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    Motorcycle Maintenance: Oil Change

    October 18, 2016

    As promised, I cared for my motorcycle by giving it a much needed oil change.  First I paid a visit to my motorcycle mechanic to purchase an oil filter and new oil.

     

     

    Later, I convinced my best friend's husband, Greg, to help me with the job.

    After watching a few youtube videos, Greg helped me tackle the job of undoing the two bolts for the oil change.  Using literal man power, he loosened the two bolts from underneath the cycle.

     

     The bolt closest to the gear shift lever held the oil.  Image one offers a glimpse of that infamous bolt. 

     

    Because Greg loosened it, I was able to unwind the rest of the bolt and out came some pretty dark liquid.  

     

    Of course, we had a container to catch it all; however, I was not able to move my hand in time, so it, too, was covered in black gold.  Meanwhile, I telepathically apologized to my motorcycle for having neglected it.   

     

    Once all of the liquid drained out, I straddled the bike and shook it around to remove any remaining liquid.  

     

    Then, Greg helped me twist that bolt back in place.  

     

    All this without a center stand.

     

    The next job involved unwinding the bolt located on the right side; it held the oil filter (image two).  

     

    Again, Greg loosened the bolt, only this time he removed the outer square casing because it was too cumbersome for us to swap places; moreover, the casing was at risk of falling directly onto the cement flooring.   

     

    When he handed me the casing (which contained the oil filter), more dirty oil came out.  Thus, we moved the oil pan to catch all that remained.  

     

    In the meantime, I removed the old filter and gently dabbed the inside of the casing with a dry cloth to soak up any leftover sooty oil.  

     

    Then, I placed the new oil filter into its casing and handed it back to Greg.

     

    This part was the most tricky because he had to hold the casing up and in place while winding the bolt.  I decided to hold onto the bike to ensure that it did not shift in any unusual way.  

     

    Once the second bolt was in place and Greg was up and off of the garage floor, I used a funnel to add the clean oil into the bike (unwind the black cap pictured below to see where the oil goes).  

    Next, I waited.

     

    Then, I added more oil until the gauge showed enough had been poured, yet I waited about an hour and checked the gauge again.  

     

    More oil was needed.

     

    Why?  

     

    Remember how soaked the old oil filter was?  Well, common sense would tell us that the new filter would also absorb the fresh oil.  

     

    So, I added more and again checked the gauge.  

     

    Drum roll please.

     

    Tuh dah! 

     

    With a little sweat equity and patience, and significant help from Greg, my oil had been successfully changed for around $30.

     

    Not too bad for a novice.  

     

    In four-months, I have learned how to change my bike's speedometer cable, and how to change its oil.  

    Speaking of speedometer cables...

     

    Remember that youtube video I was going to make?

     

    I did that, too.

     

    Thanks again to Scott for showing me how to do the work and Paul for giving me the space and tools in which to do it.

     

    Until next time, my friend.  

     

     

     

     

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