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You too can change your own oil !!

You too can change your own oil !!

Why is changing engine oil important?

Regularly changing the engine oil in your motorcycle is crucial for maintaining its performance and longevity. The oil lubricates the engine, reducing friction and preventing wear and tear on the moving parts. Over time, the oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dirt and debris, losing its effectiveness. Changing the engine oil ensures that your motorcycle runs smoothly and efficiently.

Here is a step by step video produced by JCR Racing here in New Zealand.

What tools and materials do you need?

Before you start, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Socket wrenches
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • New oil filter
  • New engine oil
  • Funnel
  • Clean rags
  • Torque Wrench

Step-by-step guide to changing engine oil on a motorcycle

Follow these steps to change the engine oil on your motorcycle:

Step 1: Warm up the engine

Start the motorcycle and let it run for a few minutes to warm up the engine. Warm oil flows more easily, making it easier to drain.

Step 2: Locate the drain plug

Locate the drain plug on the bottom of the engine. Place the oil drain pan underneath to catch the old oil.

Step 3: Drain the old oil

Using a socket wrench, carefully loosen the drain plug and let the old oil drain completely into the pan. Once drained, tighten the drain plug securely.

Step 4: Replace the oil filter

Using an oil filter wrench, remove the old oil filter. Apply a thin layer of new oil to the rubber gasket of the new oil filter. Screw the new oil filter into place by hand, ensuring it is snug but not over-tightened. Replace the oil sump bolt and be sure to fit a new crush washer

Step 5: Add new engine oil

Locate the oil filler cap on the engine. Remove it and insert a funnel. Slowly pour the recommended amount of new engine oil into the funnel. Check the motorcycle's manual for the specific oil type and quantity required.

Step 6: Check the oil level

After adding the new oil, let the motorcycle sit for a few minutes. Then, remove the dipstick  and reinsert it. Remove it again and check the oil level. many motorcycles have a glass eyesight, check you manual to confirm if the bike should be level or on sidestand . It should be within the recommended range. If not, add more oil as needed.

Step 7: Clean up

Dispose of the old oil properly by taking it to a recycling center. Clean up any spills or drips using clean rags.


Changing the engine oil on your motorcycle is a simple yet essential maintenance task. By following these steps and performing regular oil changes, you can keep your motorcycle's engine running smoothly and extend its lifespan. Remember to consult your motorcycle's manual for specific instructions and recommended oil types.


Oils , Filters, tools, all available at your favourite motorcycle store : Make Yours BAYRIDE MOTORCYCLES!

Bayride specialises in MOTUL and YAMALUBE lubricants, as well as filters by Yamaha, Triumph, Aprilia and HiFlo. 

Bayride now at new premises 11 Matakokiri Drive - Tauranga

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