Welcome to our Service Department in Libertyville, Illinois, not far from Chicago. Lake Shore Harley-Davidson® is a Chicagoland motorcycle dealer that prides itself on providing you with exceptional service for your new or used motorcycles. Our factory trained master technicians have the highest levels of training and technology to satisfy all your motorcycle service needs. From standard maintenance to high performance services we have you covered!
Our state of the art Dynojet 250 dyno has a full weather station and air/fuel module to tune any combination of parts for the best performance and reliability possible for motorcycles. Watch the video below to learn more.
TECH TIP - Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil?
Most of us think the oil in our engine is just a lubricant. Well it is but you can consider it the lifeblood of an engine. Oil keeps engine parts from wearing and reduces friction by giving a protective film between the metal parts of your engine. The oil also helps carry heat and impurities away from the internal components.
There are two types of oil I will address. Conventional oil and full synthetic oil.
Conventional oil is derived from refining crude oil pumped from the ground. There are literally thousands of compounds present in crude oil. Many of them get removed by the refining process a small amount remains in the oil.
Synthetic oil is made of pure chemicals. Being made from pure chemical bases these oil are void of the limitations of conventional oils. Synthetic oils being derived from chemicals also allows the molecule to be designed specifically for a purpose.
I’m sure you are thinking 'are synthetics worth the extra cost'? Most of the time the answer is yes. Synthetics are better on a number of levels. They reduce engine wear at high temps because of the more stable viscosity properties. Synthetics also can keep your engine cleaner due to improved sludge and varnish properties. Do not feel that you’re doing the wrong thing running conventional oils. As long as you follow your owner’s manual recommendations for viscosity and grade. The most important thing to remember is perform your services at the recommended intervals.