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How to Check Oil on a Virago 1100

Updated April 17, 2017

Owning a Yamaha Virago 1100 can be adventurous but maintaining upkeep can become expensive. A way to cut maintenance costs is to change the oil yourself. Regular oil changes can increase the life of your Virago's engine, and it's easy to do on your own.

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  1. Turn on the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes. This will help provide a more accurate reading of oil levels.

  2. Turn off the engine and place the bike on the centre kick stand. Locate the site glass. It is under the starter and above the shift lever. If the reading shows at halfway or above, then you have enough oil. If not, you may want to follow the following steps to change the oil.

  3. Turn on the motorcycle again and let it run for a couple of minutes. This will help the oil drain more quickly.

  4. Turn off the engine. Place a dripping pan under the oil drain plug. The plug is near the engine.

  5. Remove the filler cap and take off the drain bolt with a socket wrench. The oil may be hot, so use caution.

  6. Let the oil run into the dripping pan. This may take about 15 minutes. Wipe the drain plug clean while you wait.

  7. Replace the drain plug when the oil is done dripping. Securely tighten the plug but avoid overtightening.

  8. Place the funnel into the hole where the filler cap was removed. Pour in the recommended amount of oil according to the manual for your Virago.

  9. Replace the filler cap and restart the engine. Look for leaks from the drain bolt area. If you notice leaks, turn off the engine right away.

  10. Tip

    Use a new filter every other oil change to get the best results. Dispose of used oil properly.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dripping pan
  • Socket wrench
  • Towel or rag
  • Funnel
  • Oil (See your Virago 1100 manual for amount needed)

About the Author

Tammy Croft started in 2009 as a professional online editor and started writing articles professionally in 2010. She has written tips on IV set-up, nasal disorders and other health-related topics for various websites. Croft holds an Emergency Medical Technician license with the National Registry of Emergency Technicians.

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