How to change the oil on a CBR 600rr and 1000rr

Changing the oil on a Honda CBR 600rr or CBR 1000rr is pretty easy and well worth the money it can save you in the future for engine repairs. If you use your CBR for pleasure and don’t ride it on the track, I recommend you change your oil every 4,000 miles. Advancements in oil technology have come a long way in the last couple decades so it’s possible to get away with even longer intervals, however, you should never wait longer than 8,000 miles. Before you get started it’s important to make sure you have the required materials.


  • Allen wrench
  • Phillips screw driver
  • 3 quarts of 10w40
  • Filter (Honda filter is not needed, but is recommended)
  • Filter wrench (available at any automotive store)

Changing oil on a CBR

How to change oil

  1. Start by removing the left middle fairing. There are pop rivets that attach the middle fairing to the inner fairing that have Phillips heads. Give them a quarter revolution turn counter-clock wise to free the fairing.
  2. Start the bike and let it warm up to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows the fluid to flow easily and drain out of the engine faster. Make sure you do this after step one to avoid burning yourself.
  3. Underneath the bike there is a drain plug. It’s a bolt located near the headers under the engine. Place a container underneath it to catch the oil and unscrew the bolt. Be careful not to let the plug fall into your oil pan because the oil is going to come out hot. You’ll have to wait for it to cool to retrieve the plug if it falls in the pan.
    Drain plug
  4. Unscrew the oil filter and put it into the box that the new one came in. Make sure to wrap it in a grocery bag so you don’t make a mess. Dip your finger in the old oil and put a thin layer on the seal of the new filter. Screw it in hand tight and then tighten it the rest of the way with the filter wrench.
    Removing oil filter
  5. Next, remove the black plug on the side of your engine. Poor the full three quarts of 10W40 using a funnel.
  6. Three  quarts should be the perfect amount, however, it’s recommended after any oil change you check it before running. Grab the bike by the handle bar and passenger peg and tilt it so that the bike is sitting straight up and off the kick stand. There’s a clear glass viewing hole towards the bottom of the bike. The oil should be between the top and bottom notches. If it’s over you’ll have to drain some of it out to avoid over pressurizing your engine.
    Funneling in oil
  7. Replace the center fairing.  You’ll have to turn the pop rivets clock wise to secure the outer fairing to the inner one.

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