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What is done in a 1,000 mile service?

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Apr 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Regular maintenance, including a 1,000 mile service, will help keep your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle operating at peak performance.

Harley-Davidson® factory-trained technicians utilize the latest diagnostic tools and Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts in servicing your motorcycle to assure you of the highest-quality workmanship.

HD_Sioux_Falls_14_0038-1While many people think that this recommended service is just about changing the oil on the motorcycle, the technicians will go through quite a bit more to ensure your motorcycle is running properly. While the checklist can vary depending on the type of motorcycle here is the breakdown of what a 1,000 mile service means for a 2020 Softail model:

  1. Check operation of electrical equipment and switches.
  2. Check front tire pressure, inspect tread (1)
  3. Check front wheel spoke torque (if equipped) (2, 3, 4)
  4. Inspect front brake fluid level
  5. Check DOT 4 front brake fluid for moisture (1, 2)
  6. Adjust steering head bearings (2)
  7. Check upper and lower switch housing screw torque (1, 2, 5)
  8. Check clutch lever handlebar clamp screw torque (1, 2, 5)
  9. Check master cylinder handlebar clamp screw torque (1, 2, 5)
  10. Replace engine oil and filter (1, 4)
  11. Clean and inspect oil cooler
  12. Replace primary chaincase lubricant (4)
  13. Replace transmission lubricant (4)
  14. Inspect oil lines and brake system for leaks, contact or abrasion (1, 2)
  15. Inspect fuel lines and fittings for leaks, contact or abrasion (1, 2)
  16. Inspect rear brake fluid level
  17. Check DOT 4 rear brake fluid for moisture (1, 2)
  18. Flush brake and clutch systems and replace DOT 4 hydraulic brake and clutch fluids every two years or sooner if moisture content is 3% or greater (2)
  19. Inspect brake pads and discs for wear
  20. Check front axle torque (1, 2, 5)
  21. Inspect and lubricate jiffy stand (2, 4)
  22. Check clutch adjustment (2, 4)
  23. Check, adjust and lubricate brake and clutch controls
  24. Check rear wheel spoke torque (if equipped) (2, 3, 4)
  25. Check rear tire pressure, inspect tread (1)
  26. Check rear fork spacer bolt torque (1, 2, 5)
  27. Inspect drive belt and sprockets, adjust belt (2)
  28. Check rear axle nut torque (1, 2, 5)
  29. Inspect exhaust systems for leaks, cracks and loose or missing fasteners or exhaust shields (1, 4)
  30. Check battery, terminal torque and clean connections annually (1)
  31. Replace spark plugs every two years or every 30,000 mi (48,000 km), whichever comes first
  32. Road test to verify component and system functions



  1. Perform annually or at specified intervals, whichever comes first.
  2. Should be performed by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer, unless you have the proper tools, service data and are mechanically qualified.
  3. Perform spoke tension check at the 1,000 mi (1,6000 km), 5,000 mi (8,000 km), 20,000 mi (32,000 km) services and every 15,000 mi (24,000 km) interval thereafter. Not all vehicles are equipped with spoke wheels. Consult appropriate topic in service manual.
  4. Perform maintenance more frequently in severe conditions (such as extreme temperatures, dusty environments, mountainous or rough roads, long storage conditions, short runs, heavy stop/go traffic or poor fuel quality).
  5. For torque instructions, see Shop Practices in the service manual.
  6. Disassemble, lubricate and inspect every 30,000 mi (48,000 km).

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Making sure your motorcycle is running in prime condition is crucial to safe riding and protecting your investment. Know that by choosing a Factory Trained Harley-Davidson Technician for even routine service intervals, regular brake service, H-D Batteries, tire changes, and detailing means that they will check the overall running capabilities of your motorcycle - not just the basic "motorcycle oil change" you think you need. It's about noticing areas to pay attention to before troubles occur.

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