Harley 5,000 Mile Maintenance Checklist

by Jerry Romick

The old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is especially true when it comes to motorcycle maintenance. Servicing your Harley-Davidson according to the manufacturer's recommendations can keep your bike running for years and prevent breakdown while you're on the road.

Harley-Davidson Maintenance Classifications

Harley-Davidson has three classifications for its maintenance. The first is minor, which is done every 2,500 miles. The 5,000-mile service is classified as major. The final classification is chassis service, and Harley-Davidson recommends have it done every 10,000 miles.

The 5,000 Mile Maintenance Overview

Harley-Davidson's recommended 5,000-mile maintenance service consists of changing fluids, replacing or adjusting some parts and lubricating others. Other parts and systems are inspected, and adjusted or replaced as necessary. Once a technician completes the service, the motorcycle is road tested. A full 5,000-mile service can take several hours to perform.

What Is Replaced At 5,000 Miles

Harley-Davidson recommends replacing the engine oil and filter every 5,000 miles. Technicians will inspect, and if needed replace, a number of other parts. These include the brake fluid, pads and discs and spark plugs.

What Is Adjusted At 5,000 Miles

Normal wear causes some parts to stretch or get loose. Some parts are inspected and adjusted or replaced as necessary. Oil, fuel and brake lines are checked for leaks or abrasions. The air cleaner is inspected and serviced as required. Technicians check the entire exhaust system for leaks and cracks. Any loose or missing heat shields are tightened or replaced. Tire pressure and tread levels are checked. If the tread is worn beyond a safe level the technician will recommend replacing the tire(s). If the Harley-Davidson motorcycle is equipped with spoke wheels the spokes are inspected and tightened if needed. The drive belt and sprockets are checked and adjusted as needed. The throttle, brake, and clutch controls and shift lever are inspected, adjusted and lubricated as necessary. All electrical equipment and switches are checked for proper operation.

The Final Road Test

After all systems and parts have been inspected, replaced and adjusted as necessary, the technician will take the motorcycle for a road test. During the road test the technician verifies that all systems are function properly.

About the Author

Jerry Romick has worked in radio and television for more than 30 years, often contributing to radio publications and websites. He is also an avid motorcyclist who has written about motorcycles for sites such as AllAboutBikes and PowerSportsTV. Romick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from West Liberty State College.

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