System Settings: How to Use the Harley-Davidson Skyline OS 12.3-inch TFT Touch Screen

Embark on a journey of technological discovery with the Harley-Davidson Skyline OS. The 12.3-inch TFT touch screen is not just a feature; it's a gateway to a revolutionary riding experience. Whether you're a tech-savvy rider or new to digital dashboards, this guide will walk you through each setting, ensuring you make the most of every ride.

Navigating to the Settings Menu

First things first, let's access the settings menu. Tap 'Settings' on your main menu. The exact features available may differ based on your Harley model and the region you're in. To ensure safety and prevent distractions, always adjust settings when your motorcycle is stationary in accessory mode.

Device Manager and Bluetooth Connectivity

Your Device Manager is the control center for all things Bluetooth. Here's a closer look:

  • Turning Bluetooth On/Off: This simple toggle is your gateway to connecting devices.
  • Pairing a Device: Whether it's your phone or headset, pairing is straightforward. Ensure your device’s Bluetooth is on, then on your Skyline OS, navigate to: Settings → Device Manager → Add New Device. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair.
  • Managing Connections: Once paired, you can easily manage your devices. For phones, toggle Calls or Media on/off; for headsets, manage Calls, Media, and Prompts, and designate them as Rider or Passenger.

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Wi-Fi Connectivity

The Skyline OS’s Wi-Fi capabilities are robust but do note the 5GHz Wi-Fi band limitation. To connect:

  1. In the Settings menu, select Wi-Fi.
  2. Browse available networks and select one to connect. Use the LHCM or touch screen to navigate.

Customizing Sound Settings

Audio settings in the Skyline OS are diverse and can significantly enhance your riding experience.

  • Audio Routing: Choose where your audio plays – through speakers or headsets.
  • Application Volume: Adjust volumes for media, prompts, and phone calls independently.
  • Auto Volume Control: This smart feature adjusts volume based on your speed, ensuring clarity amidst varying noise levels.
  • Equalizer Settings: Personalize your audio experience with standard or custom equalizer settings.

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Display Customization

The IFCU display is your visual interface with the bike. Customize it for optimal visibility and comfort.

  • Layout Options: Choose between Cruise, Sport, and Tour layouts.
  • Brightness and Contrast: Adjust these settings for clear visibility under different lighting conditions. The high contrast mode is particularly useful in bright sunlight.

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System Settings Overview

In System settings, personalize your bike's operational aspects.

  • Date & Time: Choose between automatic (internet-based) or manual setup.
  • Language and Units: Select your preferred language and units for distance, temperature, and pressure.
  • Bike Function Setup: Customize settings like fog lights, fan control, audio power, hand grips power, and locks. Remember to power off the bike for a minute after adjusting fan control to finalize the setup.

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Ride Mode Configuration

Ride modes tailor your Harley's performance to your riding style and conditions. Here's what you can do:

  • Enable/Disable Ride Modes: Customize which modes are available for quick selection. Note that Road mode is always enabled.
  • Custom Ride Modes: For a truly personalized experience, set up Custom Ride Modes A and B. You can copy settings from existing modes and adjust engine map, engine braking, throttle response, and traction control.

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Tuner and Phone Settings

  • Tuner: This section offers radio tuning features like WB, RDS, AF, TA, REG, and DAB-FM. Customize your radio experience by enabling or disabling categories of stations.
  • Phone: Manage how your phone interacts with the Skyline OS. Set up reply messages and choose how your contacts are displayed.

How to Change Tuner Settings on Your Harley-Davidson with Skyline OS

Advanced Tips

  • Voice Commands: Utilize voice commands for hands-free control while riding (requires a connected headset).
  • Software Updates: Regularly check for software updates at to ensure your system is up to date with the latest features and improvements.

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Safety Note

While the Skyline OS is designed to enhance your ride, safety comes first. Always prioritize your attention on the road and use the system responsibly.


The Harley-Davidson Skyline OS is a leap forward in motorcycle technology, offering a blend of safety, convenience, and enjoyment. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these features to fully embrace the capabilities of your Harley.