How to Change Yamaha R1 Oil

An oil change on a Yamaha motorcycle keeps its high-performance engine meeting your expectations with every mile. Not changing the oil regularly is a disservice to your motorcycle's maintenance, so get it done. 

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to do an oil change on a Yamaha R1 motorcycle.

Tools and Supplies - 2014 Yamaha YZF-R1 Oil Change

  • 3/8th ratchet
  • Torque wrench
  • 17mm socket
  • Ratchet extension

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Changing the Oil in a Yamaha R1

Step 1. Run the engine for a minute or two to heat up the oil, which makes it a lot easier to drain.

Step 2. Remove the fill cap to let air into the crankcase as the oil drains out, which also makes the oil easier to drain. 

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Step 3. Remove the five 4mm Allens that hold the lower fairing in place, along with the pushpin on the bottom, before removing the fairing itself. 

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Step 4. Get your drain pan ready, and remove the 17mm drain bolt. 

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NOTE: The bolt has a crush washer that needs to be replaced if it’s missing or damaged.

Step 5. Reinstall the drain bolt and the crush washer after the oil drains, and torque the drain bolt to 31 foot-pounds.

Step 6. Remove the oil filter with a 65mm oil filter wrench

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PRO TIP: The oil filter is a tight fit on the front of the engine, so an extension is almost a must-have for this step.

Step 7. Install the new oil filter.

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NOTE: Yamaha pre-lubes the gasket at the top of their oil filter, so simply thread the new filter on and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.

Step 8. Use contact cleaner to clean off any oil that may have spilled on the exhaust, which can create smoke if not wiped away.  

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Step 9. Replace the fairing by simply reversing the process you used to remove it.   

Step 10. Fill up the tank with 4 quarts of 10W40 motor oil, as specified by Yamaha. 

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Step 11. Replace the fill cap, and run the engine for a minute to circulate the oil.  

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Step 12. Check the oil level in the sight glass, top it off if necessary and you’re done. 

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NOTE: The oil level should be in the middle or upper section between the two marks on the sight glass.

The steps for changing the oil in a 2014 Yamaha R1 are the same or similar across all models. However, if you want to see an oil change done on a slightly newer R1, watch the video above to see how to change the oil in a 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1


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