Fasteners. Do you take care of them?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by McQueen1963, May 2, 2010.

  1. McQueen1963

    McQueen1963 Active Member

    How do you often take care of the fasteners (critical or not). Have you read the service manual?
  2. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

    I check them every service, and before I go on run I wipe the bike down good and you'll be suprised what you might find loose while going over her with some wax and a towel. I also make a point of checking air pressure in the tires once a month. It's part of our bonding time, just like riding.
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Having previously owned a 75 trumph bonnie it would shake its self to bits
    i remember once doing a constant speed up the motorway and seeing a mirror fall off 2 miles later the other one went
    stopped at the next services and found the engine mount bolts loose
    i quickly got into the habit of regular checking of all parts
    the time spent while having a fag and wandering round the bike checking is never wasted time

  4. Jdsmitty10

    Jdsmitty10 Active Member

    i just checked my exhaust bolts and found that they were a little loose. I guess I should check all the nuts and bolts to make sure nothing else is.
  5. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Critical fasteners need to be checked in the manner and at the intervals specified in the service manual.

    Everything else can be spot checked when you're cleaning the bike. You're pretty much running a sponge or cloth over every inch of the bike anyway so just grab and twist to be sure nothing has come grossly loose.

    Of course, if you don't wash your bike, you'll have to make it a point to do a total bike inspection once a month or so.
  6. rick1062

    rick1062 Active Member

    One more vote for good check out at service time, and routing check before rides, including tire pressure.
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Thats why they call them The Milwaukee vibrator LOL got to do routine checks exhaust nuts seem to be a big problem:)