One of the best things that you can do to improve the overall performance and longevity of your Harley Davidson Touring
is to change the oil in it regularly and according to schedule. The oil
in a Touring should be changed out about every 3000 miles or so. You’ll
find that this will help to keep the engine lubricated, which in turn
prevents it from overheating. When the engine overheats, terrible and
irreversible damage can be done before too long. Additionally, changing
the oil in your motorcycle is easy and requires no more than about an
hour of your time at once. It’s faster and cheaper to change the oil at
home as compared with taking the vehicle in to a service station, and
you’ll get to know the inner workings of your Touring as you work as
well.

Step 1 — Gather Your Materials

You’ll need the following tools and materials in order to properly change the oil in your Touring:

  • New oil packages (several quarts)
  • New oil filter
  • Jack stand
  • Oil collection pan
  • New gasket system (optional)
  • Wrench set
  • Newspaper
  • Funnel
  • Towels or paper towels
  • Cardboard piece

Step 2 — Prepare the Touring

Mount the bike up on the jack stand in order to have better access to
the oil container portion. This will help you to drain the oil more
easily and will provide you with better access to the vehicle in general
as you work. Lay out a set of newspapers underneath the area in which
you’ll be working, as this will help to collect any oil that drips out.
Finally, wait until the motorcycle has been turned off for a few hours
before you begin to work; you want the engine to be somewhat warm, but
not too hot.

Step 3 — Drain the Oil

Place your collection pan underneath the oil container. Unscrew the
filler cap at the top of the container to force the oil down to the
base. Then remove the oil drain plug carefully and slowly. As you do,
oil will begin to pour out. Catch it in the pan, and continue to hold
the pan in place until all of the oil has drained out over several
minutes’ time. Then clean up the entire oil container and drain plug
with a set of paper towels. You may find that using a piece of cardboard
is helpful in guiding the oil to the pan.

Step 4 — Change the Filter

Remove the oil filter and examine it closely for signs of corrosion
and damage. You’ll need to use a socket wrench to remove it from the
container. If the filter does appear to be damaged, replace it with a
new one and throw out the old one. Otherwise, reattach the old filter so
you can continue using it. You can do the same with the gasket set as
well, although it’s usually not necessary to change this out as often as
the oil.

Step 5 — Replace the Oil

Close up the drain plug and then place the funnel into the top of the
container. This will help you to pour in the new oil. Pour as many
quarts of new oil into the bike as are recommended by the owner’s
manual. Once the oil has drained completely into the oil container,
close up the container and remove the bike from the jack stand.

Check on the oil levels manually with a dipstick before you turn on
the engine again. You’ll want to be sure that the oil is exactly the
right level before you continue. If you have to make slight adjustments,
do so by adding a little more oil or draining out some of the existing
oil to continue.

All of the materials that you’ll need for changing the oil in your Harley Davidson Touring should be
available at your local hardware store or motorcycle repair shop.