Originally posted by viocurse
i've never changed the oil on a bike before. i heard 5 quarts?
More like 3 quarts. Your owner's manual will tell you how much, how often, and what kind. The synthetic/dinosaur debate has become religious, so I won't even offer an opinion.
1. take plastic off
2. drain through plug thing
3. change filter
The drain plug is sealed with an aluminum crush washer, probably 12mm, that should be replaced each time. Get a new one at your dealer. When installing the plug with a new washer, tighten enough to crush the washer but not much more. Use a torque wrench and follow the spec in the manual to get it right.
The filter is most easily removed and installed with a special oil filter wrench. Get one at your dealer. Before installing the new filter, wipe clean the sealing surface on the engine and coat the O-ring with fresh oil. Do not
overtighten the filter or you'll have a helluva time getting it off. Again, use a torque wrench to get it right. It should be only a little more than hand tight.
what kind of chain oil do you guys use?
I use Pro Honda, but there are plenty of other good products out there. Again, a religious issue.