Own a Harley Davidson sportster
and you notice the upkeep is taking a lot of work and time lately? Owning any kind of motorcycle means you will be doing repair work often as parts wear down or break. It’s important to remember that before you go on a long trip you want to make sure all the parts are functioning well and if any need to be replaced give yourself plenty of time to make the repairs. However, if everything is in good condition then you can go on your trip and wait until after to start making modifications and repairs.
Remember that not all work done on your sportster has to be repair work. You could be making upgrades to your bike to make longer rides more comfortable. A simple adjustment to ape hanger handlebars can make your bike feel completely different than it will with T-bars so that is something to consider.
Before you make any changes or repairs to your Harley Davidson Sportster here are a few things you should know:
1. Don’t get in over your head: Yes it is tempting to save money and we all love the satisfaction of working on our own motorcycle but that doesn’t mean you should try and do the repair work yourself. If you lack experience or the knowledge needed to complete the work then go to a mechanic. It will save you time and in the long run you will also save money because the job will be done right, the first time.
2. Don’t go local: You have a Harley Davidson mechanic who does great work on sportsters and they have the time to work on yours. That’s great but now you are faced with the problem of having to pay for all the replacement sportster parts you are going to need. This could be ape hanger handlebars
, a new fender, new wheels or anything else. If you go to the local shop or leave it to your mechanic to make the orders don’t be surprised when they cost more than you expected. The only way to save on Harley Davidson sportster parts is to buy online.
3. Never get used parts: It will be suggested to you that you get used Harley sportster parts because they are almost just as good as new ones and they cost less. This is true in some ways because a pair of used ape hangers or wheels that are in great condition are a better deal than new ones. However, how do you know they are in great condition? You can’t tell if something is slightly bent or dinged up just from looking at it. In many cases you can’t even tell when you install them. The only way you know is after a few rides when the used parts you bought aren’t feeling the way you expected them to. By then you cannot return them for a refund and they are not under warranty so you are literally stuck with them.
If you have the knowledge and time to make repairs to your sportster and replace the parts on it then that’s great. If you don’t there is nothing wrong with going to a mechanic to get the job done but that still doesn’t mean you have to pay top price for custom parts. Go online and get a much better deal on what you need.