1) Order your favourite oil.
There’s great choice, but usually a bike needs a specified viscosity
. Use the oil specified in your bike’s manual. If unsure, send our operators at firstname.lastname@example.org a quick e-mail or call them at +49 931 250 61 16.
2) While you’re at it, order
a new drain plug gasket (model specific).
3) Order new oil filter.
Refer to your bike’s manual, go to wwag.com or call W&W +49 931 250 61 16, especially if you have a full-on custom. A quick picture of oil tank, drain plug and so on can help.
3a) Don’t forget the useful helpers
that you wish you had ready once the black sludge has covered half of your garage floor :). Make a list of everything you need before you order. Once that parcel hits your door mat, there’s no turning back :)
4) Warm up your bike real good,
to give the hot oil the chance to absorb as much sludge from your oil system as possible. Anything above 50 kilometers is OK. Do a little cruise around the county :)
5) Park your hot bike in your garage,
place an oil absorbing mat 81-000 underneath.
6) Grab your PanAm oil slide
35-400 and form and bend it so that it can be placed under your oil tank drain plug. Angle it so that the spent oil can leisurely slide down to a recipient, ideally the very practical 05-150 (doubles as a canister).
7) Remove drain plug.
Big bunches of steel filings clinging to the magnet (if fitted) are a bad sign. While the hot oil makes its way to the recipient, get a funnel 35-300, and open the first can of fresh oil.
8) Don’t try to flush your oil tank.
If the bike is well warmed through when you change the oil, most of the dirt will be gone. A few drops of remaining spent oil are no problem. Trying to use solvents to clean out the hardened residue in the corners will jeopardize the fresh oil's lubrication properties.
9) Replace the well cleaned drain plug,
using a new gasket, and tighten down snug. Don’t over tighten.
10) Using the funnel, fill your oil tank
with the correct amount of oil. Refer to your bike's manual or your Clymer repair manual (model specific).
11) Oil filter: Place oil drain pan
05-150 under filter (possibly in combination with PanAm oil slide (35-400). Remove oil filter. If it proves stubborn, this handy self-adjusting oil filter wrench 93-967 will get it off.
12) Apply a little fresh oil
to the filter's rubber seal. Place new filter on thread, screw on and tighten gently, using no tools.
13) Start the bike up and let it idle
a couple of minutes. If a puddle of oil forms under it, you forgot to properly tighten the new filter :)
14) Dispose of the spent oil and the filter responsibly.
Bingo. You’re clear for another well lubed season of potatering.