When it comes to maintenance on your motorcycle, chainging the oil and filter is one of the most basic services you can do, but it is also one of the most important. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and to ensure that you get the maximum life out of that engine, you should be changing the oil according to the manufactures recommendations. Here we’ll be going step-by-step through the process to break it down for you.
With just over 3,000 miles on our 2016 Super Tenere loan unit from Yamaha, it was time for a service. Even with the additional bolt-on protection items from Altrider, the service is extremely easy to perform in your garage.
In just over the three months that we’ve had our 2016 Super Tenere on loan from Yamaha Motor Corp., it has seen a plethora of terrain that has led to over 3,000 miles in this short period of time. To ensure that we’ll be getting the maximum performance of the engine, we are sticking to the recomendations found in the owners manual for servicing and it’s definitely time to do an oil and filter change. *Put the bike on its center stand so the bike is easier for you to work on or if you have access to a lift, we recommend to use that as it will save your back in the long run.
1: The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any belly protection you may have installed. For our unit, this meant removing the large AltRider skid plate. This will allow your oil to drain right into your catch pan and minimize any potential mess.
2: Start your machine and let it run till it reaches normal operating temperature. This allows your oil to flow faster out of the engine and ensures a shorter service time with a full oil drain.
3: Now that the engine is warm, drain the oil from both the oil tank and the engine crankcase. These drain bolts are located on the left side of the engine case under the stator cover. The oil tank drain bolt is to the back of the case and the crankcase drain bolt is at the front. *Use caution as the oil will be extremely hot!
The two flanged bolts on the bottom left side of the crank case are your drains for both the oil tank and crankcase. Once you’ve drained all of the oil and replaced the gasket, re-install and torque these to OEM specs before going further. A loose drain bolt can ruin your day and your engine if it were to fall out.
4: Once your oil flow has completely stopped, you can re-install your drain plugs and spray down with contact cleaner to eliminate any excess oil. *It is always a good idea to replace the crush gaskets on the drain plugs at every service.
5: You can now proceed to remove the oil filter, which is located at the front of the engine. As you can see, this is an area that collects a good amount of debris. It’s a good idea to clean and wipe down the area before you remove the filter to eliminate any excess dirt.
As you can see here, the area around the oil filter is prone to collect a good amount of dirt and road grime. We recommend that you spray down and clean the area before removing the filter to ensure nothing can get into the system and contaminate your fresh new oil and filter
6: Before installing your new filter, it’s always a good idea to get some oil on your fingertip and lube the o-ring. This will prevent it from sticking as you spin the filter on. We’ve opted to use a K&N oil filter because of their superb filtering capability and ease of installation/removal with the addition of a nut installed at the top of the filter.
By taking a few extra seconds to smear a light film of oil on the oil filter o-ring, you can prevent it from twisting and potentially coming off of the filter when spinning it on.
7: With your oil filter installed, it’s time to fill up the crankcase at the filler located on the right side of the engine. We opted to use the EXS Synthetic Ester oil from Bel-Ray but you can use any oil you want that has the equivalent of the OEM recommendations. According to the owners manual, the 2016 Yamaha Super Tenere requires 3.59 US quarts.
As we stated at the begining of this post, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. This is why we recommend that you use a quality oil that meets or exceeds the manufactures recommendations to ensure a long life for your engine.
8: With your oil in, re-install the oil fill cap and fire up the engine and let it run for a few minutes. This accomplishes two things. 1) You can look for any leaks before buttoning things up and 2) oil will circulate through your entire engine and into the oil tank to give you a proper reading through the sight glass when you shut it off.
9: If there are no leaks and you’ve got the proper oil level in the sight glass, it’s time to go ahead and reinstall the skid plate because you’re done and ready to ride.
Sure all of this might seem remedial to some, but to others who might have lost the owners manual or think this is a complicated task we want to show them that it’s not. This is a very simple service that you can do at home for pennies on the dollar when compared to taking the motorcycle to your local dealership. All you need are some basic hand tools and a little time to save money and get back on the road faster than waiting for your service to be done.