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Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedule for 2003 - 2009 Ridley Auto-Glide models.


Battery.  Inspect every 2000 miles.  Check for tight cable connections.
The motorcycle battery used by Ridley is a common motorcycle battery available at most battery suppliers. Owners should expect to replace the battery every one to two years. If your motorcycle will not start, do not "jump" the battery with a high capacity jumper box or off of another vehicle.  Doing so can cause serious damage to the motorcycles main electrical controller boxes.  Replacing them can cost as much as $1000.  We recommend only using a maintenance changer to recharge the battery.  If your battery will not hold a charge due to age or improper charge cycling, replace the battery.


Engine Oil & Filter. Inspect oil level every 500 miles or six months.  Replace Oil & Filter at first 500 miles and every 2000 miles thereafter.  
RGP recommends Mobil 1 10W 40 full synthetic oil.  The Ridley 750 V-Twin engine holds one (1) and three-quarter (3/4) quarts of oil.  Drain the oil from the quick plug which is located just under the transmission cover.  Tilt the motorcycle over on the side stand to ensure all oil has drained.  Once drained, remove the oil filter which is located between the engine and battery box (aka oil bag, oil tank). It is a standard right threaded filter.  Replace with a new oil filter (part number 11801) from RGP.  Before adding oil be sure to check the quick plug is closed.  Fill the oil through the dip stick hole using a funnel or in the oil filler on the front valve cover.  This varies by model.  Monitor input using the indicators on the quart oil containers.  Remember - only refill with 1 3/4 quarts!  Check level using the dip stick or sight glass.


Transmission Belt.  Inspect every 2000 miles.  Replace every 6000 miles. 
The Type II transmission belt is a wear item. There are a few indications that the belt needs to be changed.  As the belt wears it narrows eventually keeping the transmission from shifting into high gear reducing the top speed. Another indication can be fuel mileage.  As the bike requires higher RPM at higher speeds, the limited high gear caused by a narrower transmission belt creates a scenario where the bike is revving higher to go faster making fuel mileage lessen.  Also, be aware that fraying on the belt is normal and should be cut off using scissors.  The belts are made with twisted kevlar clutching fabric which will become exposed.  The belt is easy to change.  Every Ridley Owners should have a spare transmission belt as part of their maintenance kit. Watch our YouTube videos for step by step instructions.

Parts : Type II Belt , Type I Belt , Speedster Belt


Drive Clutch.  Inspect and Lubricate every 2000 miles.  Replace or Rebuild every 6000 miles. 
The Type II drive clutch is located on the engine output shaft and is the workhorse of the transmission.  It has several moving parts and requires regular maintenance.  It is important to know how to properly lubricate the clutch.  Please watch our YouTube Videos for the right way to maintain your clutch.

Parts : Clutch Lubricant , Type II Drive Clutch , Moveable Face , Ramp Plate


Driven Clutch.  Inspect and Lubricate every 2000 miles.  Replace or Rebuild every 10000 miles.
The Type II driven clutch is located on the jackshaft.  There are only a few tricks to maintaining the drive clutch.  First, make sure you have the lock washer secure on the nut.  Second, make sure all three or six of the cam buttons are in place.  Missing cam buttons can cause an imbalance in the clutch which leads of significant problems.  There are videos on how to remove and maintain this clutch on our YouTube Channel.

Parts : Cam Button , Driven Clutch


Wheel Bearings.  Inspect at 2000 miles and every 4000 miles thereafter.
The wheel bearings on most Ridley models are sealed ball bearings and do not require regular maintenance, but do require inspection.  Raising the wheels off the ground is the first step.  We recommend the RGP center stand.  With your finger on the wheel’s axle, spin the wheel and feel for roughness.  Repeat on the other wheel.  If the wheel spins freely and there is no indication of roughness, the inspect is good.

Parts : Center Stand , Wheel Bearing


Wheel Spokes. Inspect every 4000 miles.
Ridley recommends checking each spoke for tightness at the rim.  This can be done by trying to tighten each spoke with your fingers.


Tire Condition and Pressure.  Inspect every month or 2000 miles.
Tire pressure is critical to the overall performance of your motorcycle.  Inspect each tires tread wear and pressure.  Front and Rear Tire pressure should be 35 psi.


Steering Head Bearings. Remove, Inspect, and Repack every 20000 miles.
Steering bearings should be visually inspected every 20000 miles and repacked.  Periodic inspections can be performed by raising the front wheel off the ground with the Center Stand and turing the forks to the right and left.  A sticky feeling can mean bad bearings.  They should be replaced.

Parts : Center Stand , Steering Bearings.


Front Fork Oil. Replace every 10000 miles.
The front fork oil should be drained and replaced every 10000 miles with 7 ounces of 15 (or medium) weight fork oil in each fork.


Brake System. Inspect every month or 2000 miles.
The front brake mastercylinder brake fluid level should be inspected and filled as necessary.  The front brake pads tend to wear faster than the rear and should be replaced every 6000 miles.  Each brake line fitting should be tightened with a wrench during each inspection.  The rear brake mastercylinder fluid should be inspected and filled as necessary.  The rear brake pads should be replaced every 10000 miles or as needed.  Each brake line fitting should be tightened with a wrench during each inspection.  Inspect rear brake light pressure switch fittings and function.

Parts : Brake Pad , DOT 5 Fluid , Brake Pressure Switch


Drive Belt or Chain. Inspect every 2000 miles.
For models with the belt final drive, the belt and pulleys should be inspected every 2000 miles.  Typically, the front pulley should be replaced every 20000 miles. The drive belt should be replaced at 50,000 miles.  The rear pulley should be inspected but normally wears less than the smaller front pulley.  For models with the chain final drive, the chain and sprockets should be inspected every 2000 miles.  The chain and pulleys should be replaced every 10000 miles.  The O-Ring chain RGP offers does not require lubrication, but should be cleaned and “waxed” upon inspection.  This minimizes debris entering the sealed areas.

Parts : Primary Pulley , Chrome Final Pulley , Drive Belt , Quiet Ride Sprocket , Final Sprocket , Chain


Air Cleaner. Inspect, Clean, and Lubricate every 2000 miles.
The OEM air filter is a specially designed K&N filter guaranteed by K&N for 1 million miles.  At this point, we have not heard from any owners needing the replace the filter because of mileage.  Owners should remove the air filter and clean it with warm water and the K&N filter soap.  Dry the filter and lubricate with K&N lubricant every 2000 miles.  This will maximize air flow into your engine.

Parts : K&N Filter Kit


Fuel Tank Filter Screen.  Inspect every 10000 miles.
The fuel tank filter screen is located on the inside portion of the petcock in the gas tank.  By draining the gas in the tank and removing the petcock you will expose the tank screen.  This is designed to keep larger items from making their way into the fuel filter and into the engine.  It should be cleaned at every 10000 miles.

Parts : Petcock


Fuel Filter. Replace every 2000 miles.
Fuel from the gas tank is filtered by a filter located between the tank and the carburetor.  Ridley recommends replacing the filter regularly to maximize fuel delivery and cleanliness to the motor.  A paper type filter is recommended because they tend to filter the fuel better than the cleanable type filters.

Parts : Fuel Filter Kit.


Fuel Valve, Line Fittings. Inspect every 2000 miles.
The petcock, fuel lines, and fittings need to be inspected for leaks, cracks and tightness every 2000 miles.  Visually inspect the fuel line and clean it with tire dressing (ie., ArmorAll). This will help protect from drying  out. Checking the petcock should be done with a wrench.  Fittings are located on each underside of the tank, on the petcock, and carburetor.

Parts : Fuel Line , Fuel Line Clamps


Throttle Control & Enrichener.  Inspect every 2000 miles.
With the engine off and fuel valve (petcock) set to off, twist and release the throttle to check for proper function.  It is important to feel for any feeling of grinding in the cables when pulling back and to check that the cables return quickly.  Also check for slop in the cables.  This is the feeling of looseness when twisting the throttle back.  It can be adjusted in the cables.

Parts : Throttle Cable (2003 - 2005) (2006-up) , Idle Cable (2003 - 2005) (2006 - up) , Speedster


Front and Rear Brake Lever. Inspect every 2000 miles.
The front brake lever should be inspected every 2000 miles for accurate function.  Inspect the fastener and clip holding the lever to the housing.  Lightly lubricate with WD-40 or equivalent.  The Rear Brake Lever should be inspected at the same time.  Inspect the fastener and cotter pin.  Also inspect the function of the lever for in and out.  Inspecting the levers adjustment should be done very carefully.  Improper adjustment of the lever can cause SERIOUS HARM.  The lever must have some play in it to allow the brake fluid to move in and out properly.  To adjust the lever, adjust it to have five thousandths free play between the floorboard bracket and the rear brake lever.

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Throttle Cables.  Inspect and Lubricate ever 4000 miles or every 12 months.
The OEM Ridley throttle and idle cables are specially designed for fit on the year model specific bikes.  They are designed with teflon to ensure proper function. Riders should visually check the adjuster nuts near the handlebar and carburetor for tightness.  Lubricate the cables for a smooth operation and quick return.  Lubricating regularly will help extend the life of the cables.

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Kickstand and Kickstand Spring. Inspect and lubricate every 2000 miles or 6 months. Replace as necessary.
Inspect the kickstand for cracks around the base welds and for improper bending.  The kickstand will bend if the motorcycle is tied down on the kickstand.  Usually this happens when trailering the bike.  Instead, use a wheel chock and tie the bike down by the handlebars and/or triple trees.  Replace the stand if it is bent.  Lubricate the kickstand pivot point with WD-40 or equivalent lubricant.  The kickstand spring should be visually inspected at the same time for improper coiling.  This can be caused when something (ie., curb, motorcycle trailer ramp, etc.) catches the spring and stretches it out.  A stretched spring can cause the kickstand to extend while riding.  Ridley recommends every Ridley owner have a spare kickstand spring incase you experience this symptom.

Parts : Kickstand , Kickstand Spring (Auto-Glide , Speedster)


Engine Mounts.  Inspect every 5000 miles.
Engine mounts and mounting hardware should be inspected for tightness and weld integrity every 5000 miles or 18 months.

Parts : Engine Mounting Hardware.


Spark Plugs. Inspect every 2000 miles.  Replace every 8000 miles.
Spark plugs should be removed and inspected every 2000 miles for proper coloration.  The color of the end of the spark plug should be a grayish color.  A carbon black end indicates the engine is running too rich.  A white end indicates the engine is running too lean.  Plugs can be effected when the rider leaves the choke on for an extended period.  Replacing the plugs and remembering to turn the choke off can repair the issue.

Parts : Spark Plugs (Auto-Glide , Speedster)


Electrical Components & Switches. Inspect every 2000 miles or 6 months.
Test your electrical system by turning the key to on and the run/stop switch to run.  DO NOT START THE MOTORCYCLE.  The head light should be on.  The running lights (side amber lights) should be on.  The dash should be powered on.  The tail light should be on.  Test the right and left turn signals by pressing the indicator and inspecting the lights.  Remember to check the front and rear.  Check the brake light be pressing and releasing the front brake lever a few times.  Do the same for the rear brake.  It is important to check each of these functions separately because they are controlled by different switches.  If your motorcycle has driving lights, check those too.

Parts : Headlight Bulb (Classic , Old School) , Turn Signal (Amber - LED , Red - LED , Clear - Incandescent) , Brake Light Bulb , Front Brake Light Switch (2003 - 2005 , 2006 - up) , Rear Brake Light Switch , Driving Light Bulb.


Engine Idle Speed. Inspect Every 2000 miles or 6 months.
The engine should idle at 650 rpm.  An idle too high and the CVT transmission will engage wearing out the transmission belt and/or causing the motorcycle to move.  Most Ridley models have a tachometer.  Use this to meter the engine speed.  RPM adjustments can be made on by turning the idle screw on the carburetor. If your motorcycle does not have a tachometer, RGP offers a digital RPM gauge.

Parts : Digital Tachometer.


Fasteners.  Check all critical fasteners for tightness every 2000 miles or 6 months.
Ridley recommends putting a wrench on all critical fasteners and checking tightness regularly.  Below is a list of some of those critical fasteners.  We highly recommend you check these and more.
 Hand controls, handlebars, fork tubes, axles, brake calipers, axles, gas tank, floorboards, engine guard, swingarm bolt, battery box, jackshaft block, CVT transmission fasteners, transmission and flywheel covers, fenders, etc.

Parts : All stainless steel fasteners available from RGP by telephone.



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