Oil Change XV920

Question:

  • What is the oil capacity for the engine, and what is the best oil weight to use? {Brian, NC 1983 Yamaha Virago XV920}

  • Answer:

    When performing an oil and filter change on the 1983 Yamaha XV920, aka Virago 920, you will be adding 3.25 quarts of oil to the engine. The engine total capacity is a little more than this. Always check your oil dipstick with your bike upright, on level ground.

    We recommend using motorcycle oil in bikes due to the high RPMs and heat. The weight you will need will vary slightly according to the temperatures in your area. I feel that a 10W30 oil will be best suited for North Carolina during all of your riding season.

    Important Note:

    Never use automotive oil additives containing Teflon. It will turn your oil level sight glass white.


    For the last 12-15 years or so, we have been using Bel-Ray Motorcycle Oils. They are specifically designed to perform in the high temperature, high RPM engines of Japanese motorcycles and dirt bikes. They come in 3 main formulations EXL, EXP & EXS.

    It can be expensive compared to whatever you can pick up in the auto parts store on your way home from work. It doesn't matter too much what oil you use in your lawn mower, but your bike is a much larger investment with smaller tolerances. I would lay out the money for Bel-Ray.

    EXL Premium Motor Oil is Bel-Ray's standard, petroleum oil.

    EXP Extra Premium Motor Oil is their semi-synthetic oil.

    EXS Synthetic Superbike Motor Oil is a full synthetic oil.

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