Popped cherry on 1000 mile maintenance
First off, I'd like to THANK Harley-Davidson stealerships for charging their outrageous prices to do the basic 1000-mile maintenance. I'm a relatively lazy guy and I don't mind spend a little money on service but $400? Puh-lease!
Second, I have to thank everyone hear that has shared their insightful tips and photos on the various threads. There is no mystery to working on these bikes. I did all my basic maintenance on my BMW and the HD was no worse, and in fact even easier on some things.
I probably ended up spending at least $300 as I had to 'gear up' for this since all my tools were metric for the Beemer. But the next time it will only cost me for the fluids and filter.
Anyway, I took my time and went REALLY slow, double checking, re-reading threads, re-watching some videos, and it still only took me a couple hours. Next time it will be probably 45 minutes.
I was not able to grease the steering head bearing because my grease gun nozzle is solid (not flexible) and in the cramped space I could not get the angle needed to make the attachment. So I'll have to get a flexible nozzle and then I should be fine. I'll post back here once that is done.
My only 'panic moment' came when putting the oil filter back on. On my BMW the filter threaded rod is very long and it takes quite a while to thread the filter onto it. So when I put the HD filter on it only took a few turns and started to seat but I thought it was too soon and I was freaking out that I was cross threading the filter so I kept taking it off and trying again. Finally I figured that it's just a really short thread and seats pretty quickly.
So now just a few things left to do - greasing the steering head bearing, check the critical fastener torques, and wash. Yep, that was too easy, and SO not worth the money they charge for it.
2013 Road Glide Custom CVO in Roman Gold/Burnt Emerald, Le Pera Maverick, Vance & Hines Power Duals, SERT, MadStad 13", Kury ISO grips & Scythe mirrors.