Instructions for Oil Changes on a Honda VFR

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Instructions for Oil Changes on a Honda VFR
The VFR is a high performance Honda superbike. (motorbike image by Crisps85 from

Changing the oil on some of today's super street bikes can be tricky. With body panels and exhaust in the way, finding the right tools to do the job and mastering the right techniques can be tricky. Honda dealers rely on the ability of mechanics to perform oil changes quickly, so it can be done.

Drain the Oil

Place a drain pan under the bike. Remove the oil cap followed by the oil plug, and allow the oil to drain into the pan. Once the oil is done draining, replace the oil drain plug.

Remove the Filter

Move the drain pan under the filter. Unless you wish to remove the exhaust, you will need a special filter wrench to remove the filter. This can be purchased from your dealer. Move the cooler hose out of the way, and apply a thin film of oil to the inside of the wrench. Do not force the wrench on to the filter; instead, simply slide it on and then loosen. The filter may be tight from the factory, so the first oil change may be more difficult.

Replace the Filter and the Oil

Apply a thin coat of new oil to the filter gasket. Tighten the new filter only hand-tight, plus a quarter turn. In order to avoid overtightening, do not use the filter wrench to install the filter. Fill the motorcycle with genuine Honda oil or an aftermarket oil designed for use in motorcycles.

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