Safe Operating Rules: Sportster Models
Before operating your new motorcycle it is your responsibility to read and follow the operating and
maintenance instructions in this manual, and follow these basic rules for your personal safety.
Know and respect the rules of the road (see RULES OF THE ROAD section). Carefully read
and observe the rules contained in the RIDING TIPS booklet accompanying this Owner's
Manual. Read and familiarize yourself with the contents of the MOTORCYCLE HANDBOOK
for your state.
Before starting engine, check for proper operation of brake, clutch, shifter, throttle controls,
correct fuel and oil supply.
Do not use aftermarket parts and custom made front forks
which can adversely affect performance and handling.
Removing or altering factory installed parts can adversely
affect performance and could result in death or serious
Use only Harley-Davidson approved parts and accessories. Use of certain other
manufacturer's performance parts will void your new motorcycle warranty. See your Harley-
Davidson dealer for details.
Stop the engine when refueling or servicing the fuel
system. Do not smoke or allow open flame or sparks near
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly
explosive, which could result in death or serious injury.
When refueling your motorcycle, the following rules should be observed.
Refuel in a well ventilated area with the engine turned off.
Remove fuel filler cap slowly.
Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks when refueling or servicing the fuel system.
Always close the fuel supply valve when the engine is not running. This prevents flooding of
the carburetor and the surrounding area with gasoline.
Do not fill fuel tank above the bottom of the filler neck insert.
Leave air space to allow for fuel expansion.
2005 Sportster 1200 Custom - Owner's Manual