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How To Clean Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Posted by Sherry Long

Apr 4, 2019 12:10:09 PM

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Icleaning productsndianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson offers lots of great tips, tricks, and advice for keeping your prized possession looking as shiny as the day you first rode it home.

What you need to clean your Harley Davidson:

  • Wash mitt
  • Microfiber detailing cloth
  • Softstrips
  • Soft detailing pad
  • Wheel & spoke brush
  • Softcloth
  • Soft drying towel
  • HOG Blaster motorcycle dryer


Essential Harley Davidson Cleaning
Products:

  • Wheel & tire cleaner
  • Sunwash concentrate
  • Bug remover
  • Harley Glaze polish & sealant
  • Harley Black
Prepare your motorcycle for a thorough wash

 

The Wash Process

1.      Cool Down

      • Don’t start cleaning until your motorcycle is cool to the touch.
      • Cold water can damage a hot bike.


2.    
Pre-Wash

      • Rinse your bike with clean water from the bottom up.
      • Do you have the proper cleaning and detailing supplies on hand?

 

3.      Wheels & Tires

      • Rinse your wheels and tires, making sure to wet all surfaces with clean water.
      • Spray on wheel & tire cleaner andwait one minute.How to properly wash your Harley-Davidson motorcycle
      • Clean the wheels with your soft detailing pad or your wheel & spoke brush.
      • Rinse well.

 
4.   
The Wash

      • Use two clean buckets; one for cleaning and one for rinsing.
      • Pour Sunwash concentrate into one bucket and fill with water.
      • Fill your second bucket with just clean water.
      • Soak your wash mitt in the bucket with Sunwash solution.
      • Wash all bike surfaces; start at the top and work your way down.
      • Use Harley’s bug remover to easily clean away those caked-on insects.
      • Rinse all bike surfaces; start at the bottom and work your way up.harley davidson cleaning products
      • Finish with a final top down rinse.

How to properly wash your Harley-Davidson motorcycle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5.     
Drying the Motorcycle

      • Use your soft drying towel on all bike surfaces.
      • For faster, more effectivedrying, use the HOG Blaster motorcycle dryer.
      • Dampen your towel in the bucket of clean water, and wring out any excess water.
      • Wipe across the entire bike surface.
      • Wring out the towel often and continue wiping until your bike is completely dry.

 

How to properly polish your Harley-Davidson motorcycle

 

 6.      Polish & Seal

        • Remember that a well-maintained Harley repels dust, dirt, bugs, and dirty water.
        • Use Harley Glaze polish & sealant with your softcloth ormicrofiber detailing cloth and follow the bottle instructions.
        • A softcloth is an absolute must for buffing your bike.


7.     
Add Harley Black to Tires

 

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are incredible machines that give you many years of riding pleasure. Also, they’re valuable investments that are worth caring for properly. Proper Harley Davidson care will increase your riding pleasure and, ultimately, help retain your bike’s value. Want to protect your bike for the long run? Check out these special protective products exclusively from H-D: 

Harley Glaze poly sealant
Windshield water repellant
Leather protectant
Harley Preserve bare aluminum protectant wipes

 harley davidson cleaning tips

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Topics: Maintaining Your Bike, harley davidson


How To Maximize Your Harley-Davidson's Performance Potential

Posted by Dan Novit

Feb 22, 2019 9:33:36 AM

If you’ve ever said “no” to more torque and horsepower, you must not be riding a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Since the beginning, H-D® riders have discovered freedom in the satisfying pull of exceptional powertrain performance. It's only natural that the addicting rush of adrenaline has many riders craving more.

While there’s certainly no shortage of aftermarket upgrade options, the bulk of these will void your existing manufacturers warranty, forcing you to sacrifice peace-of-mind for a little extra oomph behind your throttle. So what’s a speed-hungry Harley addict to do?

Thankfully, Harley-Davidson has a pretty solid understanding of who their customer is and what they want, developing a generous line of Screamin’ Eagle® performance parts that won’t interfere with your factory powertrain warranty. In fact, you can even upgrade a new motorcycle before it leaves the dealership, rolling the Scream’ Eagle upgrade kit into your existing loan agreement.

But the best part of it all is the flawless compatibility between the Screamin’ Eagle parts and the engine itself; since both were developed together, by the same manufacturer, there’s no hassle convincing your aftermarket parts to play nice with your engine. The only question left to answer is, how much power do you want?

Here's the basics of what you'll be getting with each upgrade stage:

Stage-I

This upgrade is going to be ideal for you if you're looking to enhance the general performance of your Harley. Not only that, but you'll be enhancing the overall look and sound of your bike, as well as building the foundation for all future Screamin' Eagle upgrade possibilities.


Stage-II

This kit allows you to select a cam that best suits your riding style-

Torque Kit Option: Up to a 15% increase in overall performance in the low-to-mid-RPM range. You'll feel a crisp and responsive throttle and more bang for your buck while accelerating, ideal for passing slower vehicles without downshifting.

Power Kit Option: Up to 25% increase in overall performance in the mid-to-upper-RPM range, pumping up your adrenaline with a nice burst of speed as you head for that redline.


Stage-III

Satisfyingly large engine displacement and increased power throughout the entire RPM range. Your engine is going to swallow more air and fuel, with a higher compression piston to squeeze it all into an explosive formula for power. More specifically: up to a 35% increase in performance compared to stock bikes, downshift-free passing power right when you want it and "hold-on-to-your-knickers" acceleration from stoplight to freeway speed.


Stage-IV

This is the stage that really puts the cherry on top. You're looking at high-flow cylinder heads and the Godzilla of all throttle bodies. You'll be maxing out displacement, compression and flow, allow you to experience the highest level of Harley-Davidson freedom with the best H-D performance upgrade available. 

 

Topics: Screamin Eagle Performance, harley davidson


Pioneers Of Hoosier Motorcycling: Preserving History, Inspiring Future Riders

Posted by Dan Novit

Jan 22, 2019 12:26:31 PM

Could you imagine a world without the freedom to ride? What if the exhilarating rush of motorcycling had died on the treacherous battlefields of 1940's Germany and never evolved into the winding roads and raceways we so freely blaze today? Oh, what a (quiet) world it would be.

Luckily for us, our distant ancestors recognized the potential for something much greater hidden within those post-war motorcycles, igniting a passionate flame that would be entwined within the DNA of generations to come. It would be their children- and theirs after them- who would be trusted to nurture that fire and keep the spirit alive.

Although that roaring community of motorcycling legends encompassed riders from all over the world, many of these great names straddled their first bike right here in the state of Indiana- and they'll still jump at the chance to tell you the story.

This February, the Indiana Motorcycle Expo will be back again for its 28th year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with a fleeting opportunity to hear the first-hand accounts of some of Indiana's most recognized Pioneers of Hoosier Motorcycling.


 A Few Names From The Blazing Trails

Bob Schulteti Blog1

When your father inadvertently stumbles into a job at Harley-Davidson® as a 16 year-old kid (George Schulteti, 1922), it's pretty likely that you're going to inherit the adrenaline gene, too. As a young teen, Bob swept the floors and worked various odd jobs around his father's dealership, Harley-Davidson Sales & Service (the oldest H-D® dealer in Indiana, now Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson) and, in 1948, entered his first race- an English Trial in Butlerville, Indiana. He won. 

 

Blog3Bob would go on to race in many more events over the next few decades, including short track, flat track, hill climb, enduro and more, until finally rolling off the throttle (in racing, anyway) in the late 60's.

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Of course, his legacy could never be complete without taking over the family business in 1981, where he proudly continues to serve the local community as President of Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.

Bob Schulteti, Owner of Indianapolis Southside Harley Davidson 

 

   Read more about Bob HERE

 

 

 

Tim Weaver

As a 13 year-old boy, he literally starved himself for the sake of riding, setting aside his school lunch money for his motorcycle fund. In fact, before even riding a motorcycle, he knew that he wanted to race one. He would hang out on the south side of Indy- where the motorcycle trails were- and shoot the breeze with a few of the riders, eager to take in as much information as possible. Tim-Weaver-004-e1481735943968

It came to a point where he just couldn't stand not having some kind- any kind- of motorized bike. So he traded a roll of pennies for an old Briggs and Stratton engine and, with a little ingenuity, mounted it to a bicycle frame and voila- a do-it-yourself motorcycle. It certainly wasn't an authentic Enduro, but Tim recalls the first time he hit 15 MPH as being "the greatest sensation" he'd ever felt.

Of course, it didn't last long. Not long after her maiden voyage- and after hitting the trails a few times- the "beast" broke down and Tim sold her for parts. But he had tasted just enough to inspire his thirst for more.

Read more about Tim HERE


 The Future Of Motorcycling

Sadly, motorcycling is becoming less and less attractive to our more recent generations, which further emphasis the need to re-ignite the once-burning flame these pioneers kept alive for so many years. Recognizing the importance of preserving this legendary pastime and inspire younger generations to ride, the Pioneers of Hoosier Motorcycling have enlisted on a mission: to compile their fragile memories into a documentary that can be shared with the world.

Learn More and Donate To The Pioneers' Project HERE

 

 

 

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