If you have just gone out and purchased your first Harley Davidson, congratulations! You are a part of an awesome new club. Now, before you jump on your hog and head out onto the open road, there a couple of things that you should know about owning your magnificent bike. This will help to keep you in one piece and your bike in mint condition. Here is what you should be aware of as a new bike owner:
Safeguard the Manual
Once you have you have your manual in your hands, you need to find a safe place to store it. Only later on will you understand just how important that booklet is to you. Owner’s manuals give you information specific to your bike. This means that if you have a Harley Davidson Iron 883, your booklet will tell you exactly how to take care of it. Since each model has its own features and components, you will learn to rely on this. The booklet can also be an excellent source of information for you, particularly if you notice that the bike doesn’t sound or work the way it is supposed to. Last but not least, the manual will let you know when it is time for your bike to get serviced.
Don’t Modify Your Bike Straightaway
There are a lot of riders who have already started modifying their bikes in their head before they have ever bought one. The first thing you should do, though, is to learn to enjoy the model that you have. Get used to the feel, the weight, and the sound of your machine. One of the main reasons for this is so that you know what a properly functioning H-D should run and sound like. This way, if something does go wrong, you will be able to tell almost immediately. As a rule of thumb, lay off making any changes until you have put several tens of thousands of miles on your bike. Then, perhaps, you will be ready to do so.
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Always Have a Pre-Check
Sure, constantly checking out your bike before getting on can be tiresome. Then again, it can also save your life. The last thing you want is to realise that something is wrong after your traveling at full speed on the road. At the very top of your checklist should be your tires and your wheels since they experience the mot amount of wear and tear. Then, you should make sure that all the important fluids such as the oil and the fuel are at the proper levels and that there are no leaks. Also, make a point of giving your brakes, chains, and chassis an once-over before getting on. Last but not least, make certain that your kickstand is in good condition and not bent.
Ride As Much as You Can
If you really want to become an expert at handling your Harley, the only way to do this is to ride and then ride some more. After all, this is what the bike was meant to do so might as well put it to good use. There is nothing like the freedom of the open road, as you will soon learn.
This is what you need to know if you are a new Harley-Davidson owner.