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HD service bulletin M-1246 to help new frame decel wobble

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The M1246 bulliten refers to the adjustment of the steering head bearings. Harley issued a service bulletin (M-1246)
Purpose A revised procedure has been identified for adjusting steering head bearings on 2009 Touring model motorcycles. Please note this change is unique to 2009 models only and does not affect earlier model year vehicles. Required Dealer Action Inform service staff of this revised procedure and follow this method when servicing these motorcycles. Replace section 1.21 STEERING HEAD BEARINGS. Place the included pages into all 2009 Touring Models Service Manuals (Part No. 99483-09) that are in use in dealer service departments as well as unsold inventory.
1. See Figure 1-37. Turn handlebar to the right fork stop to access grease fitting at the left side of the steering head. 2. Inject Special Purpose Grease, Part No. 99857-97 until it exits from the top and bottom of the steering head. 1. Raise the motorcycle so the front and rear wheels are lifted the same distance from the floor. 2. Verify that motorcycle is in stock configuration. Remove all non-factory accessories, since they can influence front end swing momentum (and lead to improper adjustment). 3. See Figure 1-38. Turn the front wheel to the left fork stop and then let go. The wheel should swing from side to side, finally stopping in the swing specified in the table shown below. If it stops in the lesser number swing, it should be at or after the straight-forward position. 4. If the clutch cable or main harness appears to be influencing swing momentum, proceed as follows and repeat the previous step: a. Clutch cable: Disconnect clutch cable from hand lever. Release cable from P-clamp, remove from inner fairing, or release from cable clip on instrument nacelle depending on model. See 2.25 CLUTCH CABLE. b. Main harness: Remove the rivet and P-clamp to release main harness from steering head. Secure P-clamp with a new rivet when procedure is complete. NOTE A steering head that is too tight can interfere with the vehicle’s ability to absorb a weave. A steering head that is too loose can interfere with the vehicle’s ability to absorb a wobble. 5. To correct a swing pattern, see 1.21 STEERING HEAD BEARINGS, Adjustment. 1. Disassemble motorcycle as follows: a. FLHR/C: Remove headlamp nacelle. See 2.47 HEADLAMP NACELLE: FLHR/C. b. FLHX, FLHT/C/U: Remove outer fairing and radio or storage box as equipped. See 2.37 UPPER FAIRING AND WINDSHIELD: FLHX, FLHT/C/U and 7.33 ADVANCED AUDIO SYSTEM respectively. c. FLTR: Remove instrument bezel. See 2.42 INSTRUMENT BEZEL: FLTR. 2. See Figure 1-39. Loosen pinch bolts (3) on lower fork bracket.
3. Loosen the fork stem nut (1). 4. See Figure 1-40. Fashion a bearing adjuster tool using a drill rod 1/4 in. (6.4 mm) in diameter and 16 in. (406.4 mm) long. NOTES ● See Figure 1-39. Turning the bearing adjuster nut (2) as little as one notch will make a noticeable difference in the swing pattern. ● Tap forks with a rubber hammer while turning adjuster nut to prevent forks from binding in lower bracket bores. 5. Turn bearing adjuster nut (2) as follows: a. To decrease the number of swings, rotate nut clockwise. b. To increase the number of swings, rotate nut counterclockwise. NOTE Original equipment fork stem nut has a blue dye coating. If a replacement nut is being installed, the replacement nut will not have the blue coating. 6. Tighten stem nut to 70-80 ft-lbs (94.9-108.4 Nm). NOTE Torque of the stem nut will affect the swing pattern. 7. Recheck the swing pattern and adjust as necessary. 8. Tighten pinch bolts to 53-57 ft-lbs (71.9-77.3 Nm). 9. Verify that the fork stem nut is tightened to 70-80 ft-lbs (94.9-108.4 Nm). 10. Recheck the swing pattern and adjust if necessary. 11. Assemble motorcycle as follows: a. FLHR/C: Install headlamp nacelle. See 2.47 HEADLAMP NACELLE: FLHR/C. b. FLHX, FLHT/C/U: Install radio or storage box (as equipped) and outer fairing. See 2.37 UPPER FAIRING AND WINDSHIELD: FLHX, FLHT/C/U and 7.33 ADVANCED AUDIO SYSTEM respectively. c. FLTR: Install instrument bezel. See 2.42 INSTRUMENT BEZEL: FLTR. 12. Install any accessories that were removed during the checking procedure.

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01.25.2013
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Don’t forget to inspect your rubber isolators!

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Rubber mount failure is common but often an oversight during inspection and service. On the 93-2008 Touring Model three are in place, a front motor mount and two rear isolators located in the swingarm. These are what keep us vibration isolated. A failed front motor mount as seen below, (though not often as extreme as these photos) will create added vibration as the motor is now sitting metal to metal. A failed motor mount will also increase instability.

The 2009 & later touring model frame changes include a system now mounted in 4 rubber isolators – the swingarm contains two as they have prior but are now 4 ring isolators as opposed to the three ring pre 09 and two front 4 ring isolators exist. Theses two front isolators are what hold the alignment. Trike owners we have seen these isolators wear/fail in as little as 9-12 thousand miles. Be sure to inspect on a regular basis.

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12.17.2012
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Feedback

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just a quick note to thank you, your product does everything that you claimed it would ,transformed the way my 07 road king classic handles.it handles better than my old 88 fxrs!also would like to express my appreciation to ron for returning my call and helping with tech support. i felt compelled to let you know how happy i am that i actually got a product that does as advertised.

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10.29.2012
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HARLEY RECALL

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Harley-Davidson is Recalling All 2012 and certain 2013 V-Rods

27 10 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 25, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -

Vehicle Make / Model:   Model Year(s):
     H-D / VRSCDX   2012-2013
Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY Report Receipt Date: OCT 18, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V503000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,798
Summary:
 Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling all model year 2012 and certain model year 2013 VRSCDX motorcycles manufactured from June 14, 2011, through August 1, 2012. The license plate bracket assembly’s mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender. This condition may lead to contact with the rear tire which could cause the license plate bracket to rotate, possibly damaging the rear brake line.
Consequence:
 If the license plate bracket contact with the rear brake line remains undetected, it may affect rear brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to injury or death of the rider.
Remedy:
 Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any affected motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, November 5, 2012. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056.
Notes:
 This is Harley-Davidson recall 0148. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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10.18.2012
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Dunlop Tire Specifications

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Please check  the following link to Dunlop for their specs : http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/info-center/care-and-maintenance/

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10.17.2012
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The Importance of Tire Pressure

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Here’s what the Metzeler’s website says regarding tire pressure for their
product:

Tire Pressure

Always inflate tires to the correct pressure as indicated in
the owner’s manual. However Metzeler North America has found the air pressure
suggestions listed below will improve mileage and customer satisfaction
especially if a emphasis is placed on running the air pressure towards the
maximum as stated on the sidewall. Check cold tire pressures frequently. Correct
tire pressure is crucial for safe handling. Over inflation may impair ride
comfort and reduce the contact patch between the tire and driving surface of the
tires. Insufficient air pressure will result in poor handling and cause a
tendency for the motorcycle to “wander”. In addition, improper and insufficient
tire will cause accelerated tire wear,
increased fuel consumption, less control and the possibilities for tire failure
to due an overload/under inflated operating situation.

Recommended Minimum Tire
Pressures (PSI)

Touring/Cruiser

Alpha ME880 (MH, MT, MU tires) Solo / 2 Up / Light2 Up /
Heavy – Front 36 / 40 / 40 – Rear 38 / 40 /40

ME880 Solo / 2 Up / Light2 Up / Heavy – Front 38-40 /
40-42 / 40-42 – Rear 44-46 / 46-48/ 48-50

For bikes with the following rear tire sizes: 170/80-15,
180/70-15, 150/80-16, 160/80-16, 180/60R16, 180/70R16, 200/60R16, 240/50R16,
140/80-17, 160/70-17 D spec, 170/60R17, 210/50R17, 150/70-18, 180/55ZR18,
200/50R18, 210/40R18, 260/40R18, 280/35R18, 300/35R18, 260/35R21.

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08.27.2012
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Sturgis 2012

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Well, we survived another Sturgis event. Again thank you to those that drop by the booth and give us your feedback – it really keeps us going - it brings a smile to our face daily! This year we added the install of the Dyna units for a labor charge of $40 bucks and will continue to do so at future shows with staff and time permitting. We also installed the new V-Rod True-Track and the early 20-10 model! Thanks for the patience of those that took advantage of this new service. We look forward to Street Vibrations just around the corner. Stop by and ck us out at Reno HD vendor lot on Market St. in Reno, NV!!

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12.20.2011
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forum feedback re: competitor product

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Posted by: harley_jeff
On: 12-19-2011 01:26 PM

Had nothing but problems with Sputhe. Stainless hardware on the front galled.
No way would the rear fit. Sputhe refused to help me over the phone. After
spending an entire day I sent the mess back to him and at least received a
partial refund. The guy is stuck in the 70s and doesn’t do credit cards.

Tru-Track bent over backwards to answer my questions. At one point in time, the
guy stayed on the phone and walked me through some of the tricks for the rear
bracket install.

F Sputhe and the horse he rode in on.

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12.01.2011
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A quote from Bert Baker of Baker Drivetrain

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We believe many share Berts sentiment so we decided to post what we feel needs to be reitterated often-

“Lost sight of the American dream? Our forefathers gave birth to the industrial revolution, achieved global manufacturing dominance, and fought 5+ wars last century to propagate the American dream and keep it alive. Does the phrase “Buy American” sound corny to you? If it does then hop on your bicycle and head down to the dollar store or mega retailer to buy some more Chinese shit to further undermine the American manufacturing machine. If “Buy American” means something to you, then please don’t piss away the beautiful gift our forefathers gave us. Buy American and spread the word. OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!”

Bert Baker
BAKER Drivetrain

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True-Track’s V-Rod model

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True-Track has been in the testing phases of it’s newest model the V-Rod, P/N 20-50,  and is proud to submit the following announcement:

To Ron and the team at True-Track,
 
I want to thank all of you for taking your time and knowledge to develope a True-Track for the V-Rod.
I’m pushing 192 horsepower and 121 ft-lb torque and under hard acceleration and decel it rides perfectly straight and feels very solid, even when the wheel is slipping. As you probably heard the traction at Bonneville is far from easy and its presents a lot of challenges. I definetly had a big advantage this year and I’m pleased to report I broke 2 world records with a top speed of 179.278mph!
 
New Records:
Division A Type 1 cls. 11 twin (open bike) 173.893mph
Division B Type 1 cls. 11 twin (partial streemline) 178.084mph
 
Thank you!
 
Johney Cortopassi

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