How to Change the Oil on a Honda Shadow VT750

An oil change on a Honda motorcycle can be done in minutes, and doing it regularly will add thousands of miles to the life of your bike’s engine. 

Here’s how to change the oil on a Shadow 750 motorcycle.

Tools and Parts Needed: Honda Shadow Oil Change


Changing the Oil on a Honda Shadow 750

Step 1. Run the engine for a couple of minutes to warm the oil up and thin it out a bit, making it easier to drain.

Step 2. Remove the oil fill cap/dipstick so the crankcase can breathe as you're draining the oil.  

Honda Shadow motor oil change

Step 3. Find the drain bolt, which is located on the underside of the motorcycle. Next, get a drain pan ready and remove the bolt with a 17mm wrench to drain the oil. 

NOTE: Keep track of the drain bolt crush washer. If it’s missing or damaged, you’ll need to replace it. Use our Honda Shadow crankcase parts diagram if you can’t find the drain bolt (#21).

Honda Shadow VT750 oil change

Step 4. Replace the drain bolt and its crush washer once the oil has drained. Use a torque wrench to tighten the drain bolt to 22 foot-pounds. 

NOTE: Don’t overtighten the bolt, since a stripped bolt could create a big problem.

Step 5. Remove the oil filter using a 65mm oil filter wrench. The Shadow 750 oil filter is located near the rear tire. 

Honda Shadow motorcycle oil change

Step 6. Smear a little oil around the seal at the top of the O-ring on the filter to make it easier to remove next time. 

Honda Shadow oil filter change

Step 7. Replace the old oil filter, and torque the new oil filter to 19 foot-pounds.  

Honda Shadow VT750 oil change

Step 8. Refill the engine with oil. 

NOTE: The Honda Shadow takes 2.6 quarts of 10W-40 oil

Honda Shadow 750 motorcycle oil change

Step 9. Replace the fill cap/dipstick once you’re close on the oil level, and run the engine for a minute or two to circulate the new oil.

Step 10. Verify your oil level by removing the fill cap/dipstick, wiping it off, and sitting the dipstick on the crankcase. Top off the oil if necessary, and you’re done.

NOTE: You don’t need to screw in the fill cap to check the level. 

Honda Shadow 750 oil change

The steps for changing the motor oil are the same or similar for all Honda motorcycles. However, if you want to see an oil change for a different Honda motorcycle model, watch the video below to see how to change the oil on a Rebel 250



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