How to change your motorcycle oil

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How to change your motorcycle oil

Written by

Kellie Herber

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It’s a fairly simple process that you should be able to do on your own and you can find all the supplies you will need at a local motorcycle accessory store. Remember to check your owner’s manual for oil and filter change recommendations.


Here is a list of supplies you will need.

  • A bottle of oil
  • A funnel
  • A socket wrench
  • A rubber mallet
  • A new oil filter
  • 2-3 flannel cloths
  • A metal tray
  • Paper towels
  • Rear Paddock Stand

Once you have gathered all your supplies you are ready to begin.

6 Steps to change your motorcycle oil

Step 1.

Slowly take off the oil cap and keep it nearby.

Step 2.

Turn on your bike and let it run for about 10 minutes. The warmer the oil, the easier it is to drain from your motorcycle.

Step 3.

Use a socket wrench and remove the drain belt. If need be, you can loosen it with a rubber mallet. Now place the metal tray underneath.

Step 4.

Remove the oil filter by hand or use a socket wrench if need be and let all the oil from the engine drain out (keep some paper towel handy).

Step 5.

Install the new oil filter, use your finger and dip the new oil onto the new oil filter ‘s O ring. This will help ensure a nice seal when you install the new filter. Always use the same brand of oil as the last time, and never switch brands of oil.


Step 6.

Use a funnel and begin to fill with the new oil, do not overfill, just fill in two-thirds and start the engine. Start your bike and check the oil level through the sight glass and add more as needed. Always check with your owner’s manual to see how much oil you should use.

Now pat yourself on the back for a job well done! You also saved yourself some cash by learning how to do it on your own.

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