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  • Illegal Motorcycle Performance Mods

    Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    We all know that half the fun of owning a motorcycle is deciding on a style that matches who you are. With dozens of makes on the market, it can be exciting to purchase a bike that stands out from the rest, as practically all motorcycle components are customizable. That being said, regardless of your intention, motorcycle modifications must always be performed within reason...

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  • Weird & Crazy Motorcycles That Exist

    Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Motorcycles have the incredible ability to catch our eye. For well over 100 years, these vehicles have taken on different builds and features that fans know and love. From tires, engines and handlebars, to sizes, colors and more, finding your perfect ride is an experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget- your favorite team of sales specialists at Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson can help you out by finding the perfect Harley for you...

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  • Motorcycle Lane Splitting: What Is It & Should You Do It?

    Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    We’ve all been there before. You’re running late on your morning commute only to encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway. While others sit in line with cars, trucks and SUVs, you’re riding on a sleek Harley-Davidson.

    You’re faced with a complicated decision each day when you head out on the open road. Will you lane split on your motorcycle or share the same space as traditional vehicles...

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  • Ride for Life

    Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Imagine living every day in pain. On top of that, imagine having to struggle to perform even basic activities of daily living, such as dressing or feeding yourself. Now, combine those thoughts with the notion of having to fight for every breath you take.

    What we shared above, and what most of us take for granted, describes the daily lives of too many people who reside in your very own neighborhood as well as individuals located around the world.

    Men, women, and children across the globe suffer from muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases that make living a “normal” life challenging, if not impossible. Even though these people suffer daily, things may get even worse as time passes and their affliction continues to nip away at their independence and self-sufficiency.

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  • Do Motorcycle Helmets Expire?

    Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    While we may search high and low for the best helmet fitment, no motorcycle helmet will last the test of time. Surprisingly, an accident or emergency is not the only factor that will influence your helmet’s lifetime. When considering how helmets work, it makes perfect sense that materials break down over time and use.

    Motorcycle Helmets Expiration

    Although helmets are drastically different than perishable foods, they expire based on use and existence. To make things simple, let’s take a look at the main sections of your average motorcycle helmet:

    • Comfort liner: The comfort liner hugs your head and makes contact with your skin. You usually have several options to suit the best fit for your head shape.
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  • Fitting A Motorcycle Helmet

    Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    What could possibly be more important than having fun while you ride your Harley-Davidson motorcycle? Remembering that safety should always come first. You might be an experienced rider, but ensuring you’re covered with the right protective gear keeps you on the open road.

    If you currently wear a motorcycle helmet, when was the last time you checked that it fit properly? It’s simple to find the right fit or replacement if it has been a few years since your last helmet purchase. If you are just starting out with Harley-Davidson bikes, knowing what it takes to find the best helmet fit is a skill...

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  • Biker Dating Websites – Find Your Passenger!

    Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    What’s your ideal match when it comes to a life partner? We’re sure it’s someone who understands your true love for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Don’t you want to love someone more than you love your bike?

    Biker dating sites are a quick way to find others who share a common interest in life’s journey on the open road. After all, a bike isn’t just a mode of transportation. A Harley-Davidson is a lifestyle.

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  • Female Motorcycle Clubs

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    The number of female motorcycle owners out there is on the rise! Over the past 10 years or so, women motorcyclists have come to represent almost one in five individuals who own a motorcycle. If you’re a female motorcyclist, you might sometimes feel like you take part in a male-dominated hobby — but there are more women out there like you than you may realize!

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  • Motorcycle Safety Courses in Pennsylvania

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you’re a beginner or have been riding for many years, taking a motorcycle safety course can give you great benefits. When you’re first starting out, you can register for a safety course after obtaining your permit and later take the skills test to earn your license. But even if you consider yourself an expert rider, taking one of these courses can help you brush up on your skills and learn some higher level techniques for staying safe out on the road. Also, your insurance may even cut you a break for attending a class!

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  • May Is Women Riders Month

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Recent years have seen more and more women motorcyclists. Female riders have been enjoying this hobby since the 1920s, but they’ve become more and more common in the past 10 years or so. During the month of May, it’s time to celebrate women riders!

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  • Buying a Motorcycle Helmet

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Not every state in the country requires motorcyclists to wear helmets by law, but they’re a vital part of your safety in case you get into an accident. You could be an expert rider with years of experience — but since a motorcyclist’s main concern out on the road is other drivers, accidents are often not the fault of the motorcyclist.

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  • Motorcycle Helmet Safety

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Depending on the state you’re in, you may not be required by law to wear a helmet when you’re out on your bike. Even where it’s not required, every rider should wear a helmet when they go out. The biggest concern to motorcyclists on the road is other drivers, and a helmet can help keep you safe.

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  • Getting a PA Motorcycle License

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    If you’re ready to get into motorcycling officially in the state of Pennsylvania, the first thing you need to do is get your PA motorcycle license. Even before you buy your motorcycle and other gear, learning and mastering the basics is crucial.

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  • Battle of the Kings Biker Build Off – Interview with Scott Boughter

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson is proud to partner up with local Dauphin County Vo-Tech student, Scott Boughter, for the Battle of the Kings, Harley Biker Build Off. Scott is a local student selected to customize a 2019 Forty-Eight Special and take it to a whole, new level.

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  • Odd Motorcycle Laws in Existence

    Friday, March 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    From trivia nights to reading up on some history, we’ve all come across outdated, silly and just plain strange laws at the national, state and local levels. Whether these laws are even still enforced or not, learning about some of them that are still on the books is fun.

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  • The Best Detailing Products for Your Motorcycle

    Friday, March 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you’re out on the road and on your bike, you can forget your worries and enjoy the experience of being out on the open road. We don’t get as many opportunities to just get out on the road on a joy ride without a specific destination in mind, but our bikes are a reason to do just that.

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  • How to Detail a Motorcycle

    Friday, March 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you like to do it after every ride or do it every once in a while, detailing your motorcycle can give your bike some great benefits. Besides looking its best, detailing your motorcycle can help reveal any issues with the bike before they become too serious.

     

     

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  • Street Legal Motorcycle Modifications

    Friday, February 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    A lot of riders like to remain on the cutting edge when personalizing their motorcycles, but that often leads to installing illegal mods and getting their bikes taken away.

    Plenty of appropriate street-legal motorcycle modifications for Harley-Davidsons will improve your overall experience — here are 10 examples.

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  • What to Check After You Drop Your Motorcycle

    Friday, February 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    It’s happened to the best of us at some point or another.

    Your motorcycle has taken a hard fall due to some unfortunate event, and now you’re worried about potential issues like an anxious parent awaiting their children’s test results. Whether it was a moderate-to-high-speed crash or a bumble in the parking lot, here is a dropped motorcycle checklist to run through.

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  • 10 Tips for Avoiding Motorcycle Tip-Overs

    Friday, February 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Motorcycles unlock a child-like wonder in many of us thanks to the freedom and excitement they generate.

    However, they can also conjure childhood memories of you falling off your first bike — repeatedly. It might’ve been a fairly inconsequential mistake back then, but a motorcycle tip over is dangerous and frustrating. If you’re new to riding, here are 10 pieces of advice to help you avoid dumping your motorcycle.

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  • Buying The Best Motorcycle Tires & How To Read Tire Sizing

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Buying Motorcycle Tires

    Your Harley is a complex machine that has many systems and parts working together. When something isn’t working the way it should, you won’t have as good of a ride. Your tires are a key part of your bike. They take the most stress from tough roads, inclement weather and more. Motorcycle tires can last a long time, but it’s important to replace them when necessary. Here’s what you need to know to buy the right motorcycle tires for your bike...

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  • Knowing When It’s Time To Replace Your Tires

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Photo of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tire

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re just getting into motorcycles or you’ve been riding for many years — understanding your motorcycle is key to your safety and your motorcycle’s safety.

    A motorcycle is a complex machine with many different parts working together to give you that experience of freedom and lightheartedness that keeps you riding. Your motorcycle’s tires are one of those parts, and they need the proper care to ensure...

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  • Best Techniques for Lifting a Fallen Motorcycle

    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you’re a pro with years of riding experience or are still on the road to confidence on your new bike, it’s important to know what to do if your motorcycle tips over.

    No matter what type of Harley you have, you’re using a very heavy machine! If your bike tips over, you obviously need to get it upright again to get back out on the road. Harley Davidson motorcycles can weigh anywhere between 500 pounds to over 900 pounds. Deadlifting this much weight may seem like an impossible task, but you can do it by using the right techniques. Read on to learn how to lift a motorcycle off the ground.

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  • Motorcycle Safety Tips: Mounting & Dismounting with a Passenger

    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    We care about our fellow riders and customers like we do our family. Our HOG Chapter Safety Director often shares safety tips to ensure our friends and family are safe out on the road. This month, we focus on the best and proper ways to mount and dismount a motorcycle when a passenger is accompanying you. Whether your passenger is a first-time motorcycle rider or a seasoned rider, read below for some best practice tips for getting on and off a motorcycle.

    Introduction: We have researched varying methods to accomplish this. The most popular seems to utilize left side mounting and dismounting with bike in vertical position.

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  • Keep Warm With Heated Motorcycle Gear

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    If you’re a really serious rider, you’ll go out in all kinds of conditions that others may try to avoid. Sometimes you can’t help but get caught out in too much wind or rain — but it’s another thing to go out in certain conditions on purpose.

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  • Winter Motorcycle Storage in Harrisburg, PA

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    If you live in Harrisburg, you know that Central PA weather can be a little unpredictable. From higher temperatures in the winter to snowstorms in March, you need to consider these types of factors when you’re deciding how you’ll store your bike in the winter.

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  • Motorcycle Storage & Insurance Coverage

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get while you’re out for a ride on your motorcycle. Whether you’re taking a quick trip to pick up a few things from the grocery store or taking a multi-day road trip, nothing beats the feeling of being out on your bike.

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  • Tips for Riding a Trike Motorcycle

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you’re new to motorcycling and are thinking of buying a trike or have been riding for decades and want to switch to a three-wheel motorcycle, you need to learn how riding a trike differs from a two-wheel bike. While you’ll still get that feeling of freedom and adventure while you ride your trike, it handles differently from other two-wheeled bikes and should be treated as such.

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  • Motorcycle Hand Numbness – Guide For Prevention & Help

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    No matter what type of bike you have, you can feel the machine working. Even if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before, you can feel the rumble as they drive by! Whether you’re out on a short outing or a multi-day trip, riding can take its toll on your body. One thing that you face as a motorcyclist is irritation and even numbness in your hands and wrists.

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  • Heavy Motorcycle Riding Tips

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    For new riders, and even those who have been riding for years, handling heavy motorcycles can be a challenge. Their bigger and heavier frames might be intimidating, but that shouldn’t stop you from riding one! If your dream motorcycle is on the heavier side, you can learn to handle it like a pro in no time.

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  • Harley-Davidson Engines

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Harley-Davidson’s series of Big Twin engines began production back in the 1910s, and each iteration has served to increase the brand’s visibility and diversity. The motor serves as the heart of any bike, and riders of all kinds value various models based on a range of different characteristics. Some people fall in love with an engine’s look, while some prefer increased efficiency. Others simply want a loud, distinct roar that puts everyone else on alert.

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  • Famous Harley-Davidson Riders

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Harley-Davidson has established itself as arguably the most iconic motorcycle brand in the world, as many riders all over the globe love the various models that we create.

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  • The Best Oil for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    If the engine is the heart, the oil is the lifeblood of most vehicles, and that’s especially true of motorcycles.

    Motors utilize a mind-blowing number of parts, which all must work in unison to remain functioning at a high level. Oil keeps all of them moving smoothly, as the lubrication prevents grinding, corrosion and complete failure.

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  • Sport Bike Rider Motorcycle Confessions, Part 3 – The Breakout

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

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  • How To Winterize Your Motorcycle

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    As fun as it would be to ride all year ’round, motorcycles are best left under the protection of a garage or other overhead covering during wintertime.

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  • Harley Footpegs

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Handlebars often eat up a lot of the focus when discussing motorcycle control and customization, but creating a comfortable setup for your feet can be just as important.

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  • Harley Handlebars

    Monday, October 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    While stock handlebars provide secure handling and a fine look, you can still shape the helm of your motorcycle to meet your preferences.

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  • Motorcycle Road Trip Songs — The Ultimate List

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Taking a road trip on your bike is the ultimate motorcyclist experience. Riding down some classic roads, seeing new things and taking in some great sights are what you live for. There’s nothing that comes close to that experience.

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  • 10 Tips For Riding Your New Motorcycle Home From The Dealership

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling of taking home your first motorcycle. Even if you’ve been riding for a while, nothing beats getting a new bike.

    Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, you need to be ca

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  • Tips And Advice For Buying A Motorcycle — What You Need To Know

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you’re buying a new motorcycle, whether it’s your first bike or not, there are some important things to keep in mind. Even if you’ve owned a bike for years, it can be a little overwhelming to pick out your new bike. You have to determine your budget, choose whether you’re going for a used or new bike, and much more.

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  • Group Motorcycle Riding Tips

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you own a Harley, you quickly learn that you’re part of a family. You’ll meet other riders and may form a riding group. Riding in a group is a great experience but has its own challenges compared to riding on your own. Here are our ten best tips for group motorcycle riding.

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  • Best Harley Riding Hacks

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    After you’ve become a more confident rider, you’ll probably have to improvise to solve a problem at some point. Lots of riders find that their little tricks are just as effective as more expensive tools and accessories.

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  • Warm Weather Riding Tips

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Imagine your perfect riding day. It’s probably sunny, no chance of rain, a light breeze and a moderate temperature. While we wish every time we ride could be like this, sometimes we go out in less than ideal weather.

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  • New Motorcycle Rider Tips

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you start any new hobby, you have to get past a learning curve. This is true for motorcycling. But unlike other hobbies, learning to ride a motorcycle can be pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

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  • Pennsylvania Motorcycle Associations

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you’re just starting to learn how to ride or have owned your Harley for years, you may be considering joining a motorcycle riding group.

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  • Long-Distance Motorcycle Riding Tips

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    There’s nothing quite like a motorcycle ride, whether it’s just across town or across the country. If you’re taking the trip with friends, it’s a great way to strengthen those friendships and see some new sights at the same time.

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  • Sport Bike Rider Motorcycle Confessions, Part 2 – Sweet As Road Glide “Kandy”

    Sunday, July 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

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  • Motorcycle Safety Tips

    Sunday, July 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Nothing beats the feeling of riding your Harley. When you’re out on your bike, you enjoy the ride and the scenery around you. But at the same time, you can never forget about safety.

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  • Sport Bike Rider Motorcycle Confessions, Part 1 – Fat Bob

    Sunday, July 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    All of the bikes that I have ever owned have had a name. Of course, they have the name that they came with from the factory but I have always felt that it’s important to give them a name myself as soon as I get them home and in to the garage

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  • The Most Popular Harleys

    Friday, June 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you think “motorcycle,” you can’t help but think about Harley Davidson. Since its founding in 1903, the company has become one of the top-selling motorcycle manufacturers in the world and a very recognizable brand, even to non-motorcyclists. You love Harley Davidson because of everything it represents — freedom, individuality and community.

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  • Popular Harley Motorcycle Paint Colors

    Friday, June 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    When you own a motorcycle, you pay close attention to other people’s bikes. One of your first things you’ll notice is their paint job.

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  • Routine Motorcycle Maintenance Tips

    Friday, June 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    If you really love your motorcycle, you take good care of it. Maintenance and repairs are a big part of that care.

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  • Famous Harley Movies

    Friday, June 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Whether you’re out on your bike or not, you always love seeing a Harley out on the road. Your love of all things Harley may even extend into which movies you see. There are a few quintessential Harley films, but there may be other movies that you didn’t realize had Harleys in them.

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  • Motorcycle Helmet Types

    Friday, June 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Many states, including Pennsylvania, don’t require all riders to wear a helmet. Even though it’s not required, every rider should wear one. Motorcycles are fun and exciting to ride, but they don’t offer much protection in the case of an accident. Wearing protective gear, especially a helmet, is an important way to keep yourself safe.

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  • The History of Harley-Davidson

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    You may be familiar with the brand today, but do you know the story of Harley-Davidson? The company has a rich history of producing quality American motorcycles, but we won’t bore you with every single detail — for the dedicated motorheads, Harley-Davidson USA has a detailed timeline available if you want to read more

     

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  • Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Personalities

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Harley Personalities

    Are people surprised to hear you own a Harley? Are you always teased for seeming over-prepared for your group bike trips? Or, are you the stereotypical biker? Motorcyclists all have unique traits and personalities — your personality type may indicate the Harley model you should own.

    Check out this list of our six most popular bike models, along with a few personality types we believe would feel most at home on that bike...

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  • The Best Places To Cruise In PA

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Photo of the windshield on a Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycle

    Whether you’re a seasoned rider or you just got your first bike, the best feeling comes when it’s time for that first trip of the season. Gearing up, bringing your bike out of the garage after the winter, revving up and cruising out — nothing beats it.

    Maybe you want to try something new this year to make the most of...

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  • Welcome To Our New Blog!

    Monday, March 19, 2018 | Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson Team

    Photo of a man riding a 2018 Harley-Davidson Cruiser

    Welcome to the newest addition to the Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson website… our new Blog! Come along with the Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson team as we share what it’s like to experience Harley-Davidson at our Dealership, our events and throughout the...

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