One of the most important safety tips to owning a Harley-Davidson is replacing old or worn parts that have out lasted their use. For instance, many people don’t know how to simply replace the mirrors on their ride. It can seem easy, but if you miss a few steps, it may end up costing you.
Luckily, we found this video from the guys over at JP Cycles. It’s a quick do-it-yourself video on how to replace your side mirrors. Be safe and great riding!
Maintaining your Harley-Davidson is the most important part of Harley ownership. From oil changes, to tire changes, your bike needs to be taken care of regularly in order to keep it running like a beauty. Few people realize that checking the lights regularly is as important as changing the oil. A malfunctioning headlight could be a dangerous surprise while riding at night or in foul weather.
Replacing the headlight can be an easy project that’s not only quick but can help improve the safety of your motorcycle. We found this short video (courtesy of JP Cycles) that provides a step-by-step look at how to install a headlight on your Harley. Enjoy and great riding!
Saddlebags can be a great addition to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle if you have a lot of items you’d like to carry while you’re on the road. Installing saddlebags on a Harley isn’t as a difficult task; in fact, doing so doesn’t even require the use of tools. What’s important is knowing how to attach saddlebags to your bike and how to properly secure them.
So why not save money by not paying a trained professional to install saddlebags on your bike and take a crack at installing it yourself? We found a short video (courtesy of Gone Touring) that includes step-by-step instructions on how to attach saddlebags on a Harley softail. Watch this video to learn how to install saddlebags on your bike today!
Last month, Harley-Davidson debuted the new 2013 Breakout at Daytona Bike Week. Like its Custom Vehicle Operations equivalent, the 2013 CVO Breakout, the features of Harley-Davidson’s latest premium softail product are intended to showcase the bike’s powertrain and wheels.
The Breakout will be on sale for $17,899 in Vivid Black, and for $18,299 in Big Blue Pearl. With its big wheels, big paint, chopped fenders and classic gasser wheels, this bad boy is sure to draw a lot of attention from onlookers.
Watch the promo video for the 2013 Breakout and tell us what out think of Harley’s latest release in the comment box below:
If you’ve been thinking about installing a new seat on your motorcycle, save your some money and don’t take it to an auto service shop – do it yourself! Installing a seat on a motorcycle is easy, and we’ve found a great instructional video that will guide you through the installation (on any motorcycle make or model).
For the installation, all you’ll need is a screwdriver and a zip tie. So grab your tools, watch this video, and take a crack at outfitting your bike with a brand new seat.
For almost 100 years, Harley-Davidson has been a supporter of the United States military. Harley motorcycles were first used by the U.S. military in the Mexican Expedition in 1917, and were later commissioned (close to one-third) in World War I.
Since 2006, the Harley-Davidson Foundation has been working with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to provide the Harley Heroes – a program created to bring benefits, education, and counseling to veterans in communities all across the United States through the DAV Mobile Service Office (MSO).” DAV’s MSOs have been set up at Harley-Davidson dealerships and other locations across the country.
To promote the program, Harley Heroes launched a short video series called Helping Heroes Move Onward. The series tells the stories of active-duty and veteran soldiers and is featured on Harley’s website and its YouTube channel. Recently, the story of Troy Torgerson, a veteran in the U.S. Army, was told in the video shown below.
As part of its 110th anniversary celebration, Harley-Davidson has been following and documenting the travels of a black leather jacket, dubbed “the Freedom Jacket”, as it travels the globe. Much like the torch relay during the Olympics games, on each leg of the global journey a different person wears the jacket and leads a convoy of Harley riders on the road.
So far the freedom jacket has been worn by people with incredible stories, like Karla (of Merida, Mexico) who rides her Harley to help her cope with her stomach cancer, or Heath (of Clarksville, Tennessee), an Army veteran who lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq. Although they all have different stories, they all seem to share the sentiment that their Harley provides them with a sense of personal freedom.
The Freedom jacket’s tour continues until August 2013, concluding in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Harley-Davidson is headquartered. To keep up with the Freedom jacket’s adventures, visit 110.harley-davidson.com/en_US/jacket, a blog dedicated to its journey. In the meantime, watch this video of the Freedom jacket’s leg in Orlando, Florida.
After a long wait, 42 days to be exact, we’re finally back with the second installment of our Best of Instagram series! Last year, we created this series to showcase incredible user-generated motorcycling photos posted on the online photo-sharing site, Instagram.
Today, we’re featuring six user-generated Harley photos we found on Instagram. From the shot of a safely stashed beer can to that of a biker’s point-of-view (while riding), these photos capture the everyday joys of #HarleyLife.
Dream Machine of Austin’s Best of Instagram series showcases user-generated motorcycling photos found by, and/or sent to, us. If you have taken motorcycle related photos you’d like to be featured in our series, send us a message on Facebook with a photo attachment or link to your photo. Credit is given to all creators of the photos featured.
If you own a beautiful Harley-Davidson motorcycle, it’s only natural to feel the urge to make a grand entrance where you know lots of people will be watching. It’s a Harley, who wouldn’t want to? But as with lots things in life, what you envision in your mind doesn’t always pan out in real life.
Here’s a cautionary video for all who find the urge to showoff on their rides irresistible:
If you absolutely must have a “look at me” moment, take the safety of yourself, others and your precious Harley into consideration and practice in an isolated area. Otherwise, you too may suffer an embarrassing Harley Fail.