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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

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Topics: Maintaining Your Bike, harley davidson


The 4 Stages Of Harley's Screamin' Eagle Upgrades

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


6 Tips For Riding Your Motorcycle In The Cold

Posted by Dan Novit

Oct 17, 2018 4:20:41 PM

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Indiana weather can sometimes be tricky to predict, but this morning was a dreadful reminder that colder weather is most certainly on the way. For many motorcyclists, this first annual encounter with the morning frost can often mean that it's time to start thinking about sending the baby into hibernation until spring rolls around. But still, there are quite a few riders out there who aren't ready to submit to the winter wrath quite yet- and it's A-okay to keep riding through the season, as long as it's done safely. 

The Cold, Hard Truth.MC-Snow-300

First, we need to acknowledge the dangers and risks associated with riding in the cold. If you've ever journeyed out into the brisk, fall breeze unprepared, you were likely quick to regret not tuning in to Fox59 that morning for the weather. Not only is riding in the cold extremely uncomfortable without proper gear, but your body and mind are also at a significant disadvantage when your body temperature drops. Even if you think you're feeling good, colder temperatures will often result in:

  • Shivering
  • Slower reaction times
  • Impaired judgement
  • Low energy
  • Stiff joints and muscles

All of which make you a hazard to yourself and others out on the road. Of course, the last thing we, at Southside Harley, would ever want to do is discourage anyone from riding. So, with enthusiastic support for our die-hard riders out there, we've thoughtfully assembled a list of riding tips that will help you stay safe and warm, should you choose to motor through the bitter days ahead.

Tips For Riding Safely In The Cold

1. Choose Your Underwear Wisely

Wearing thermal underwear will help your body retain heat in all the places that matter. This will help you stay warm without the need to layer on several additional pieces of clothing that may restrict your body's movement while riding. We recommend The Harley-Davidson® FXRG Base Layer Pant and Base Layer Tee. These under-layers from the FXRG Collection were designed with some pretty incredible smart technology that actually help to regulate your body's temperature.

Check out the video for more information about the FXRG Under Layer:

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See the full FXRG Collection for HERE (in-store availability may vary)

2. Invest In The Gear That Matters

Sometimes there are benefits to spending a few extra bucks on good quality gear that is actually designed for riding. You can throw on your thick, toasty pair of snow-blowing gloves, but will your hands and fingers be nimble enough to operate your controls?

Treating yourself to a proper riding jacket will also help make those cold rides quite a bit easier. The material you choose for your jacket is typically a matter of preference. Some riders will say that a waterproof, textile jacket will be your best bet to keep you warm without restricting your movements. But Harley-Davidson has introduced some pretty wicked innovations to their leather jackets which make them a mentionable option, as well.

Check out some of the recommended cold weather gear we've got in stock at Southside Harley!

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Unlike the summer time, we don't always thirst for water when it's cold outside. That can become a problem if we don't recognize that our bodies still need water to function at 100%. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and during your ride. 

4. Skip The Morning Joe

Coffee is a great way to start a crisp, winter morning- but not necessarily if you're planning on riding. It may hit the spot and warm your spirits, but drinks like coffee increase your blood flow to the skin to make you feel warmer, but you're actually losing body heat. Best to stick with water or drinks with electrolytes to keep you truly hydrated for the ride. Waitress making cup of coffee in cafx92xA9

5. Eat Like A Champ

Because our metabolism slows down when it's cold, our body begins to shiver to generate heat inside of us. Eating hardy, nutritional foods will keep you warm while calories are burned. Foods with anti-oxidants and immune-boosting properties will help you feel warm while you ride. While eating hot foods make you feel warm in the moment, a piece of fruit can be just as beneficial, if not more.

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6. Stop Frequently

If you're planning on being on the road for a while, make sure to make plenty of stops to warm yourself up. Taking breaks will give you the chance to stretch out and get the blood flowing through your body again. Take this time for a quick self-assessment of how your fingers and toes are feeling. If you can, try to stop at rest stops along your route to use hand dryers in the restrooms to warm your fingers. 

You May Spend More, But It Won't Cost As Much

In the end, making the decision to ride through the winter- or at least for some colder months- takes a bit of preparation and, yes, perhaps a little bit of money. But your rides will be much more tolerable and- dare we say- enjoyable. By committing to a few upfront expenses and inconveniences, you're actually investing in the safety of yourself and others out on the road- and that's something we can all afford.

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Riding Gear, Indiana Riding, harley davidson


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