A motorcycle oil change typically costs around $30-$60, but prices can vary more depending on motorcycle type. One of the reasons why it may be costlier to service a chopper is because in order to drain all of the old fluid and replace it with new you will have to move the engine by hand as opposed to simply attaching it to an industrial machine. On some bikes, this can require removing the transmission from the bike frame which would cause further labor charges. Also, motorcycles that contain 4-stroke engines or turbo systems require additional specialized lubricants which also increases the price.
To determine how much a motorcycle oil change costs, consider first what type of oil your bike uses, second if your bike has a 4-stroke engine or turbo system, both of which require specialized oil. Next, consider whether any additional service such as replacing your spark plugs is included in the price because many garages offer “power package” deals for around $100 that include not only an oil change but also an inspection and new filters.
If you are on a budget then it would be smart to try finding a coupon online; some motorcycle shops may even offer 10%-20% discounts off your total bill if you bring them one. Like all services, prices can vary greatly depending on where you go so it may be best to ask your friends or family members who they use specifically for their bike maintenance and not only their oil changes. If you have a particularly trusted mechanic it may be smart to use them for all of your bike services because they will already know your specific bike and the upkeep required when performing maintenance.
If you are new to biking then call around to different mechanics in order to find one that is both experienced with motorcycle service and offers competitive rates. Use this guide’s formula on calculating the average price of an oil change and multiply that number by two or three as this is usually how much it costs to perform additional services, such as replacing spark plugs (if not included) or upgrading your fluids. Again ask if these types of procedures are included in the price, but don’t expect any shop to offer freebies; unless you are a loyal customer bringing them additional business from referrals then you will likely be charged for any service requested.
If the price of an oil change sounds too steep, consider recycling your used oil and purchasing some on your own. At just under $5 per quart it can add up quickly if you take your bike out daily or have a long commute to work. New synthetic oils are also fast becoming more popular with both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engine bikes; not only do these offer enhanced performance but they typically last longer as well. Because of this many people choose to make their own oil changes by draining all old fluid (including that in the transmission) and replacing it with new synthetic blend oil. This may require removing the engine from the bike frame which increases labor charges and can be dangerous for novices, so it’s important to read the motorcycle’s owner’s manual first.
If you have removed your engine oil already then it would be good to remove the filter too, which is typically on the side of either the engine or transmission. You can purchase a new one from any store that specializes in selling oils such as Canadian Tire or Wal-Mart; bring your old filter with you because most places will only sell oil filters if they fit your existing filter. If not then consider purchasing a universal fit and cutting it down yourself with a hacksaw or rotary tool. This may require additional charges depending on what shop you are going to use, but this will ultimately save you money in both the short and long run by being able to make your own oil changes.
How Many Kilometers Should We Change Engine Oil In A Bike?
For every bike the mixture is different. You can change oil anywhere from 1500km to 2000Km. If you want better performance I recommend changing it every 1200-1500Km. But if all you care about is how many Km’s you get out of your engine then 1000-1500Km would be a safe bet. The only downside to that is that it costs more money in the long run and if your dealer tells you otherwise they don’t know what they’re talking about or are trying to rip you off for their own benefit. Again this goes back to safety and Performance being on opposite ends of the spectrum, but both are necessary for a bike to reach its true potential.
The life expectancy depends on how well you care for your bike. If you help keep it clean and make sure the fluids are never too dirty or polluted then it will last longer. Also if you keep a regular maintenance schedule that also helps to improve the life expectancy of any machine.
Almost all bikes (especially the cheaper brands) come factory-rated for an oil change anywhere from 3,000 miles to 7,000 miles depending on what brand and model of bike you have. It is also important to note that motorcycle engines are a lot more intricate than your standard automobile engine and therefore require higher quality synthetic oils such as Castrol or Motul to prevent any damage or the premature wear of bearings and other moving parts which could lead to engine failure later down the road. The downside to this is that higher quality oils do cost more so if you cannot afford them then at least use a semi-synthetic blend of Mobil 1 until you can afford to upgrade.
In summary, you should change your oil every 1,000-1,500 km or at least once every season. If the bike is just for weekend pleasure use then I recommend changing it every 2,000-3,000 km because a good number of people tend to store their bikes during the winter months and this might save you from expensive repair bills later on down the line when you start it up in spring again.
When To Change The Oil On A New Motorcycle
You should change the oil on a new bike at 1000 miles, 2 months, 6 months & 12 months. No matter which one you choose, it is important that you do not wait more than 12 months to perform your first oil change because waiting too long between changes can cause engine failure and you do not want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with an out-of-commission motorcycle!
If you want to know if your oil needs changing, then keep an eye on the color of your oil after riding. If it is dark or black then chances are that it is time for a change! Also if you ride dirt roads where there is heavy dust and sand, I would suggest changing the oil more frequently as well.
The only other way to tell when your bike’s engine oil needs changing is by checking the level of your engine oil in the motorcycle’s sight glass window. When checking the sight glass window, however, please make sure that all electrical components (headlight, speedometer brightness control, etc.) are turned off because failure to do so can cause excessive current draw and burn out electric parts leading to expensive repairs later down the line.
Also, keep in mind that the amount of time required to change your motorcycle’s engine oil depends on how much oil you have in it and some can be harder to change than others depending on how tight the bolts are so be mindful when checking the level of your engine oil through the sight glass window because even if it looks like there is enough in there, there could still be a false line where the air has seeped into the engine and condensed back out again causing an incorrect reading.
What Is The Best Brand Of Motorcycle Oil?
It all depends on the kind of riding you do and your individual preferences…there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to which brand or type of oil you should use, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience working with motorcycle engines.
The best brands are going to cost more than their generic counterparts but they will also perform better overall so it balances out the end. Generally speaking, you want to stay away from any brand that can be found at the local gas station for oil changes.
Every manufacturer will recommend their own brand but they are going to always try and push their own manufacturer-branded oils so be careful about what kind of advice they give you.
Make sure that once winter hits, if you don’t plan on riding anyway, remove the battery from your cycle and keep it somewhere indoors where it won’t get too cold. If you do this then you should be able to start up your bike without a problem next summer but it will cost more in the long run if you don’t properly store your motorcycle for winter.
The oil is going to be thick and sticky during the colder months so even if you remove it, make sure that you clean out all of the debris and gunk before adding new oil when the temperature starts to rise again. That is why we always recommend keeping an old rag or towel under your bike because there is no doubt going to be some leakage no matter how well-made your motorcycle might be.
Even though we are always going to recommend taking it to a local motorcycle shop if you’re still unsure about what to do then it is always best that you check the owner’s manual for specific maintenance recommendations for your motorcycle model. The reason why brand new motorcycles come with an owner’s manual is that they want their customers, or potential customers, to be as informed as possible when it comes to things like proper oil changes and other engine services; this way they won’t have any problems during the warranty period.
Below are the top brands of motorcycle oils.
- YamaLube All Purpose 4 Four Stroke Oil
- Bel-Ray EXP Synthetic Ester Blend 4T Engine Oil
- Lucas Oil LUC10710 10W-40 Semi-Synthetic Motorcycle Oil
- Motul 300V Ester Synthetic Oil
- Castrol 06112 POWER 1 4T 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil
Keeping up with your motorcycle’s engine oil is very important for optimal performance and longevity. If you don’t change it or check it regularly, then dirt and other contaminants can build up and wear down the moving parts of the engine causing damage over time. Depending on where you live, wintertime could cause excessive oil changes as well since cold weather is harsh on engines and acts like a magnet to debris in the oil; this is why we always recommend at least changing your motorcycle’s oil 3-5 times per year (if you ride more than 2000 miles annually).
If you’re still unsure about what kind of motorcycle oil is best for your model then it would help if you checked your owner’s manual because almost all manufacturers will specify what type of oil is recommended for your specific motorcycle. Also, you should always use a high-quality motorcycle oil filter with every oil change to avoid any problems.
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