Yamaha YZF-R1 has been the flagship brand of the super bike since he came close to putting the industry with its introduction in 1999. Powered by an engine cylinder packed in a flexible framework 998cc inline-four, the “R1” He smashed the scene of the race that was dominated at the time by heavy 750cc sport bikes. Now in its fourth form design, it has been proven over the last decade, both on the track and on the street. But with technological advances present in this modern racing bike, can the simple routine maintenance such as oil changes, done at home?
As with many initiatives, the success is proper preparation. Get the manual for the year and model of your R1 can provide a wealth of knowledge, above and beyond the details required for a change of engine oil and filter. In fact, the manual is the only tool that is invaluable. Besides the manual, be sure to have a new oil filter, 1 liter of oil, a key oil filter socket wrench and a metric socket head hex wrench. You may want to have a supply of towels or clean rags handy to wipe up any spills that occur. If you have access to a bicycle carrier, either to the front fork or the rear swing arm, it can help speed up the process and provide solid support for your motorcycle. Finally, make sure you have a good capture oil container to collect used motor oil.
Before you begin, you start turning on the bike and let it idle for a few minutes to warm the oil. The hot oil flows more easily, reducing the amount of time it takes to drain the engine. Make sure the engine is warm, not hot, to avoid getting burned. If you have a stand, put the bike in it. If not, it is okay to leave it on the easel. Place the container capture directly under the motorcycle engine and pull the oil drain plug, which is located just below the engine exhaust between connectors. Beware of hot pipes. Then remove the oil filter, which is located just below the radiator in the left front of the engine. Although not necessary, the left cowling removed for easier access. Let the oil drain until dripping stops.
Put new oil in the engine starting with the oil filter. Pour a small amount on the new filter and let sit for a few minutes to release air that may be trapped inside. While the filter rests, reinstall the drain plug perfectly but be careful not to over tighten or you will damage the threads of the plugs. Screw the new filter into place by hand until tight and adds the new oil over the top on the right side of the motor (clutch cover). The R1 used only less than 1 liter of oil, so no excess fill. Clean up spills and put up the motorcycle. While the motorcycle is running, slowly loosen the oil filter until a small amount of oil begins to escape from the space between the filter and the engine, then squeeze again. This is called “burps” oil filter; it is a trick used to purge the oil system of trapped air bubbles that may deprive the engine oil. Once the filter is pressed again, off the motorcycle and replaces the inner fairing.
Once you’ve got the oil filter and the “burp” clean up spilled oil, especially if you’ve received in the exhaust pipes. The oil is combusted rapidly in the heating pipes and smoke occurs easily, which may be an embarrassing situation and odorous. Finally, discard your used oil properly taking it to an auto parts store for recycling.