Before you start, make sure you have the following supplies ready:
- An allen wrench or screwdriver (for fairing removal, if necessary.)
- An oil filter wrench (for removing the oil filter.)
- The appropriate crush washer for your oil drain plug-- this can be purchased from a hardware store or motorcycle service shop.
- A pair of needle-nose pliers, in case the oil filler cap is hard to reach or tightly screwed on.
- An adjustable socket wrench.
- Clean rags.
- The proper amount of manufacturer-recommended engine oil.
- A new, manufacturer-approved oil filter.
- A funnel.
If necessary, remove fairing or bodywork blocking access to the engineIf bodywork surrounds the engine that needs an oil change, you'll have to remove it. Don't worry- this is easier than it sounds.
Bikes often come equipped with small toolkits under their seats; if you can't find yours, use the appropriate Phillips screwdriver and/or Allen wrench in order to unscrew the bolts holding your fairing to the frame.
Be sure to keep all fasteners, brackets and bolts together in a safe place until it's time to put everything back together again.