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Re: 09' Fatboy Maintenance
Hi, Don't know if it is required or not, but I have owned lots of bikes and if they were new they got changed at 500, the oil and the filter. My personal reasoning was that the engine was new and there was bound to be micro shavings and grit from break in and initial wear that I just didn't want hanging around. If this is your baby, take care of her and change it! This should Fixya!
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The oil and filter should be changed at the first 1,000
miles, then 5,000 miles, then every 5,000 miles thereafter. The
transmission lubricant should also be changed with the first 1,000
miles, then every 10,000 miles, along with the spark plugs. The
following should also be tended to:
* At 10,000 miles, the steering head bearings need lubricating.
* At 20,000 miles, lubricate the steering head bearings again and adjust them if necessary. Also, change the front fork oil.
* At 25,000 miles, lubricate the master cylinder pistons, the front
brake lever pin and the brake caliper pins. Replace the brake caliper
boots, bushings and the rubber components in the master cylinders and
* At 30,000 miles, replace the rear fork bearings.
Maintenance for Winter Storage
Putting your bike away for the winter entails more than
parking it in the garage. You want to store it in prime condition so
that it runs properly when you restart it. Storing your machine for the
* Changing the oil and filter.
* Adding fuel stabilizer and running the bike so the fluid flow through the fuel system.
* Remove the battery and plug it into a battery tender that will keep it
charged through the winter or run your bike for a few minutes every few
weeks to keep the battery charged.
* Properly inflate the tires and move the bike occasionally to even out the tire pressure.
* Clean the bike, polish your chrome and aluminum surfaces, wash the windshield and treat the leather surfaces with a protector.
* Store it indoors, or cover the Harley with a motorcycle cover, to protect it from the elements.
Pre-Ride Check List
Inspecting your Harley whenever you ride is a good idea, but
it should always be done before you go on a long trip. A pre-ride
review should consist of the following check points:
* Your fluids.
* Your controls, such as the brakes, throttle and steering.
* Your tire pressure.
* Your breaks.
* Your lights, like your signals, headlights and tail lights.
* Your mirrors, to make sure they are properly adjusted.
* Your battery.
* Inspect for leaks related to oil, fuel and hydraulics.
* Examine the drive belt and sprockets.
Make sure the tires are inflated so they wear properly and
the bike handles normally. Check that both tires have their valve stems
and they are in good condition. Test that your wheel spokes are tight by
lightly running a screwdriver tip over them. A loose spoke sounds
different than those with the correct tension.
A battery's terminals and connectors should be kept clean.
Test that the clamps and cables are tight since loose connections are
usually the culprit when it comes to sudden battery failure. Keep the
vent tube clear of any kinks and/or blockages.
The rotors to your brakes need to have a smooth surface
that's free of debris. Examine where the brake pads come in contact with
the rotors to see if there's any discoloration. Check your manual to
verify the proper thickness of your brake pads.
It's a good idea to have a friend look at your
lights--front, back, brake and blinkers--while you flip the switches.
You can use a wall or window for a reflection if you are testing them
No, but if your cam shoes have never been replaced, have them checked. In some bikes they go as early as 30,000 miles. I just replaced the shoes in my Fatboy at 32,000. If you do replace the cam shoes or do any other work in the cam cavity, change the stock cam bearings for the Screamin' Eagle bearings. Better bearings and cheap insurance, but there is no need to change them unless you're in there for something else, unless the bearings went bad for some reason.
Good rule of thumb, about every 3,000 miles for oil. Every third oil change for the spark plug. Air filter and Fuel filter usually goes with. Remember though your ridding habbits have a lot to do with maintanace though. If you ride your bike hard, and like the canyons. Then shrink the intervals by 1,000 miles or every once a month for oil. The spark plugs, and filters are every other oil change.
Since few people put more that 75 miles a week on their scooters.... VERY few, 500 km is probably about right. If you use fully synthetic oil, you can prprobably go at least 750 km before changing the oil and cleaning the filte I have never used any oil in our two Honda cars except fully Synthetic Mobile 1 oil.
You should ask exactly what services they are performing, what parts will be required, and how many service hours you will be charged for those services.
Your owner's maintenance manual should indicate what each warranty service entails, in this case I suspect maybe spark plugs, oil and filter change, drive belt tension check, and a brake system check.
Each shop will have different hourly rates, that could be the only variable along with perhaps slight part price differences. As it is a warranty service, the time should be constant, but again you should check at each shop.
Whatever fluid you changed, it wasn't the engine oil. The transmission and primary chaincase both hold about a quart. Looks like you have a job to finish. If you want to do minor service yourself BUY AN OWNER'S MANUAL!!! They are only $20 from a dealer.
Replace the oil filter, filling it 1/2 full during installation
Take out the plugs and squirt some oil into the cylinders. Rotate the engine by hand a few times, or with the plugs still out, crank it over 5-6 times.
I'd (re) break it in carefully. Let is warm up about a minute, then cool it - do that a few times and check for leaks. Id drive it conservatively for awhile and change the oil no later than 500 miles
10W-40 15W-40 etc
As I am unable to tell how long the existing oil has been in the bike should a flushing oil be used befor changing the oil?
Any help/suggestions/advice would be appreciated.
Regards, ,according to 900 Sei WORKSHOP MANUAL Additions and changes to the workshop manual for 500 Quattro-750 Sei whose print date appears to be 2-80, AGIP SINT 2000 SAE 10 W 50 oil is to be used for the engine.
I drained the oil and changed the filter on my 1979 750 with 380 miles on it last May. I bought the bike new but haven't used it since 1993. The oil and filter were again changed after 12 miles.