4. Oil Change


We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Changing a motorcycle’s oil is one of the most important – if not the most important – maintenance tasks one can perform for its engine. All those expensive moving parts within the engine won’t last very long without a coating of quality lubricant preventing metal-on-metal violence. Now, consider the corrosive chemicals that can build up in an engine’s oil during regular use. Letting it sit inside the engine for months, potentially eating away at expensive parts, is not a good thing. Leaving your engine full of fresh oil during its long winter’s nap will have your bike ready to ride the moment the snow melts. Besides, you can only go so many months without any oil under your fingernails.

MO Wrenching: How To Change Your Oil + Video

  • Alexander Pityuk

    I try extremely hard to not think and forget about my bikes during the winter. So no maintenance mid-season for me.

  • Born to Ride

    I thought winterizing your ride meant putting on a layer of thermal underpants? Oh wait, this article must be for the poor miserable souls that don’t have a 365 and 1/4 day riding season. God, how I pity them…

  • Old MOron

    Well, I’d been avoiding this article because I hate maintenance, and because I live in SoCal, anyway. But this is good advice and well-written. Just the other day, I was lamenting that my wear bars are nearing prominence. Aw shucks, I’ll have to get off my ass soon.