This bike is known for not using oil and responds well to different flavors of dino or synthetic oils. Your bike will let you know what it likes as you try some different options in oil selection. Lately I've been using Royal Purple 20W50 Synthetic, which in my opinion has given good results of lower engine noise and possibly a cooler running engine.
I like to change my oil at 5000-mile intervals with the synthetic oil and have found the procedure of changing it quite simple. A one beer job, unless you are like me and tend to sit back and admire the beauty of the bike. So lets take a look at this simple procedure.
- Rubber mallet
- Shallow drain pan
- Small oil filter wrench
- 3/8" 17mm socket, small extension, and rachet
- Two each 2x4 boards screwed together
- 3/8" torque wrench
- 17mm craftsman box-end wrench cut short
First, I get 4 quarts of oil and a new filter. I've been using the Super tech ST7317 filter that is available at Wal-Mart for a couple bucks. I find that my valve train noise is much quieter with this filter. With its larger capacity, it also adds more volume to the system as well. I do my oil changes after a good long ride as this keeps the contaminates in suspension to drain out better. It also lets the oil flow out faster during the draining. The down side is you can get burned by the hot oil if you are not quick on the drain plugs. My advise is to be quick! I set the bike up level by using two 2x4 boards screwed together under the kickstand. Be sure the handlebars are turned to the left. With the bike sitting this level, a good bump can send it over onto it's side so be careful. I then take the seat off and unscrew the dipstick but do not remove it. This allows air into the system to speed up the draining.
I have a shallow plastic drain pan that slides easily under the bike. I put it near the front engine drain bolt, which is located just inside of the kickstand pivot area. I have a craftsman 17mm box end wrench that I cut off. It is just long enough so it does not hit the floor. I tap it with a rubber mallet and loosen the drain plug. With the drain pan in place, unscrew the drain plug and slip it out quickly as the oil runs into the pan. Clean the plug and set it aside.
While the front plug is draining, I grab my oil filter wrench and loosen the filter just enough so I can turn it by hand, but not enough so it leaks. Once the front plug hole is done draining, I screw the plug back in and snug it down and wipe off any remaining oil drips. I then slide the drain pan under the filter and unscrew it enough to drain.
While the filter is draining, I take my 17mm cut box wrench and tighten the front plug. I give it a good tap with the rubber mallet and call it done. If you would like to torque the plug, the manual calls for 31 ft lbs of torque. When the filter is done draining, I spin it off and wipe down the filter base. I take the new filter and apply a light coat of fresh oil to the seal and spin it on hand tight. If you wrench it on tight then you will have quite a time removing it next time The rear oil tank drain bolt is also a 17mm. I use a 3/8" drive 17mm socket with a short extension on a rachet. Once it is turning freely, I slide the oil pan under it and remove the plug. Remember to be quick. I then clean the plug and set it aside.
When the rear plug hole is done draining, I screw the plug back in and tighten it up, Wipe up any drips remaining. Now it is time to put in the oil. One cool thing about the Roadie is it has an oil tank. This serves many purposes, but in respect to an oil change, it does require some consideration. I use a funnel and pour in 2 quarts of oil. I then put the dipstick back in and tighten it. If you do not put the dipstick back in before starting the engine, you are going to have a big oil mess to clean. So make sure it is in and tight. Start the bike and allow it to run for around 15 seconds to allow the oil to pump from the oil tank to the engine crankcase. Then shut the bike off and add 2 more quarts of oil. Reinstall the dipstick and tighten it. I then fire the bike up and kick back for a minute to observe for any leaks at the drain plugs or filter.
Clean up the oil bottles and put the tools up. After I wash my hands, I'll take the bike out for a good ride to warm it up. When I get home, I set it back on the 2x4"s for about 5 minutes. I recheck the oil level with the dipstick setting on the threads, not screwed in. If it is anywhere between the good range on the dipstick then I tighten the dipstick and call the job done. Very simple job which takes a short amount of time and saves you a lot of bucks from the dealer.
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|Written by YahMaHa, on 06-01-2013 16:18 |
Written by Doccuke, on 05-14-2013 20:53
Just throwing in my 2 cents, as we all know, EVERYONE has an opinion on oil, with that said this is my opinion from my experiences.
I have a 2002 Roadstar I bought brand new in November 2001. It has 78K miles on it now, still runs great. For the first 8 years I used yamalube 20W/40 dino oil. After that I switched tp Yamalube semisyn 20W/50. It seems to work really well in both my Roadstar( The Purple People Eater) and my 2007 Stratoliner. In the case of the stratoliner I found it had more top end noise with full syn oil, which seems to be a common problem with the liner 1853cc and the Roadie's 1602 & 1670CC. I only have 20K miles on my strat, I bought it in June 2010 with 1800 miles on it from the original owner!!
In any event I have found that the yamalube semisyn 20W/50 works really well in both my bikes and my wife's Vstar 1300 as well. I have found a local dealer that sells me the oil at $9 a quart which is not too bad. I do the oil and filter every 3K in all 3 bikes. Oh and I use the K&N filter on all 3 bikes that has a 17MM bolthead on the end of the filter making it much easier to remove and replace.
So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! Hope y'all have a great summer of riding!!
Keep smiling & ridin
|Good Info, but My Dipstick shows oil lev|
Written by Joe Turbo, on 05-03-2013 21:45
Good article, relevant since 2005. I just changed my oil today, Royal Purple 20w50 Max-Cycle. After draining Oil Tank and crankcase and filling up with 4 Qts oil (no filter change this time), the dip stick still shows to bottom of the checked lines. The last oil change I missed the Oil tank drain (did not know it existed), and over filled. Anyway I may try to add another 6 to 8 oz. to see if that works....
|My Oil Change|
Written by Bobsweb, on 10-16-2012 15:36
I used Mobil 1 full synthetiv v-twin with a Bosch filter and it works great in my Road Star and the clutch works just fine also no problem. Mt two sence, Bob
|Written by jabarrett07, on 08-25-2012 23:43 |
does the oil lube the clutch?
|How Much Oil?|
Written by wjhendricks, on 08-25-2012 12:36
4.0 Qts is PERFECT!
Written by gringodave, on 08-08-2012 22:30
The pics helped a lot. But you must drink slow. It took me 3 beers. Thanks!
Written by BubbaKahuna, on 07-07-2012 12:16
Maybe your dealer told you that or you heard it form someone else, but I work at a Yamaha/Star dealership, ride a Roadstar and use full synthetic oil in my bike. CAR oil can screw up your clutch plates, no matter if it's synthetic a blend or anything else. If it has any type of 'friction modifier' in it, it will damage your clutch plates. You can use any oil without friction modifiers in your Roadstar. I've been using Amsoil 20-50 full synthetic in my 2006 Roadstar since it hit 2000 miles & it's now at 22,000 miles with no slipping on the original clutches.
Written by staid07, on 02-10-2012 15:46
i have a 2000 1600 and im changing the oil for the first time what kind of oil should i use
Written by Shadowman, on 01-14-2012 20:41
I've always had the dealer put Yamalube 15-50 full synthetic in mine and they have never said anything about it.
Never had a clutch problem either.
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