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How often do I need to change my oil and what type of oils is the best?  My buddies all swear by synthetic.


How often should I have my bike serviced and what is required?

Most bikes have an initial 1k service to check for issues and make adjustments if needed.

After this, most scheduled service is at 5k, 10k, 15k and so on in +5k increments.

What is required will vary by the make, model and year times.

Additional details on what is required at each interval is found in the service manual for your bike.

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Though it can vary, most service manuals have oil changes at 1k, 5k and +5k intervals after matching your other scheduled service and maintenance proceedures.

We'll not get into the age old debate regarding synthetic versus regular motor oils or even semi-synthetics other than to say that if you want to run a synthetic blend because the maker claims you can run it longer between changes (10-20k), do not do it.

You need to maintain your oil change schedule as you are not just changing a fluid, but checking it's color and consistancy as well as looking for metal in the oil. Your interval does not change when you use synthetic oil.

If you ride hard and fast, you should cut your oil change intervals by half (2-3k).

If you go to the Dragway and run your bike on Bike Nights, then like us, you should change the oil soon afterwards.

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Do I need to make an appointment or can I just stop in?

If you are needing a sheduled service or oil change done, its best to call and schedule an appointment ahead of time. Folks are always welcome to just drop in and make an appointment in person too. If you are considering performance upgrades or are having issues but the bike is still rideable, stopping by so we can do a quick inspection  and give you a quote on upgrades or repairs is recommended.

Do I need to supply my own parts?

We stock tires, tubes, brake pads, filters, spark plugs, oils and most everything needed  for servicing your Harley. In most cases we have your Victory or Indian covered as well.

You are of course welcome to supply your own parts and even oils if you prefer a brand we don't offer.

If supplying your own tires, keep in mind that online tire dealers often sell below market rates because they are either A) Liquidating old stock B) Selling "blems" (blemished tires the manufacturer sold cheap due to a cosmetic defect or being slightly our of balance). Some online "Mega Dealers" simply buy in high volumes, but then side stack the tires to save space in their warehouse which results in those on the bottoms of such stacks being deformed by the weight on top of them.

In any case, give us a call, you'll be suprised at how competitive our own pricing is.

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I recieved a recall letter on my bike. Can you guys handle it or do I have to go back to the dealership?

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Recall issues can only be handled by your dealership. Its not that we couldn't do them, its just that the manufacturers don't send parts and cover the labor performed at an independent shop.