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Top 5 Harley-Davidson Gift Ideas for Him

Posted by Sherry Long

Dec 9, 2014 11:50:00 AM

Holiday Gift Ideas from Indianapolis Southside Harley-DavidsonMake it a Harley Holiday with the top Harley-Davidson gifts for him.

Indianapolis Harley-DavidsonWith Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start searching for the perfect gift ideas for him. Here at Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, we understand how hard it can be to shop for the Harley guy in your life. We’re here to help! Our team has compiled a list of the season’s Top 5 Harley-Davidson gifts for him. Whether you’re shopping for a husband or a boyfriend, a father, son, or someone else, you’ll find the perfect gift for the biker who doesn’t know what he wants, right here at Indy's Southside H-D. We even have great Harley Davidson gift ideas for that guy who thinks he has it all.


All of these great holiday gifts can be found in-store at ISSHD. BUT if you'd like to order online through h-d.com/store, log in, then under Your Account, be sure to select Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson as your Preferred Dealership. By doing this, we get assigned as the Selling Dealer during checkout, and as the default delivery destination if you choose to have your order shipped HERE for FREE in-store pickup.

Free Holiday Gift WrapFREE holiday gift wrapping available in-store only!


Men's Moto Ride Nylon Jacket#1: Moto Ride Nylon Jacket

Designed with cold weather in mind, the Moto Ride Nylon Jacket is perfect for H-D fans who call the Indianapolis area home. You’ll be able to withstand Old Man Winter, thanks to 100% heavy nylon twill with polyester mesh lining, hand-warmer pockets, and a rib-knit collar and waist. This jacket features plenty of stash pockets, and the unmistakable black and orange coloring and embroidered H-D graphics remind everyone where your loyalty resides.

Available in a variety of regular and tall sizes, make space on your coat rack and come check out the Moto Ride Nylon Jacket today at Southside Harley-Davidson in Indianapolis.


Orange 1/4 Zip Logo Fleece#2: Orange 1/4-Zip Logo Fleece

This classic Logo Collection Orange 1/4-Zip Logo Fleece feels right at home in just about any situation. Layer it up or wear it by itself. Featuring anti-static fleece for a comfy and low-maintenance fit, this long sleeve shirt also has the timeless H-D Bar & Shield logo embroidered on the left chest.

With sizes ranging from Small to 5XL, Harley fans of all shapes and stature will fit right into the Orange 1/4-Zip Logo Fleece. Drop by ISSHD and grab one for your guy today.


1903 59FIFTY Baseball Cap#3: 1903 59FIFTY® Baseball Cap

Keep the sun out of your eyes and do it in style, with the 1903 59FIFTY® Baseball Cap from H-D. With a fresh look that doesn’t forsake heritage, this hat features wool and viscose construction and embroidered graphics on the front and back. The fitted design comes in many sizes. 

Give your biker guy some added swagger and come see the 1903 59FIFTY® Baseball Caps in stock today at your Indianapolis Harely-Davidson dealer, Southside Harley.


Black Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants#4: Black Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants

We’d argue there is no better way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee than by drinking it while wearing some authentic H-D flannel. Comfortable, casual, and classic, these Black Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants are the perfect way to relax on a chilly weekend in the warmth of your home. Don’t call them sweat pants; with premium features like 100% cotton flannel, elastic waistband and drawstring, button fly, side pockets, and embroidered graphics, you might not want to take them off. 

Grab a pair of these Black Plaid Flannel Lounge Pants in sizes S-2XL at Southside Harley-Davidson in Indy. Heck, while you’re at it, grab two. 


Bar & Shield Logo Backpack#5: Bar & Shield Logo Backpack

Pack it full of textbooks for your next class, or all the gear you need for your next trip. This Bar & Shield Logo Backpack features several smart pockets and compartments, with enough space to stuff your helmet. Made out of durable dobby polyester, you’ll be glad to have this pack with you on campus or on the road. 

Hate to wrap presents? Pick up this Bar & Shield Logo Backpack at Southside H-D and use it to hold all of your other great gifts.

If there's something in particular you are looking for and you're having a hard time finding it, let us know. Fill out our MotorClothes Request Form.

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Don’t wait until the last minute to finish your holiday shopping. Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson is open seven days a week and we’re happy to help you find the best holiday gifts to give the guys in your life a very Harley and happy holiday. Come see us today!


Topics: Bags & Luggage, Riding Gear, Gift Ideas

Extending the Life of your Harley Davidson Battery

Posted by Sherry Long

Oct 27, 2014 2:03:00 PM

Harley-Davidson Service

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 clothingHarley road trip checklist
  •       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