Care and Feeding of My Hog
Is your Harley a member of the family? You know what I mean. You’d rather been in the driveway polishing her than raking up the leaves. And, when dinnertime rolls around, you yell “Five more minutes!” For you, I’ve gathered five helpful ways to keep your “baby” running great!
Keeping your Harley battery working long-term is easy if you know the right trick. Some riders will charge their battery monthly, when they aren’t riding the bike, which helps keep it working when they’re ready to hit to road again. If you want it to last longer than the typical two to three years with this method, use a trickle charger instead. A constant slow charge will keep your battery live longer than the once-a-month option.
Drying Without Streaks
Did you know that Harley-Davidson sells a HOG Blaster Motorcycle Dryer? It looks a bit like a hairdryer used by dog groomers, but with a sleek black finish. If used correctly, it will cut down your drying time by 75% percent, reduce streaks and water spots, and find those drips hiding within.
Inspecting Your Chain
If your chain breaks while you’re riding your bike, it can spin off, causing injury to you and to others in the vicinity. Remember to clean, adjust, and inspect your bike’s chain on a regular schedule. You can use a toothbrush and cleaner to keep the chain free of debris. Go here for step-by-step instructions…
Checking Your Tires
A blown tire can send you crashing to the pavement at high speeds. Get in the habit of inspecting your tires before each ride, even if its to the corner and back. Check your tire pressure and tread weekly. Use a good quality pressure gauge, when your tires are cool, and a penny to check the tread levels.
Like automobile, motorcycles benefit from having the oil changed every 3,000 miles or six months, even if it’s being stored for the winter. Changing the oil is fairly easy to do if you’re mechanically inclined. Otherwise, take your bike in to the shop on a regular schedule.
Modesto Hog says, “Hope this helps you understand the necessity for periodic maintenance and inspection, so your time on the road is fun and carefree!”
Where to Store My Hog?
It’s winter in So Cal and I was talking with my friend, Andy. He lives in Riverside and stores his motorcycles in a really nice storage facility. The people their are friendly and they have a security gate. I asked him why he doesn’t keep them at home and he said it’s because he owns four and he needs room in the driveway for his car. He keeps one hog at home and rides it to the storage place to trade for another one whenever he wants to. I thought about this and decided to look around for self-storage in my area. I found a bunch on the main highway 99 and stopped by to check a few out. They’re all pretty clean, but some where full up. Wow, didn’t realize how much stuff we all collect. Anyway, it gave me ideas about what to do when I travel for months at a time. I can rent out the house and put my stuff in storage and the rental will pay for it. Are any of you planning a long trip? Maybe we can get together and figure out more great ideas like this one!
Hanging with My Hogs
Have you every wondered what it would be like to ride a motorcycle down Route 66, what’s left of it anyway? Well I did for years and now I know! It stretches from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. Imagine being on your Harley with your spouse on the back, cruising with your favorite friends. The wind is blowing, the sun is shining, and you have a bag of Doritos hanging from the handlebars. You stop to eat at a small restaurant with tables outside and a view of the mountains. Their specialty is “flapjacks with eggs and bacon,” and Marge serves it up with a smile. “Here you go, nice and hot. Eat up! It’s a long time until the next food stop.”
Next stop can be a hike up Tucumcari Mountain. I’m told the movie “Cars” used this mountain as inspiration for the mesa seen from the town of Radiator Springs. Ride as far as you can up the dirt road and leave your bikes behind. Walk up the highest hill, stretch out on a large rock, and take a snooze.
Another location may have a lake or pond to cool you off on a hot sweaty day. Pack your swimsuit, or, not if you’re so included. Lake Overholser in Oklahoma is open for fishing and boating. Rent poles because it would be awkward to carry them on your bike — LOL. Catch dinner for your group and have an old fashion fish fry at the public picnic tables.
When you’re ready for some nightlife and to gamble away your money, stop in at the Route 66 Casino Hotel. Get that long awaited shower, a good meal, and see who’s playing in the Legends Theater. The relaxation will do you good!
By now you may be thinking, riding a bike isn’t me. I don’t know how. Well, make friends with an experienced rider. You can sit back and read your book while they drive. Yes, really, some bikes have seats for two with a tall headrest behind you. It will be an adventure of a lifetime!