna Low Rider, it's always been plugged into a battery tender when I'm not riding it. Even if I'm going to ride the next day, I still plug it in. I didn't have to replace my original battery for over nine years. When I finally replaced it, the guys at the counter couldn't believe it was the original battery. - Sherry Long


Here are two H-D Battery Tenders to consider for your Harley-Davidson motorcycle:

battery tenders

  • 750mA SuperSmart Battery Tender. This compact battery tender is superior to a traditional auto-parts store trickle charger. It features built-in “smart” circuitry cycles that turn itself on and off automatically as needed. That way, your battery never overcharges. This model comes with a five-year manufacturer's warranty. Part #66000038 - Cost $39.95
  • 800mA Waterproof Battery Tender. This waterproof battery tender is ideal for both short-term and seasonal storage, even if moisture gets into your storage area. The 3-step charging system consistantly monitors battery voltage to bring the battery up to full charge and switches to float mode to maintain the charge over extended periods. The vibration-resistant battery tender is reverse polarity protected and spark-proof, even when the leads touch.

Shop for these and other great H-D products, and learn more about them at your Central-Indiana Harley Home, Indianapolis Southside H-D.

Topics: Service & Maintenance

Helpful Motorcycle Tips for a Great Fall Road Trip

Posted by Sherry Long

Oct 22, 2014 4:41:18 PM


More and more riders are gearing up for their fall road trips. We get asked all the time for advice on what to bring, what to leave at home, how to pack a bike, and even where to go. So Indinapolis Southside Harley-Davidson offers some trusty tips on how to make your trip one worth remembering.

 What should I pack?

Harley-Davidson_Riding_GearIt seems like such a simple question, but it’s one without a specific answer. There really is no “right” way to pack for a motorcycle trip (though there are plenty of wrongs). It is more a matter of personal preference. Just like some campers choose a backpack while others prefer an RV, we see riders strap a duffel bag between their handlebars, pull trailers behind their Harleys, and everything in between.

Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson does have a few gear suggestions to consider:

  •       Lightweight synthetic clothing
  •       Cold weather attire
  •       Rain gear
  •       Multi-tool
  •       Tire pressure gauge
  •       Flashlight or headlamp
  •       Extra batteries
  •       First aid kit
  •       Toiletries
  •       Sunglasses & sunscreen
  •       Maps or GPS
  •       Cell phone (don’t forget the ISSHD mobile app!)
  •       Phone charger
  •       Books & journal
  •       Laptop or tablet computer (if it fits)
  •       Drivers license
  •       Extra cash & credit cards

It likely goes without saying, but bring with you all the appropriate riding gear you need (helmet, leathers, gloves, boots, etc.), even if you don’t plan on wearing everything all the time. Remember that laws vary widely, so plan ahead before traveling over state lines.


How can I carry more on my bike?

Most motorcycle riders plan for what they’ll bring on a road trip, but many often forget about what they’ll pick up along the way. Thankfully, Harley-Davidson has several storage solutions.

 The Harley-Davidson Premium Luggage Collection includes a wide range of storage products to satisfy all of your road-tripping needs. Bring your bike out to Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson for a customized fitting by our parts & accessories pros. From saddlebags and travel bags, to luggage racks and anything in between, our team can create all the storage space you need, no matter how far you go or how long you’re gone.

Where should I go?

Located right here in Indianapolis, Southside Harley is the perfect starting point for any motorcycle trip. If you call central Indiana home, you know how easy it is to get to just about any place in the state in only a few hours. Want to go further? Visit our showroom and talk to a member of our team about great destinations all year long. 

Another great source of wisdom and friendly advice can be found within our local H.O.G. Chapter -  Indianapolis Southside Chapter of H.O.G. Harley Owners Group.  riders are a tightknit bunch and many are happy to share personal experiences to help you plan your ride. Visit our chapter website for membership info.

Fall is a favorite season for motorcycle road trips. Before you go, swing by Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson for the official H-D parts, gear, and service to keep you focused on the road ahead, not what you left behind. Have fun out there.

Don’t want to forget anything? Print this helpful pack checklist courtesy Harley-Davidson and
Indianapolis Southside H-D to make sure all your essentials go with you when it’s time to hit the road.

Topics: Maintaining Your Bike, Riding Gear, GPS, Audio & Communication

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