Yamaha YZF R1 Oil Change in 10 Steps

Why pay a mechanic to change the oil in your Yamaha YZF R1 when you can do it yourself in minutes and save money? 

Follow the simple steps in this walkthrough, and watch our Yamaha YZF oil change video to do a quality service job on your motorcycle without having to pay somebody else to do it for you. Here's how to do a quick Yamaha YZFR1 oil change.

Tools and Parts Needed - Yamaha YZF Oil Change


  • Ratchet
  • 8mm Allen
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Drain pan
  • Torque wrench

Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle oil change

How to Change the Oil in a Yamaha YZF R1

Step 1. Position a drain pan under the engine and remove the oil filler cap from the right side of the crankcase.

Step 2. Remove the 8mm Allen drain bolt and crush washer from the bottom of the engine, and let the oil fully drain out.

Yamaha YZF motorcycle oil change

Step 3. Install a new crush washer, then reinstall the drain bolt and torque it to 17 foot-pounds.

Step 4. Remove the left side lower fairing to access the oil filter by removing the two 8mm Allen bolts.

Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle oil change

Step 5. Remove the oil filter from the lower left side of the engine using an oil filter wrench.

Yamaha YZFR1 oil filter

Step 6. Install the new oil filter and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.

Step 7. Clean off any oil that may have dripped onto the exhaust pipe with contact/brake cleaner to prevent it from smoking and burning when you run the motorcycle, and reinstall the left side lower fairing.

Step 8. Remove the oil fill cap from the right side crankcase cover, then fill the engine with 4.2 quarts of 15W-50 motorcycle oil and reinstall the oil fill cap.

Yamaha YZF-R1 oil change service

Step 9. Start the engine and let it idle for a few moments to circulate the new oil within the engine.

Step 10. Shut off the engine, let it rest for a minute, and check the oil level through the oil sight glass on the right side of the crankcase. The oil level should be between the middle and upper part of the window. Top off the oil if necessary.

Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle oil change

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