How Much Oil Does My Motorcycle Need?

this is the question that many riders grapple with at some point. Motorcycles are unique in that they require two different types of oil: engine oil and transmission fluid. The amount of each type of oil your bike needs depends on a variety of factors, including the make and model of your bike, the climate you live in, and how you ride your bike. In this post, we will explore all the variables that go into determining how much oil does your motorcycle needs.

but before going to an explanation here’s the short and clear answer:

Your motorcycle will need to have 2.5 to 3.5 liters (0.7 to 1 US gallons) of engine oil.

One thing you should note is that not every manufacturer specifies how much oil your motorcycle needs in its owner’s manual, so if you want to be sure, the best thing to do is to check the owner’s manual for your bike and then contact a mechanic. It also depends on which motorcycle you have.

but, if you do not have a motorcycle yet and you are planning to get one then what I will recommend is that ‘you read the owner’s manual of your future motorcycle before buying it.’. If there isn’t any manual in it then ask for a manual from the seller. And don’t forget to contact a mechanic about this matter.

your motorcycle oil should change every 1500-2000 miles for best performance and longevity.

To understand why we need to break down what oil does for your motorcycle and how it works.

OIL is used to reduce friction between moving parts, keep the engine clean, and prevent corrosion.

a motorcycle can’t run without oil. If your bike doesn’t have oil it will either break down in the middle of nowhere or just stop in your driveway. Either way that’s not great for you or your wallet, so check how much oil your motorcycle needs and make sure you change your oil regularly.

what does oil do for your bike?

Engine Oil: Engine oil is used to lubricate moving parts within the engine, such as bearings, camshafts, crankshafts, gears, rocker arms, and valves. It also keeps all of these components cool by absorbing heat created during combustion. The oil that comes out of your bike after it has been sitting for a few days has actually absorbed so much heat from the engine that if you put your hand on top of it you will burn yourself. To prevent this heat absorption engine oil is mixed with tiny particles called ‘dirt’ or ‘metal’. These particles are responsible for clumping together the debris produced when the engine is in use.

Transmission Oil: Transmission fluid is used to lubricate gears and other moving parts in your motorcycle’s transmission. This oil takes a lot longer to heat up, which means it doesn’t have to be as thick as engine oil. As a result, motorcycle transmission oil typically uses additives that prevent dirt from adhering to the inside of your bike’s transmission and causing damage or malfunction.

the role of automatic transmission fluid (ATF)

automatic transmission fluid (ATF) also known as gear lube and multi-purpose lubricant combines the properties of both engine oil and transmission fluid into one product. ATF is able to function across a wide range of temperatures without losing its viscosity or thickness – meaning it can do everything an engine oil or transmission fluid does.

ATF is sometimes known as gear lube, multi-purpose lubricant or automatic transmission fluid (ATF). ATF is a combination of properties from both engine oil and transmission fluid. Since ATF combines the best features of each, it should not be used in place of either product.

How to check the engine oil level in the bike?

It is important to check your oil level regularly. To check the engine oil level in your bike you need to open the compartment where you can find the dipstick(s) of it. If there is more than one dipstick then choose the longest one. Usually, an engine has three or four different kinds of oil levels to measure all different kinds of things that have to do with your motorcycle’s oil level.

After finding out which dipstick is used for measuring engine oil, wipe it off with a clean cloth and insert it back into its place in the same direction as when you pulled it out and wait for some time that enough time must pass so that it can show you exactly how much amount of oil left in your motorcycle. Once you can see the oil level on the stick then add or remove some amount of oil to reach the correct level.

Symptoms of too much oil in a motorcycle?

When your motorcycle has too much engine oil it will be very difficult to start the engine. It will also run noisily and be accompanied by black smoke coming from the exhaust pipe.  You will also most likely see the yellow engine warning light come on.

Too much oil on your bike is not good for it, so you should change your oil immediately. oil leakage and much more noise from the engine is the sign of too much oil in motorcycles. you can also check the oil level just before you start your motorcycle and if it’s at about 1 inch below maximum, then it means that the engine is filled with too much oil.

also read: Why Are Indian Motorcycles So Expensive?


You can see that motorcycles use two very different kinds of oil to function properly. It is important to check your motorcycle’s engine and transmission oil on a regular basis, as both need to be changed regularly. If you’re nervous about doing the checks yourself then take them to a mechanic and they will do it for you. However, checking your own oil level is not difficult at all, and with a little practice, you’ll soon become confident in knowing how much (or how little) engine and transmission oil you’ve got.

One important thing to be noted is that overfilling of oil is as bad as having too little both can cause damage and therefore it is advisable not to exceed the maximum level marked on the dipstick. 

Also, some bikes may need more than one type of oil (e.g., 75/90 gear oil and ATF), however, some bikes will use more than one dipstick marked with different kinds of measurements for each type (e.g., 75W-80 and 90W-140). When checking your motorcycle’s engine oil, make sure you know which measurement on the dipstick corresponds to which kind(s) of oil is required by your motorcycle. Again, check the owner’s manual to know which types of oil your motorcycle needs.

I hope this article is helpful for you. thanks.

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