Changing the oil and filter on a Yamaha Fazer FZS 600 should be the the easiest thing to do. And for the most part it's as difficult or as easy as any other bike. Drain the oil, remove the filter, replace the drain plug and fit a new filter, then fill with oil. Hmmmmmm
This has happened twice. I fill the bike with oilt until it's about half way up the sight glass. I run the engine for 4 or 5 minutes to make sure the oil's filled the filter and got around the engine. I then leave the bike to stand for 10 minutes while I clear up and put the old oil into an old container. Then I recheck the oil and top up until the level's a few millimetres below the top of the sight glass.
No problem. Then I ride the bike. This time round I took the bike for a 30 mile round trip. I park the bike up and let it settle whilst I take off my bike gear and roll a smoke. I recheck the oil...to find it's up above the sight glass. I let it settle for another 10 minutes but sure enough it's still overfull.
I've done this before. I have a large syringe and a piece of tube I use to drain off the excess. This time round I've removed quarter of a litre! Where the hell is it coming from? Surely if nothing else it should drop slightly as any empty crevaces are filled. I have considered expension, the oil may be more voluminous when it's hot, but this surely cannot amke for much difference at all. I honestly cannot work out what is happening.
I'm more than open to suggestions. Please post any ideas below.
There is one other problem. This time round the filter's been on for about a year. I tend to change it every other oil change, that's oil every 3,000 and filter every 6,000 miles. I always expect the filter to be dirty and caked in road tar and muck, but this filter this time was rusty. Not a tad of rust, I mean rusty to the point of potential failure. I reckon another few months of hard rain and it would have started to leak, with potentially disasterous results.
Unfortunately I can't recall what make the filter is, and any markings have long since been blasted off with road spray. I bought a genuine Yamaha one this time round and I hope that proves much more robust. That said, it cost £14, that's twice what you'd pay for a pattern item. It was never a problem on the NTV, the filter's hidden round the back of the engine and out of the worst of the weather, the Fazer's filter is up front between the exhaust pipes and catches every piece of rain, road tar, dirt and stone that flies up off the front wheel. It could do with some protection, we'll see how robust the Yamaha one is first.
It's not the best image, but you can see the rust forming.