7-8 ENGINE LUBRICATION SYSTEM
Engine Oil and Oil Filter
Motorcycle operation with insufficient, deteri-
orated, or contaminated engine oil will cause
accelerated wear and may result in engine or trans-
mission seizure, accident, and injury.
Oil Level Inspection
Check that the engine oil level is between the upper [A]
and lower [B] levels in the gauge.
Situate the motorcycle so that it is perpendicular to the
If the motorcycle has just been used, wait several min-
utes for all the oil to drain down.
If the oil has just been changed, start the engine and
run it for several minutes at idle speed. This fills the oil
filter with oil. Stop the engine, then wait several minutes
until the oil settles.
Racing the engine before the oil reaches every part
can cause engine seizure.
If the engine oil gets extremely low or if the oil pump
or oil passages clog up or otherwise do not function
properly, the oil pressure warning light will light. If
this light stays on when the engine is running above
idle speed, stop the engine immediately and find the
If the oil level is too high, remove the excess oil, using a
syring or some other suitable device.
If the oil level is too low, add the correct amount of oil
through the oil filler opening. Use the same type and
make of oil that is already in the engine.
If the engine oil type and make are unknown, use any
brand of the specified oil to top off the level in preference
to running the engine with the oil level low. Then at your
earliest convenience, change the oil completely.
Engine Oil Change
Refer to the Engine Oil Change in the Periodic Mainte-
Oil Filter Replacement
Refer to the Oil Filter Replacement in the Periodic Main-