Purchasing a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

How old do I have to be to buy a Harley-Davidson?

You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.

How do I choose my first Harley?

There are a few things to consider when choosing your Harley-Davidson, such as personal fit, function, style, and performance. Over the years, we’ve found that most people ride off on a different bike than they were initially interested in, so it’s important to try multiple bikes to find the one for you! Our Fitment Specialists are trained to help you find the perfect Harley-Davidson that will fit your wants, needs, and desires.

Are all Harley-Davidsons black?

No! Harley-Davidson motorcycles come in all different types of colors, depending on the model, from Mysterious Red to Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake (for those who like shiny things.)

How do I buy a Harley-Davidson?

The first step we recommend is meeting with a Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne Fitment Specialist (FIT). Our FITs will help you find the perfect Harley! However, most people end up on a different bike than they were initially interested in, so we highly recommend taking a no obligation demo ride! This will help you get a feel for how you fit on your new Harley and how it handles and maneuvers. Next, it’s time to meet with one of our Motorcycle Managers to see how affordable your new Harley can be! Whether it’s your first Harley-Davidson or your 100th, we know that buying a new bike is a big deal. We’re here to make the experience as fun and easy as possible. Let's Get Started - Request a Quote!

How much is a Harley-Davidson?

Harley-Davidson makes several different models at various price points. The cost of a Harley can be anywhere from $6,500 (Street models) to $42,000 (CVO models.) Request A Quote.

Can I finance a Harley-Davidson?

Yes! To get you financed on the ride of your dreams we work with several different lenders, including Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS). Want to get started? Click Here!

How do I finance a Harley-Davidson?

There are a couple different ways to get financed on a Harley-Davidson.

* One, swing by Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne and speak with one of our Motorcycle Managers.

* Two, go online to our online credit application and someone will reach out to you soon!

Can I buy a motorcycle if I don’t have perfect credit?

It’s possible. Our award winning finance department has built up great relationships with HDFS and our other lenders. Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne is also one of the only dealers to offer the CAP program which helps people with less than average credit get approved. Our finance team will work hard to help get you on the Harley-Davidson of your dreams!

Does Harley-Davidson have its own insurance?

Yes! Harley-Davidson offers insurance. Get a quote here or ask a Finance Specialist for more details!

Does Harley-Davidson offer a warranty?

Yes! With one of the best warranties in the industry, Harley offers a 2-year unlimited mile warranty on all new bikes.

Can I buy an extended warranty or get a warranty on a used bike?

Yes! Harley-Davidson offers what we call an Extended Service Plan which can be purchased on new and used motorcycles 10 years old and newer and can be valid for up to 84 months. Harley also offers wheel/tire and appearance protection as well. Talk to a Finance Specialist for more info on how to protect your investment!


Trading in a Motorcycle

Does Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne take trade ins?

Of course! We love trade ins, and we give top dollar on trades.  We’ve taken motorcycles, cars, boats, RVs, and more as trade ins. You can bring your trade in and meet with one of our Motorcycle Managers for an appraisal, or get an estimate in under 60 seconds here!

How do I get my best deal on my trade?

We give top dollar for trades, but of course, there are factors that can affect the trade value. Mileage, Year, Make, Model, Service History, and the condition can all change the trade in value.


Service/ Motorcycle Maintenance

How many miles will a Harley-Davidson last?

That depends on a few different factors. Keeping up with regularly scheduled service intervals will help keep your Harley on the road for years to come. We’ve seen bikes with over 100,000 miles come through our service department! Take care of your ride, and you’ll have many miles of happy riding!

What are the service intervals on a Harley-Davidson?

New Harley-Davidson Motorcycles will have a recommended service at 1,000 miles and every 5,000 after that. Some models such as Springers and V-Rods may require additional service intervals.

Where can I have my Harley-Davidson serviced?

Harley-Davidson recommends taking your bike to an Authorized Harley-Davidson Service Center. If you’re here in Indiana, Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne can take care of all your service needs. If you’re traveling, you have one of the largest dealer networks in the industry to take care of you and your ride. Click here to schedule a service!

How do I maintain my Harley?

The most important step in maintaining your bike is by making sure you have your bike serviced regularly (every 5,000 miles.) Be sure to always check the air pressure in the tires, check the oil and have it changed regularly, check all other fluids in the bike and replace them when needed and have your brakes serviced every 2 years. It is also important to keep your bike clean and protected from harmful elements!

Do you rotate your tires on a Harley?

No, motorcycle tires cannot be rotated.

How often do tires need to be changed?

This will depend on riding characteristics and road conditions. You can generally get 9,000 – 12,000 miles per rear tire and 16,000 – 20,000 miles on the front tire. These tires are considered soft tires and are prone to drying out over time. It is recommended to have your tires replaced every 3 years. Keep track of the date code on each tire.

How often do I need to change the oil?

It is recommended that you change the oil every 2,500 miles for conventional oil and 5,000 miles for synthetic oil.

How long does a battery last?

Normal battery life is about 3 – 5 years. Using a battery tender promotes longer battery life, often times lasting 5-10 riding seasons.

What should I do with my motorcycle in the winter?

Ride it! If you don’t want to ride in the elements, we recommend you store your bike in a dry, climate controlled space. Be sure to do the following: add fuel stabilizer to your tank, fill up your brake fluid, clutch and coolant fluid reservoirs, change the oil and filter plug, ensure your battery’s charge by using a battery tender, fill the air in your tires and spin the wheels once a week, and cover your bike to keep it from getting dirty.


Parts & Accessories

How can I customize my bike?

There are four ways your Harley-Davidson can be customized: by fit, function, style, and performance. The fit can be altered to keep you comfortable on the motorcycle. (i.e. having the bike raised or lowered; swapping out the handlebars for a better reach.) Function can be customized based on your riding style. Will you be riding only around town or taking the bike on long trips (i.e. storage and luggage options.) More into performance? (Exhaust, Engine Work, Etc.) The style can be customized based on your personal vision. Want your Harley Blacked out? Chromed out? Custom Paint? We can do that! You can meet with one of our customization specialists to build your dream bike!

Is there a product warranty for parts?

Yes, there is a 1-year warranty on Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories products. Most aftermarket products have a warranty of 90 days. Your Harley-Davidson parts and accessories may qualify for H-D Custom Coverage.

What is HD Custom Coverage?

With HD Custom Coverage, any Genuine Harley-Davidson part bought and installed by Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne within 60 days of your new Harley purchase can be included in your 2-year factory warranty.

How do I keep my bike clean?

Never power wash the bike! Use soft soaps and make sure the bike is fully cooled off before washing. Use only manufacturer approved cleaning products. Harley-Davidson has a full line of cleaning products, including waxing and polishing items to keep the bike shiny and protected. Bug Slide products work great to keep bugs from sticking to the bike. Check with the Parts Department for more cleaning tips and products.


Riding Gear

What protective apparel do I need to ride a motorcycle?

We recommend a riding jacket, helmet, boots, gloves and protective eyewear. There is a wide variety of protective gear, including different styles and functionality. All riding gear has different features and benefits depending on what conditions the protective gear is made for (i.e. weather) and the price points. Our MotorClothes Specialists can help you find the gear you need for your personal fit.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

It is not required in the state of Indiana to wear a helmet if you are over the age of 18. Every state has a different helmet law. If you are not in Kentucky or plan to ride through a different state, check that state’s helmet laws here. You should note that Indiana does require riders to wear eye protection when operating a Motorcycle on public roadways.

How often should I get a new helmet?

It is recommended that you get a new helmet every five years as the liner inside the helmet breaks down over time making the helmet less effective. It is also recommended to replace your helmet if it is accidentally dropped as this can cause the helmet to crack, even sometimes in places you cannot see.


Miscellaneous Questions

How do I meet other riders?

We recommend you try out a Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter. Here at Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne, we have the 3 Rivers H.O.G. Chapter. With over 100 members and rides almost every weekend, you'll be sure to meet a great bunch of friends to ride with. Besides joining a H.O.G. Chapter, you can attend rides and events that take place at various locations in your city such as dealerships, bars, etc. Many cities have social media pages for riders who can share locations for meetups and other rides and events, or you can stop by a dealership and make friends during your visit! At Harley-Davidson Of Fort Wayne, we have events every weekend throughout the year! In the world of Harley-Davidson...there are no strangers, just friends you haven't met yet.

What kind of activities do motorcyclists participate in?

Riders ride, of course. But you can also find them taking part in charity events, bike nights, poker runs and more. You can check out Harley-Davidson.com, our Event Calendar, or social media pages for local events!

I'm riding again after a long absence. What should I do?

Take it slow and treat the experience as you would if you were a new rider again. Maybe take a motorcycle safety course to brush up on safety and motorcycle maneuvering skills. Also, be sure you have the proper safety gear.

What do I do when it rains?

Be prepared, this will happen to you! Purchase rain gear to help keep you dry and visible while in the rain. If it rains too hard, or you do not feel comfortable riding in the rain, pull over and take shelter whether it’s under a bridge or the nearest restaurant.

What do I do if I drop my bike?

The most important thing is to shake yourself off and remember: this happens to everyone. If your Harley-Davidson was running, turn off the engine and ignition and check to make sure no fluids are leaking. Make sure the bike is in gear so that it does not start rolling once it’s upright. Here is a video on the best ways to pick up a fallen motorcycle. Assess your Harley for any damage. If you think your bike needs to be looked at, bring it into your local dealership to check it over.

How do I pack for a motorcycle trip?

First, be sure to check your Harley-Davidson for safety. If your Harley-Davidson has saddlebags or a tour pack, use these to store items you wish to take on your trip! If you do not have these on your bike, you can add a luggage rack to store your luggage bags. Be sure not to overload your bike, and distribute the weight evenly. Harley-Davidson has a full line of luggage and other products to help you travel with ease!

How do I get a IN Motorcycle Endorsement (License)?

The first step to getting your IN motorcycle license is earning your motorcycle instruction permit. In order to do this, you will need to go to your local Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks' office and:

  • Pass the motorcycle written knowledge exam.
  • Everything you need to study can be found in the Indiana Motorcycle Manual—and you can also take a few online practice tests to be ultimately prepared.
  • Complete a vision screening.
  • Provide proof of your:
  • KY residency.
  • Full legal name.
  • Date of birth.
  • SSN.
  • Pay the $12 motorcycle permit fee.

After you've done the above, you'll receive your IN motorcycle permit!

Your permit will be valid for 1 year and can be renewed once. You must hold your motorcycle permit for at least 1 month before applying for your motorcycle license.

To apply for a new Indiana motorcycle license, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:


  • At least 18 years old.


  • Under 18 years old AND already hold a valid IN driver's license. You will need your parent or guardian's consent.
  • Earn a motorcycle instruction permit.


  • Complete a Indiana Motorcycle Safety Education (MSE) rider safety course.


  • Pass the motorcycle road skills exam.
  • Pay the $24 motorcycle licensing fee.
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