Sportster maintenance

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by av8rjim84, May 14, 2011.

  1. av8rjim84

    av8rjim84 Member

    I just recently got my Harley Sportster. She is a 2007 XL1200 Custom, and is a beauty. I love this little bike, but one problem I seem to have is a complete lack of knowledge of maintenance, and she didn't come with the owners manual. The big ones are the following

    What fuel rating is required. (87, 89, 91)
    What oil weight is best to use.
    What tire pressure for front and rear tires (stock)
    How often should the grease points be greased
    Is there any maintenance required of the struts
    How often should I change the fluids, spark plugs, air filter, etc.
    and anything else I may not know enough to ask.

    I know this is asking a lot of you guys, but I really want this bike to last for quite a while, and I know I will mess up somewhere if I don't ask.

    Thanks guys

  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Welcome to The Forum and your first post. The best advice I can give you is get and read your owners manual, all the info you seek is in there. You can also use the search box with key phrases for the info you want. dont have an owners manual check E bay or your local dealer, may also invest in a Factory service manual:s
  3. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

    Yep, service manual or get an owners manual. That way, you will have the schedule and the recomendations.

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

    Jim,, Not perfect BUT something to get you started..

    Don't loosen OR tighten head bolts or any others Once they are torqued as they should be when you got this bike Don't monkey... Finger checks cold are ok....

    About the only Nuts I had to RE-tighten are the exhaust flange nuts... And that was because of the Changed exhaust...

    Good Old "Glider" our Big Guy,,, Posted this a while back,,, I'm sure he had the New Bees in mind.. as you need 150 post?? to down load some of our materials...and find it MIGHT be good for you to get the book you need and on your computer...

    I think it is under 10$ wow that is cheap

    I think it a safe place or we'll have to Tan His Hide..

    Harley Davidson Service Manuals PDF Download

    Good riding..
  5. av8rjim84

    av8rjim84 Member

    Thanks a lot Bubbie. I appreciate you taking the time to enlighten me. Also, thanks for the link, I will be getting that manual as soon as possible.


    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Initial Guidelines in Red...manuals on CD are available for about $9 USD, though the H-D Service manual at $60 is still going to be the best deal as you will save that the first time you do your own service.

    BUBBIE beat me to the punch, but go to the Self Help section for details on how to do all of the above...and the Search tab will help you find related threads just by typing in a couple key words on the subject of interest.
  7. jetwrench

    jetwrench Member

    Good link BUBBIE! downloaded the electrical troubleshooting manual from them for 9.95, they accept paypal. It looks like the pdf is official HD digital tech, and the hyperlinks work. Thanks for posting the link.:small3d028:
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Welcome to the world of Harley Davidson as all your initial questions have been answered by the knowledgeable members who are there helping all
    When other questions come up in your head do not be afraid to ask as 99% of the time one of our members will have the answer

  9. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

    av8rjim84; welcome to the forum & looks like you're off to a good start. Enjoy that sporty - great bike & have fun wrenching.
  10. Webbtron

    Webbtron Banned

    If there are any dealer decals to be seen you can call them with the VIN. Seems without a manual the POwner either paid the Stealer or didn't maintain the bike and since you thought it was a great riding bike I'm betting He/she paid for the upkeep.