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1986-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster Routine Maintenance FAQ

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Modern motorcycles need less maintenance than the bikes of 50 years ago, but they still need pre-ride inspections, fluid changes, and periodic adjustments. You no longer need to do a tune-up every three months or change the oil every 1,500 miles, but regular service and check-ups are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity, not to mention your own safety. What follows is our quick reference guide for the modern 1986-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH883, XL883R, XLH1100, XL/XLH1200, taken directly from Clymer manual M429-5.

All of these are recommended routine maintenance tasks you can do yourself at home for practically no money, as long as you have a few simple tools and the time to invest.… Read the rest