So what exactly is Transport mode on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and how do you know you have it? Let’s take a look at what this setting does, why you’d need it, and how to put your Road Glide Special into Transport mode.
Transport mode appears on Harley-Davidson motorcycles equipped with an H-D security system. The feature keeps your security system from “waking up” by disabling the motion detection sensors linked to the alarm system. As you know, when your bike’s security system is enabled and you try to move the bike without the H-D fob in close proximity, the bike’s lights start to flash—and if your bike has a siren, it will sound—because the system senses movement. So let’s say you are trailering your bike to an event; to prevent your bike from constantly sensing motion and setting off flashing lights all along the way, you can either leave the fob on the bike or put the bike in Transport mode. That way your battery won’t be drained by the time you get to your destination.
It’s very simple to place your bike into Transport mode, and it’s a process I recommend instead of leaving the fob on the bike; you never know what could happen. Sometimes even if your fob is in the saddlebag, the bike’s receiver doesn’t get the signal and your lights will still flash. And getting to an event only to discover you have a dead battery just plain sucks. You’re left with the joyous task of having to find a jump, a new battery, or a charger before your fun can start.
It takes 15 seconds to put the bike in Transport mode; to get it out of Transport mode, all you need to do is to turn the ignition switch to “On” with the fob within distance. Simple, right? And a process that simple means there’s no reason for you to risk leaving the key on the bike.