What’s the difference between a motorcycle oil change and an automobile oil change? Motorcycles have their own motorcycle oil to use on your bike and you’ll find that motorcycle oils don’t require friction modifiers for fuel economy unlike their passenger vehicle counterparts. Passenger vehicles tend to place more emphasis on fuel economy and emission systems and their motor oil reflects this requirement while the emphasis on these factors for motorcycles is not as great.
Motorcycle Oil ChangeAs far as motorcycle oil change frequency, consult your owner’s manual to be sure but you’ll probably find that most manufacturers don’t recommend going more than 8,000 after break-in without getting your first oil change. The most commonly recommended oil change frequency for bikes is typically 3,000-4,000 miles if your bikes takes mostly short trips since it causes the most stress on the oil. If your bike goes on a long trip, you might find that a 6,000-8,000 mile oil change interval will suffice. Again, consult your owner’s manual. And check our list of oil change discount coupons to save some money.
You’ll probably going to find that motorcycle oil is more expensive than regular motor oil so changing your bike’s oil more frequently than the recommended service internal is probably a waste of time and money in more ways than one since in addition to the oil being more expensive, more frequent oil changes probably won’t help your engine at all.
Should you choose synthetic or regular motorcycle oil? Again, check with your owner’s manual but for regular (i.e. non-racing) driving a cheaper regular motor oil for your bike should suffice and save you money at the same time.
Motorcycle Oil FiltersYou’ll find a number of OEM oil filters for your bike. There are plenty of motorcycle oil filters to choose from coming from brands like AMSOIL, Champion, Mobil 1, WIX, Purolator, and Bosch among others. You’ll also find Honda and other motorcycle brands with their own oil filters for their bikes too.
Purolator, Mobil and Bosch produce some of the higher quality filters that you’ll find on the market although it’s open for debate and people often have their own favorites based on their personal experience and biases.
As with an automobile oil change, it’s recommended that you change your motorcycle oil filter with each oil change.