My 2006 Wide Glide has 27,623 miles on it and the last time I had it serviced was at 20,000 miles. I missed the 25,000 mile service and it is overdue. Up until recently I have been an absolute fanatic about service every 5000 miles. I've been dragging my feet because I just didn't want to spend the money to take it to the Harley dealer. Also my extended service plan recently expired so there will never be any more warranty work performed by the dealer.
I said it's time to start doing my own service. What the heck, when I was riding as a teenager I did everything myself so now that I am older and wiser, it's time to get out the tools and go back to work. I would like to say that this decision is based upon my burning desire to be immersed in all aspects of my motorcycle, but the fact is that this is a purely economical decision. I just don't want to pay 75 bucks an hour to have somebody change the oil in my motorcycle.
People seem to always adjust everything around them to make things more enjoyable. Remote controls to adjust the TV volume, shoe inserts make our feet feel better, or maybe a couple aspirin to take care of that annoying headache. But when it comes to motorcycles, everybody just wants to jump on and ride. Sure, the motorcycle ride may not be very comfortable but that's what motorcycles are all about anyway, right? Well yes, to some extent, motorcycles are all about getting out in the weather and the wind and enjoying the ride. However there are five things that you can take care of on your motorcycle which will allow you to increase your enjoyment immediately. You can survive without a remote control, shoe inserts or aspirin but if you really want to enjoy your motorcycle ride you need to pay attention to these five things
I love my wife (she's the one), I love my life (I'm a happy guy), but I really, really love my motorcycle.
Every single time I get on my motorcycle I get energized. Even before I start the engine, just rolling it out of the garage, switching on the ignition and putting it in neutral, gets my juices going. When I hit the ignition and the engine roars to life, it's like my own engine just started up. I get so excited I have to just sit there for a few moments and enjoy the feeling. After I take off and head down the street, I become so immersed in the thrill of riding that I almost feel the motorcycle has become a part of me.
I rode my Harley Wide Glide up to the electronics store last Saturday and when I pulled in to park, there was a guy just parking his Goldwing. I started up a conversation with, “Nice bike, I've been thinking about getting one of those myself.” And as with most motorcycle owners, that was all it took to find out everything I ever wanted to know about a Goldwing.
I told him that his Goldwing looked like a brand-new motorcycle and it did. In fact it looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor. He liked hearing that and I could tell he was very proud of his bike. He went through and showed me all of the features and accessories. He said me that control panel button that opens up the knee vents that directed engine heat onto your lower legs when it was cold outside, same with the foot vents. It had a built-in radio with CD and MP3 and player hook up. He had driver to passenger intercom, automatic windshield adjustment, and the list goes on. The only feature I had on my Harley that I could point out to the Goldwing rider was my WindVest (windshield) which I explained kept the bugs out of my teeth. I did point out that I had removed the baffles from my screaming Eagle exhaust pipes and replaced them with a fender washer which meant that they were almost straight pipes. I told him that I loved the sound. He did not seem to share my enthusiasm for loud pipes.
Cleaning your motorcycle on a weekly basis will protect and enhance the look of your motorcycle and this cleaning process will force you to perform a detailed inspection to discover any loose parts, nuts and bolts, corrosion, wear and tear and tire condition. Always give your motorcycle a thorough cleaning before performing any detailing on paint, chrome and Plexiglas. Follow these simple steps to thoroughly clean your motorcycle.
So I stopped to get gas the other day and ended up in a conversation with a motorcycle cop. or maybe I should say motorcycle policeman or motor officer. I’m not really sure if cop is considered a derogatory term anymore or not. If it is, I am apologizing to all the policeman out there right now because I have a huge respect for all policeman.
Okay now that that’s out of the way, here’s what happened. I had finished getting gas when California Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer pulled in and parked next to me on his BMW, outfitted with all the police goodies. I suddenly had a dilemma. My '06 wide glide has essentially straight pipes. Actually I have replaced the screaming Eagle exhaust pipes with Thunder City baffles which is simply a flat fender washer welded inside the center of the baffle. They are really loud. (I like loud pipes, but that’s a conversation for another day.) In short, I was paranoid about starting up my motorcycle and leaving because I didn’t want to get an equipment violation of the loud pipes. so I struck up a conversation and here’s how it went.
After the first two weeks with your new motorcycle and your new helmet, the day will come when you start getting tired of carrying your helmet into the grocery store or flopping it down on the restaurant table, announcing to the world that , "Yeah Buddy, that's my bike outside and I am the real deal!" Relax, nobody is noticing you and your helmet is not turning any heads. The helmet thrill is gone and now you want to know what do you do with your helmet when you leave your bike unattended at the cinema, the grocery store or the swap meet. You first solution is to take your new, expensive, shiny helmet with you when you leave your bike. But after lugging your helmet around with you for a couple of hours, you start looking for a more practical solution.
I am absolutely, 100% convinced that the key to safe riding is maintaining your focus. The weather, your skill level, your psychological well being and most of all, the traffic that surrounds you is exactly what you need to be focused on to ride safely. Accidents do happen but if you remain totally focused on what you are doing, you can minimize your rise and enjoy your ride.
Lets focus on the traffic around you. No matter if you are on city streets or on the interstate, your safety threat are the cars next to you. You can do a lot more than just watch out for these cars, you can try to anticipate which of these card/drivers are your biggest threat.
Just when you thought everything was going great, your husband announces that he is thinking about getting a motorcycle. Somehow you manage to keep a passive face while inside you are thinking "That's not going to happen, no way, no how, uh-uh, no motorcycles in this family." Or maybe you have always had a secret desire to get a motorcycle yourself and this announcement fits right in to your fantasy.
Whatever your initial reaction, once you sense that he is dead serious (oops, bad choice of adjective), you should probably get serious about what to do with this new obsession. In this blog I will give you all of the information you need and maybe some information that your husband should know. At the very lease you will be in a position to discuss motorcycle riding from an informed point of view.