How to Change Your Oil on a Yamaha 2006 Roadstar 1700

by Gregory CrewsUpdated November 07, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Motorcycle stand

  • Socket set

  • Socket wrench

  • Hex key set

  • Drain pan

  • 6 qts 20W50 synthetic motorcycle oil

  • Rag

Changing the oil in a 2006 Yamaha Roadstar 1700 is a quick and simple procedure. There are two different places to drain the oil from and refill it. An oil change will ensure the engine is properly lubricated and all the moving parts do not break down from overheating. Always replace the filter when changing the oil as this will ensure the oil gets the maximum use.

Balance the bike on a stand to ensure the bike does not tip over. The bike will be easy to tip if it is on the kickstand. Grab the seat by the sides and pull it off the bike. This will expose the dipstick/oil fill cap.

Locate the two drain plugs under the bike. There will be a drain plug directly under the engine on the engine oil drain pan. There is also a drain plug at the bottom of the crank case. Place a drain pan under both the oil pans.

Unscrew both of the drain plugs with a socket wrench and a 17mm socket attached to the wrench. Allow all the oil to drain out of the pans. This process will take up to 15 minutes. Screw the drain plugs back in to the drain pan when the process is complete.

Unscrew the oil filter located on the engine with a cap-style oil filter wrench. Spread a small amount of oil on to the new filter gasket. Tighten the filter to the bike by hand. This will ensure the threads do not get stripped out by overtightening.

Locate the plug behind the rear cylinder and unscrew it with a 10mm hex wrench. Pour in 3 qts of 20W50 motorcycle oil into the opening. Using a funnel will help decrease the chance of making a mess. Tighten the plug with the socket wrench.

Twist the dipstick off the top of the engine. Pour in the remaining 2 qts of oil in the engine. Wipe the dipstick off with a clean rag and insert the dipstick back into the engine. Pull it back out and verify the oil level is between the two hash marks on the dipstick. Pour in 1/4 qts intervals and check until it reads full on the dipstick.

Screw in the dipstick/oil fill cap. Start the bike and allow it to idle for 5 minutes. Turn the bike off and check the oil once more.

Push the seat back on over the engine.


Yamaha recommends a synthetic 20W50 engine oil for better performance and lubrication.


Contact a recycling center for disposal of the waste oil and filter.

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