Winterizing your Harley Davidson Part Two

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson should have been done before the snow started to fall, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have gotten a few tips about winterizing your Harley Davidson. However, with six more weeks of winter on the horizon, there is still plenty of time to get your bike in good shape before the spring thaw.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Clean-Sand, dirt and road salt will corrode and damage the metal surfaces on your bike, especially if you store your Harley Davidson for five or six months. Clean your bike before you put her to bed for the winter.

Lubricate-Lubricate the chain, cables and any other moving parts with a metal protector on both the drive train and the frame as this will help prevent rust on exposed areas that are scratched or pitted. However, as Jim would like to reiterate, NEVER use WD-40 on your bike, never, ever, ever…

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Check the Tires-Be sure that your tires are inflated properly before winterizing your Harley Davidson. If you own a compressor, deflate first to get rid of moisture before inflating with clean air. You should also do this before you take your first ride this spring.

If possible, Travels with Harley recommends that you elevate your Harley Davidson when you are winterizing during the winter to keep the tires from being under load. This is extremely important if you store your bike in below freezing conditions. Make sure it is secure as both bottle jacks and motorcycle lifts can fail if left to sit for too long.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Cover Your Bike-Even if you are storing your Harley Davidson indoors, it still needs to be covered with a motorcycle cover that is allowed to breath. Don’t use plastic, as you do not want moisture trapped between the metal surfaces on your bike and the plastic. If you are storing your Harley Davidson in a barn or someplace that isn’t protected, you want to make sure that you keep it safe from rodents or any other creature that may decide to make your storage shed or outdoor building home for the winter.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson can go a long way when it comes to protecting your investment, especially if you want to have a bike to ride this spring.

In the next Travels with Harley Blog, we’ll share some great Spring rides to help ride out the rest of winter.

Winterizing Your Harley Davidson For Storage

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson is important. Although some people who live in warmer states may not need to winterize their bike, these tips can still help keep your Harley, or any other motorcycle, in tiptop shape.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Stabilize your Fuel

If you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, it is important to remember that today’s unleaded fuel has a three to four week shelf life before it starts to deteriorate. Some riders feel that draining the gas tank and the float bowl is all that is required, however, Travels with Harley believes that there is no way to completely get the fuel out of the carburetor jets or the small passages. Jim likes to add fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas before running it for about 15 minutes to stabilize the fuel throughout our Road Kings engine. This helps prevent any residual fuel from oxidizing.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Change the Oil

Once you have warmed your Harley up after stabilizing the fuel, change the oil as contaminants and residual fuel will begin to oxidize after inactivity and storage. Changing the oil when you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, guarantees fresh lubrication when you fire up your bike in the spring. Make sure that you use good quality oil, as it will survive well into the next riding season. Run your Harley for five minutes or so to evenly disburse the oil.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Battery Preparation

It is imperative that you keep lead acid batteries charged throughout the year if you want to prolong the life of the battery. Attach a charger or battery tender that will not overcharge the battery. You can use a trickle charger, but be careful not to run it for more than 30 minutes every day. You can use an appliance timer as well. If you are storing your Harley, remove the battery and keep it in a warm and dry place making sure to keep it charged throughout the off-season.

If you are one of the lucky ones who can ride all year round, enjoy, but for those who can’t, Travels with Harley will share some additional winterizing your Harley Davidson tips.

Travels with Harley Winter Motorcycle Rides

winter motorcycle rides

Winter motorcycle rides aren’t impossible, especially if you are one of the lucky ones that live in Arizona or California, and although this winter the entire country seems to be getting its fair share of rain and snow, there are some winter motorcycle rides that you can enjoy.

winter motorcycle rides

Bisbee Arizona

This nostalgic border town is well-preserved and looks like a film set out of the Old West. One of the best places to stop for a bite is the High Desert Market and Café located on Tombstone Canyon in Historic Old Bisbee. Enjoy the Mexican Scramble before heading north to Tombstone where you can enjoy a gunfight and some other interesting old west memorabilia.

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Wickenburg Arizona

If you can’t get enough of the old west, you will love Wickenburg. Just northwest of Phoenix, you can enjoy winter motorcycle rides all year round, whether you prefer dirt or paved roads. With so much to do and see in this old western town, don’t miss the Vulture Mine Tour, you may never want to leave.

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Santa Monica Mountains California

With lots of twists and turns, it is rare that you will find better winter motorcycle rides in California than the roads in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. The paved roads are quite narrow so make sure that you check your route for conditions before you head out. Stop at the infamous Rock Store, located on Mulholland Drive, and don’t forget to have a meal at Neptune’s Net on PCH in Malibu. The clam chowder is to die for.

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Las Vegas Nevada to San Diego California

This 333-mile trek is perfect all year round with Las Vegas and San Diego nice and warm regardless of the season. On this trip, you’ll ride through Lake Havasu on to Death Valley before hitting Palm Springs. The straight highway will take you into San Diego where you can enjoy Little Italy or Coronado Island.

Winter motorcycle rides

Angeles Crest Highway

This 66-mile mountain rural ride takes you from La Canada to Highway 2 heading east up to the mountains ending in Wrightwood. A huge chunk of the ride takes you through the mountains just north of the LA basin. This year there is a lot of snow, and although the road is quite new, it is important to check your conditions before you venture out on winter motorcycle rides.

Start Dreaming about Spring Motorcycle Rides

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Spring motorcycle rides are getting closer and if you are tired of spending your weekends curled up in front of the fire, you may want to consider some of these great trips for spring motorcycle rides

spring motorcycle rides

The Pig Trail

The Pig Trail is 19 miles of curves, twisties, and beautiful scenery with waterfalls, the Ozark National Forest, and mountain views. The short trip is perfect for a day or weekend ride and of course, spring motorcycle rides. The Pig Trail is one of the best rides in Arkansas and was used by the Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. Be sure and stop for breakfast at the Farmers Table Café for locally sourced and organic eats.

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The Tunnel of Trees

Located in Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees is one of the most beautiful and scenic spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Unlike mountain tunnels, the Tunnel of Trees covers the road with a beautiful canopy that is stunning during fall and spring. You’ll drive through forests and small towns before making your way to the coast. Stop for a bite to eat at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant or have a sandwich at Gurney’s Bottle Shop in Harbor Springs, which is known for their home baked bread and tasty ingredients. Bring some cash, as the bottle shop doesn’t take cards.

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Twisty Road

If you’re looking for long spring motorcycle roads, the Twisty Road is for you. Starting out in Redbluff, CA, the 2-hour 140-mile stretch of Highway 36 is full of twists and turns that take you to Fortuna, CA. There is little to no reception, so make sure you are prepared. The roller coaster ride has some great views through the redwoods, but keep your eyes on the road as cows frequent the Twisty Road as well. Once you get to Fortuna, stop for lunch or dinner at the Eel River Brewing Company for a smoked pulled pork sandwich with a side of Mac and cheese.

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Going to the Sun Road

This 50-mile road trip starts out in St. Mary, MT and takes you through the Glacier National Park. During the spring, you will see some of the most beautiful wildflowers on the planet. The road is steep and curvy with meadows, streams and even mountain goats, elk and deer meeting you at every twist and turn. There are lots of hiking trails and places where you can enjoy a picnic. If you have time, you may want to check out the House of Mystery on Highway 2.

Although winter is in full swing, you can still dream about spring motorcycle rides with Travels with Harley. Enjoy!

Three Spring Motorcycle Rides 2017

spring motorcycle rides

Spring motorcycle rides especially if you plan on more than a day trip, need to be planned out. You need to check your routes, the roads and the amenities before you hit the road. However, with that being said, the first thing you need to do is map out your destination.

spring motorcycle rides

If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that there is nothing more satisfying than spring motorcycle rides. Not only does it offer you an inside look at the adventure before your eyes, but you also get to enjoy the curves and twists that you can only experience on the back of a Harley.

Below are some great spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss in 2017.

spring motorcycle rides

PCH Carmel to Morro Bay-California

If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that I grew up in California, but it wasn’t until I met Jim that I got to experience its beauty on the back of a Road King.

spring motorcycle rides

The Big Sur section of blacktop on Pacific Highway is some of the most majestic in the world. Not only can you drive through the massive redwood forest, but you will also be entertained with enough curves to keep you happy from the beginning to the end. The crashing surf and frequent turnouts make the PCH Carmel to Morro Bay one of the best spring motorcycle rides on the planet.

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Peak to Peak-Colorado

The Peak-to-Peak Highway isn’t even 61 miles long, but the road offers amazing scenery and some sensational curves and twisties. When you begin your crest into Continental Drive, you will be cruising through the center of the Rocky Mountain National Park. With switchbacks amongst the thick forests, you will not believe the palette of colors from the wildflowers. You can hike or have a picnic and don’t forget to take your GoPro, as there are plenty of elk and moose along the ride.

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Beartooth Highway-Wyoming and Montana

This 68-mile stretch of road along Highway 212 has plenty of switchbacks and hairpins. Stay in Red Lodge in Montana before jumping on your Harley for a fantastic roller coaster motorcycle ride through to the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming.

spring motorcycle rides

As you zigzag through the Shoshone and Custer National Forests, you will be met with gorgeous alpine meadows that you will not want to miss. The ride ends in Cooke City, which is the Northern gateway to the Yellowstone National Park. Just make sure that you check before you head out as the Pass is normally closed because of snow from October to May.

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Of course, there are plenty more spring motorcycle rides to enjoy in 2017, and Travels with Harley plans on sharing every single one of them.