How to Start a Harley Davidson Road Glide

2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Many Harley-Davidson bikes, including Road Glide models, use a key fob security system. This allows your Harley key fob to function as a proximity key so that you can start the engine without placing the key in the ignition. So, how does it work? The fob’s smart security system senses when you are near and automatically deactivates the security system—so your bike is ready to roll as soon as you reach it.

Although the Harley key fob security system has been around for a while, we often hear from Cape Girardeau and Paducah, KY-area riders who have questions about how to set a Harley key fob PIN number or how to start a Harley-Davidson Road Glide with (and without) the key fob. We’ve got the info you need in the guide below.

How to Start a Harley-Davidson Road Glide Without a Key Fob

Of course, you can always start your engine the old-fashioned way if you prefer it. If you’ve never ridden before, you might wonder if starting a bike differs from starting a car and whether there are any other crucial steps you need to be aware of. Here’s how to start a Road Glide (and any other fuel-injected bike) step-by-step:

  1. Suit up with your H-D riding gear and gloves. And don’t forget your helmet—it’s the law!
  2. Make sure your fork lock is unlocked.
  3. Reach across and squeeze the front brake as you climb on the bike.
  4. Unlock the ignition by inserting the key into the ignition and turning it to the left. Then, turn the ignition to the middle position.
  5. Raise the bike off the side stand. When you’re securely positioned, lift up the side stand with your foot.
  6. Turn on the Run/Stop switch, located on the handlebars on the right. This will engage your bike’s electrical system.
  7. Pull in the clutch lever on the left side and hit the Start button.
  8. That’s it—you’re ready to ride!

How to Reset Your Harley Key Fob PIN Number

What can you do if you misplace or lose your key fob while riding in Cape Girardeau? If that happens, no worries—you can still start your Road Glide without the key fob as long as you can remember your PIN. Here’s how to set or reset it:

  1. Turn the key to IGNITION and hold both turn signal indicators until you see five dashes on the odometer gauge.
  2. Press the left turn signal button to select the first digit of your PIN.
  3. Move to the next digit by pressing the right turn signal switch once.
  4. Press the left turn signal button to select the second digit of your PIN.
  5. Move to the next digit by pressing the right turn signal switch once.
  6. Press the left turn signal button to select the third digit of your PIN.
  7. Move to the next digit by pressing the right turn signal switch once.
  8. Press the left turn signal button to select the fourth digit of your PIN.
  9. Move to the next digit by pressing the right turn signal switch once.
  10. Press the left turn signal button to select the fifth digit of your PIN.
  11. Move to the next digit by pressing the right turn signal switch once.
  12. To finish, press the right turn signal indicator once. Your bike’s security system alarm is now off.

Your Source for Harley-Davidson Service & Maintenance in Scott City

The team at Lawless Harley-Davidson is here to help with all of your motorcycle maintenance needs! Whether you’re looking for your bike’s routine maintenance schedule or further details on how to start a Harley-Davidson Road Glide with a key fob, all you have to do is let us know! Reach out to our service center online or give us a call at (573) 375-9052.

 

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