Winter Motorcycle Care

As we get deeper into the winter season, it’s important to make sure you’re completing all your motorcycle maintenance and care. Otherwise, especially if you’re riding a used Harley Softail in Chicago, your beloved bike might not last as long as you expect it to.

Fortunately, here at Chicago Cycles Motorsports, we’ve been maximizing the quality and longevity of all sorts of motorcycles, including used Harley Softails in Chicago. And we want to pass the knowledge we’ve gained onto you.

Check Coolant Levels and Tire Pressure

Before winter temperatures take a toll on your motorcycle, it’s important to ensure that your antifreeze levels are adequate for the winter. If they’re not, add antifreeze to your coolant system. 

Also, as temps go down, air will condense which leads to decreased tire pressure. Check tire pressure periodically during the winter and keep the tires pumped up.

Ready your Motorcycle for Storage

If you’re going to be storing your bike all winter, it’s important to do some prep work to avoid problems. Before storing your bike, you should:

  • Remove the battery and store it somewhere it will not freeze.
  • Add fuel stabilizer, top off fuel levels, and ride the bike to ensure the stabilizer is distributed throughout the system.
  • Protect exhaust pipes with plastic bags (or similar) and lightly oil muffler ends
  • Lube up any moving parts including cables, forks, chains, etc.
  • Wash, wax, and cover your bike.
  • Protect your tires by elevating the bike if possible.

If you follow all these winter maintenance tips, whether you ride a used Harley Softail in Chicago or anything else, your bike will be good to go when it’s riding season again.

What to Look for in a Used Motorcycle

Buying a used bike can certainly be an overwhelming experience for a first-time buyer. Knowing exactly what to look for, what to ask about, and how to know you’re not buying a lemon is often somewhat of a learning curve. At Chicago Cycles & Motorsports, we work with buyers and sellers, and our background of the motorcycle market makes us highly knowledgeable. If you’re looking to invest in your first used bike, here are some things to look for when purchasing used Harley motorcycles in Chicago.

Overall Appearance of the Bike

Take some time to carefully inspect the bike’s appearance, including the tight spots and the hard-to-reach places where dirt and grime can accumulate. There’s an obvious difference between bikes that have been quickly cleaned for a sale and bikes that are carefully kept in great condition by a true enthusiast. At the end of the day, the importance you place on the overall aesthetics of the bike is up to you, but a clean bike is typically a happy bike.

Brakes

One of the most important parts of the functionality of your motorcycle is obviously the brakes. Without the ability to safely stop your bike, there is no point in making it move. When inspecting your bike, take a moment to sit on it and take it out of gear, allowing it to roll forward. Gently apply the brakes to ensure the brake lever operates smoothly and the brakes do not make any suspicious noises.

Tires

With most used Harley motorcycles in Chicago, smooth and even wear can be expected and is no reason to worry. However, if there is significant wear on certain sections of the tires, it can be indicative of long-distance freeway riding or excessive burnouts. One-sided scuff marks on the front tire indicate an offset wheel. While tires are replaceable, the current tires can tell you a lot about the state of the bike.

Background

There are plenty of physical aspects to investigate about used Harley motorcycles in Chicago, but one of the easiest and most important things to do when looking for your bike is to ask for all the service records and receipts for the bike. The service records and receipts for the bike will inform you of all prior upkeep and can give you some peace of mind when purchasing.

Contact Chicago Cycles & Motorsports

For more information about buying used Harley motorcycles in Chicago, or to view our current inventory, call us or visit our website!

Motorcycle Storage Tips

The cold front has arrived and we know that you are getting ready to store your used Harley Sportster in Chicago—or any other motorcycle you may have. Here are some things to consider as you put your bike in storage and wait for the warmer weather to return.

Fill The Tank

Put some fresh fuel in your tank and then add the right amount of fuel stabilizer to keep your gas from deteriorating. Turn the bike on and let it run for a couple of minutes so the treated fuel has time to cycle through your tank.

Fill Up Fluids

Check all fluid levels—the brake, clutch, and coolant—and replace or refill whatever is necessary. Consider inspecting the bike’s antifreeze as well to prevent the engine from freezing during the winter.

Clean Oil

Your engine’s oil can become dirty over time, so make sure you avoid corrosion by changing the oil and filter before you begin riding again in the spring.

Conserve Battery

If you notice your battery drains quicker than usual, make sure you get a maintenance check for your bike before you store it. For the wintertime, consider removing the battery completely and trickle charging it all season. Another option is to store your bike with a battery that is fully charged, but also keeping up with the charge once a month in the time it is not being used.

The Tires

If you are storing your bike with the tires intact, make sure you fill up your tires to the maximum recommended volume and place the ride on its center stand. Once a week, rotate the front tire to avoid flat spots.

Wash, Dry, Wax

Before you put your bike away for the winter, wash it and then thoroughly dry it. When you are finished drying off your bike, wax the surface to prevent corrosion and other damage. You can also spray your exhaust pipes with WD-40, which helps keep the moisture and rust away while your bike is idle.

Storage Place

Did you know that sunlight can damage your leather and fade paint? If you choose to store your bike in the garage, make sure you park it away from a window and in a cool, dark corner. Cover it with a breathable cover in order to protect it from dust, grime, and moisture.

 

If you are getting ready to store your used Harley Sportster in Chicago or any other motorcycle and have some questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Stay warm this winter!

 

Used Motorcycle Tips

We are excited to offer many different used motorcycles for sale, such as our used Harley Sportster in Chicago. However, if you are in the market for a used bike, make sure you are purchasing one for a fair price and avoid bikes that will need more maintenance than they are worth. Here are some tips to follow when searching for your next motorcycle purchase.

Check The VIN

Check the VIN numbers to make sure that they were not re-stamped. Believe it or not, but Harley-Davidsons have a high theft rate, so make sure you know what re-stamped VIN numbers look like. Make sure you are also buying from a credited company, such as CCM Rides, so you don’t have to worry about buying a faulty bike in the first place.

Examine The Bike Cold

Once a bike cools down from usage, feel the jugs and pipes to make sure that the bike is ice cold. If you try to start the bike and it sounds like rocks in a blender in the first minute, you may have some issues.

Examine The Bike Features

Check if the levers are in good shape, meaning they don’t “curl” or they weren’t reshaped after the bike hit the pavement. Aftermarket lever and pegs are a clue that the motorcycle has once been in a crash. Inquire about this with the seller. Check for other damage such as cracked pol pans, busted fins, or tweaked handlebars. These will all cost money to fix so try to avoid bikes with these issues.

Pop The Seat

Make sure you take the time to look at the wiring and what is hooked up to the battery. Factory connectors are ideal, but if you see things like a GPS, fog lights, or other power leads hanging off the bike, you may have an issue.

Test Ride

Consider taking the bike for a test ride before you decide to go through with the purchase. Safety-check the bike, especially those that have not been ridden for a while.

We look forward to helping you find your next bike, especially our used Harley Sportsters in Chicago. If you have any questions about owning a used bike, don’t hesitate to ask us. Make sure the motorcycle you choose to look into is right for you and you are investing the right care into it. We want you to have a bike that will last you years to come.

The Essential Riding Items

If you’re looking to get one last road trip before the weather cools down, make sure you are fully prepared. However, make sure you are fully prepared for your trip with these essential items. 

 

A Fully Functioning Bike

Think about purchasing a new bike at CCM Rides for your trip. We have used Harleys for sale in Chicago if you want to road trip with a new bike! When figuring out your road trip path, plan, and time frame, you should have a reliable motorcycle to do it all.

 

A Map And GPS Unit

Believe it or not, it’s beneficial to have both of these. Using a satellite navigation system can help you figure out which way to go when you are in unknown territory. Mount your cellphone on your motorcycle to save money and allow your hands to stay on the handlebars. However, if your phone dies or breaks, it’s important to have a backup plan—a map. A waterproof and tear-resistant map will never fail you with its directions and is perfect to have in case of an emergency. It’s also a cool way to see an overview of your trip and pick out some good roads and sites to see. 

 

Earplugs

You must get earplugs to help drown out the sustained high-speed travel noises inside your helmet. Avoid fatigue and pick up a pair of disposable or reusable earplugs to keep your ears from ringing.

 

Flat Repair Kit

If you are riding your motorcycle on bumpy and dirty terrain, it’s possible a tire can be punctured. If you get a flat, your repair kit will get you up and running fairly quickly without having to call in for extra help.

 

Rain Gear

Rain gear—such as waterproof gloves and a jacket—is an amazing thing to have, even if you think you won’t need it. It doesn’t take up too much space and you’ll be glad you have it in case the weather takes a wet turn. 

 

Power Bank

Avoid dead batteries and bring a few power banks to keep your phone alive with GPS directions. You may also want to book a hotel room or check out your next destination—all of which require a working phone.

 

Hop on one of our used Harleys for sale in Chicago, and get in that one last road trip before winter settles in. Contact us today to find out what other bikes we have for sale.

Why Choose Chicago Cycles Motorsports?

Why Choose Chicago Cycles Motorsports?

If you’re in the market for a used Harley-Davidson motorcycle, you’ve come to the right place. Chicago Cycles Motorsports is a leading used Harley dealer in Elmhurst. If you want to become a member of the proud Harley-Davidson family, we can give you several reasons why you need to come see us.

Great Selection

You won’t find a better selection of used Harley’s anywhere in the Chicagoland area; we’re confident we have the bike that’s just right for you. Don’t believe us? Well, just follow this link and browse to your heart’s content. Whatever you want in the Harley-Davidson family of bikes, CUSTOM SOFTAIL, ROAD KING, FLHTCU ULTRA, STREET GLIDE, FAT BOB, WIDE GLIDE, or a different model, we’ve got dozens of low-mileage bikes for you to choose from. Come visit our showroom and let us match you with the used Harley that is right for you and your budget.

If you want to check out our inventory before coming in, browse online! Find your bike in our online inventory then email or give us a call and let us show you how easy it is to buy from a reputable used Harley dealer in Elmhurst.

Finance Options

Affording a bike is easy with our financing options. We offer a variety of lending options and are willing to work with you whatever your credit record happens to be. You can apply either in person or online, and we’ll do everything we can to get the right deal for you so that you can walk in and ride out the same day. As we always like to say, we’ll fight for your right to ride and be a member of the Harley-Davidson family.

Outstanding Service

With our knowledge and devotion to both motorcycles and cars, we can service just about any motorized vehicle. And when it comes to Harley-Davidson cycles, we’re equipped to make your motorcycle suitable to you and your tastes, and that includes a great inventory of parts. The reason you own a motorcycle is to ride it, and it only makes sense that we stock the parts needed to keep your bike performing well.

To schedule your service in advance you can email us at ccmsales@ccmrides.com or call us at 708-397-5151.

So there you have it, a great selection, multiple finance options, and outstanding service. That’s a combination hard to beat, and it’s one that makes us the premier used Harley dealer in Elmhurst. Come visit us today to find your Harley-Davidson bike!

How To Find A Used Harley for Sale in Chicago

How To Find A Used Harley for Sale in Chicago

If you’re searching a used Harley for sale in Chicago, you’re probably wondering if you’re doing all the research you should be. It can be a nerve-wracking process, after all. Especially if you’re buying from a private owner rather than a reputable dealer like Chicago Cycle Motorsports. But there’s also no better deal than buying a solid, used bike. So let’s review how to properly research your next used bike.

Research the Seller

If you see an ad for a used Harley for sale in Chicago, do a quick internet search on the seller. With all the places—Yelp, Google, Facebook—that customers can post about their buying experience, you may be able to get an idea of who you’re dealing with. And the seller is really the biggest question mark.

If you feel you can’t rely on the seller for honest information, you might as well choose another bike.

Know the Right Questions to Ask

We wrote another post on the questions you should ask before buying a used bike. Essentially you want to find out about the bike’s history, including service history, and check that it’s currently in working condition.

Check the Title History

You can research title history using any number of motorcycle history reports online. The report will give you recall and complaint information about the type of motorcycle you’re looking to buy. Dealerships should help you with all the necessary paperwork, but if you’re dealing with an individual, be sure to confirm that they have the original title and registration.

Test Drive

Of course, you’ll want to make sure the bike is in good condition, but you should also enjoy riding it. A test drive will quickly show you whether the bike is a good fit for your skill level.

Research Pricing

Kelly Blue Book can be useful to get an idea of the price you should be paying. You should also take a look at recent classifieds for similar bikes.

Still have questions about finding the right used Harley for sale in Chicago? To learn about researching a used bike and more, visit Chicago Cycle Motorsports. While you’re there, you ought to take a look at our stock of used Harleys for sale in Chicago.

We offer flexible financing options and a trusted name to back up your purchase. Contact us today at 708-397-5151, or continue browsing our website to learn more about our services or read more blog posts for more helpful tips.