If you’re changing your Kymco scooter or motorcycle’s engine oil you’ve come to the right place.
This chooser will help you find the best engine oil grade to keep your bike running smoothly.
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Choosing the right oil filter for your Kymco
If you’re changing your engine oil, it makes sense to change the oil filter too. An oil filter removes tiny particles from the oil, helping to keep the oil fresher and work to its best ability for longer. A new filter costs a few quid and it only takes a couple of minutes to change.
We’ve put together this [manufacturer oil filter chart] to help you pick the best oil filter for your motorcycle.
How To Change Your Motorcycle’s Oil
If you’ve never changed your motorcycle’s oil before, you might be apprehensive but you needn’t be. With the right tools, anyone can change their engine oil in under an hour. We’ve put together this simple guide to help you through your first motorcycle oil change.
Kymco Engine Oil Chart
|Make||Model||Engine oil||Oil Capacity|
|KYMCO||AGILITY 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||AGILITY 50 4T||15W-40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||AGILITY 50 RS 2T||1.1 L 2-T Ã¶L|
|KYMCO||AGILITY CITY 50|
|KYMCO||AGILITY CITY+ 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||AGILITY MAXI 300I|
|KYMCO||AK 550I (EURO 4)||5W50||2.6 – 2.7 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||CK 125||15W-40 MINERAL||1.0 L|
|KYMCO||CK1 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||COBRA CROSS 100|
|KYMCO||COBRA CROSS 50||2-Stroke Oil||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||COBRA RACER 100|
|KYMCO||COBRA RACER 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||DINK 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||DINK 250||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||DINK 50 LC||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||DJ 125 S||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||DJ 50 (2-Stroke-Oil)||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||DJ 50 S (4-Stroke)||10W40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||DOWNTOWN 125I||10W40||900 ML – 1.0 L|
|KYMCO||DOWNTOWN 300I / ABS||10W50||1.1 – 1.3 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||FEVER II 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.5 L|
|KYMCO||FEVER ZX 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.0 L|
|KYMCO||FILLY 50/LX||15W-40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 125||10W40||800 – 900 ML|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 125I||10W40||800 – 900 ML|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 250||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 300I||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||GRAND DINK 50/S||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||HEROISM 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||HEROISM 150||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||HEROISM 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||K 12||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||KB 50 EDITION/METEORIT|
|KYMCO||K-PIPE 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||K-XCT 300I||5W50||1.3 L|
|KYMCO||KXR 250 SPORTS||10W40||1.4 L|
|KYMCO||LIKE 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||LIKE 200I||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||LIKE 50 (2-Stroke-Oil)||2-Stroke Oil||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||LIKE 50 (4-Stroke)||15W-40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||LIKE II 125I CBS/ABS / EXCLUSIVE||10W40 or 15W-40||0.8 – 0.9 L API SL|
|KYMCO||MAXXER 300/WIDE||10W40||1.4 L|
|KYMCO||MAXXER 450 I||5W50 S||2.2 – 2.4 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||METEORIT CRUISER 125|
|KYMCO||MOVIE 150 /XL|
|KYMCO||MOVIE S 125 I||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||MOVIE XL 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||MX 150||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||MXER 150||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||MXER 50||2-Stroke Oil||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 250||10W40||1.4 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 300||10W40||1.4 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 300 R||10W40||1.4 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 450I 4WD/LOF||5W50 API SJ FS||2.2 – 2.4 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 500 2WD/4WD||10W40||3.0 – 3.2 L|
|KYMCO||MXU 550 EXI||5W50 S||3.0 – 3.2 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||MXU 700 EXI||5W50 S||2.4 – 2.6 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||MYROAD 700I ABS||10W50||2.4 – 2.6 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||NEW DINK 125|
|KYMCO||NEW DINK 200I|
|KYMCO||NEW DINK 50|
|KYMCO||NEW DOWNTOWN 125I (EURO 4)|
|KYMCO||NEW DOWNTOWN 350I (EURO 4)|
|KYMCO||NEW SENTO 50I||10W40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||NEXXON 50||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE 250||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE 50 (2-Stroke-Oil)||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE GT 125 I||10W40||900 ML – 1.0 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE GT 300I||10W50||1.1 – 1.3 L API SJ|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE ONE 125I|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE S 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE S 200I||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE S 300I||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||PEOPLE S 50 (4-Stroke)||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||PULSAR 125 I||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||PULSAR 125 II||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||QUANNON 125||10W40||1.0 L|
|KYMCO||QUANNON 125 NAKED||10W40||1.0 L|
|KYMCO||SENTO 50||10W40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||STRYKER 125 I/II||10W40||1.0 L|
|KYMCO||SUPER 8 125||10W40||800 ML|
|KYMCO||SUPER 8 50 (2-Stroke-Oil)||2-Stroke Oil||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||SUPER 8 50 (4-Stroke)||10W40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||SUPER 9 125|
|KYMCO||SUPER 9 250|
|KYMCO||SUPER 9 50 AC||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||SUPER 9 50 LC||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||TOP BOY 100|
|KYMCO||TOP BOY 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||VITALITY 50 (2-Stroke-Oil)||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||VITALITY 50 (4-Stroke)||15W-40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||XCITING 250||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||XCITING 250I||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||XCITING 300I R||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||XCITING 500 (VERGASER)||10W40||2.0 – 2.1 L|
|KYMCO||XCITING 500 I/R/ABS (EINSPRITZUNG)||10W40||2.0 – 2.1 L|
|KYMCO||XCITING S 400I|
|KYMCO||X-TOWN 125 I 125 ABS||5W50 or 10W50||API SJ|
|KYMCO||X-TOWN 300I (EURO 4)|
|KYMCO||YAGER 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||YAGER 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||YAGER GT 125||10W40||900 ML|
|KYMCO||YAGER GT 200I||10W40||800 – 900 ML|
|KYMCO||YAGER GT 50||10W40||700 ML|
|KYMCO||YUP 50||2-Stroke Ext Tank||1.1 L|
|KYMCO||ZING 125||10W40||1.0 L|
Recommended Motorcycle Engine Oils
The table below shows all the different engine oils available for four-stroke motorcycle engines. We’ve listed them by viscosity. Then we’ve listed the best motorcycle engine oil available in each viscosity, from Mineral-based engine oils to Semi-Synthetic, right up to Fully Synthetic and even top-quality ester-based oils.
The table has been compiled from owner reviews and ratings and manufacturer-specified oil, where applicable.
Fully Synthetic. Ester-based oil to ensure maximum power output of the engine without compromising the reliability and the wear. Used by Factory race teams. Ideal for wet clutches. Quality doesn’t come cheap.
Fully Synthetic. For racing and performance motorcycles where excellence is the only option. Specially researched synthetic esters provide exceptional film strength and outstanding surface protection from start-up to maximum output..
Fully Synthetic. This ultra high performance 4-stroke motorcycle engine oil offers improved fuel economy and engine performance, rapid oil circulation on cold start, excellent lubrication under all conditions, and superior wet clutch performance.
Semi-Synthetic. Particularly suitable for tuned engines or those used in hot climates. Utilising an ester base. Ensures rapid oil circulation on a cold start, excellent lubrication under all conditions, and superior wet clutch performance. API SL, & JASO MA2.
Fully Synthetic. One of the best fully-synthetic motorcycle engine oils. Ester-based oil, which is of the highest quality. Very high film strength protects the engine and gearbox. Meets JASO MA. Ideal for oil immersed clutches. Compatible with catalytic converters.
Fully Synthetic. Elf’s Moto4 is designed for high-performance four-stroke engines. Its additives improve viscosity rating and thicken the oil at high temperatures, whilst maintaining its fluidity at low temperatures.
Fully Synthetic. Ultimate performance fully synthetic motorcycle oil for all high demanding 4 stroke engines including racing engines. Offers ultimate lubrication at peak performance levels. Outstanding shear stability and ageing resistance, low evaporation tendency.
Semi-Synthetic. Designed for the latest generation European and Japanese motorcycles. 15W-50 is well suited for large air-cooled single, twins and high mileage engines that require good high-temperature viscosity and oil consumption control.
Fully Synthetic. 100% synthetic 4-Stroke lubricant with Ester technology. Engineered for 2 cylinder engines and meets Harley Davidson spec. Meets JASO MA2 specifications for optimal wet clutch performance and suitable for catalytic converters.
Mineral based. Mineral oil based 4-stroke engine oil for all Harley Davidson & Metric V-Twin Cruisers. Provides protection over a wide range of operating conditions. Promotes a high level of engine cleanliness.
Motorcycle Engine Oil FAQ
Can I use car engine oil in my motorcycle?
This can be risky. Even though you can and will find car oil with the same viscosity ratings (i.e. 10w40) as for motorcycle engines, the additives in the oil will be different. Most cars use a separate gearbox oil and most cars have a dry clutch. So a car oil could make your clutch slip or knacker your gearbox. If you're buying a bike that's been run on car oil, beware!
Does engine oil have an expiry date?
Engine oils have an expiry date which means the performance levels can no longer be guaranteed. However if your oil hasn't been opened, it'll take years and years for it to degrade. If your oil has been opened and is a couple of years out of date, it'll most likely be absolutely fine. However, if you've already opened it and it's 5 years out of date you'll be better off buying fresh oil as the additives in the oil may have oxidised and lost their qualities.
What are the most critical areas where the oil flows?
For a motorcycle engine, the critical engine areas are the piston assembly, bearings and valve train. The engine oill also lubricates the clutch (but not if your motorcycle has a dry clutch) and your motorcycle's gearbox.
What does my oil filter do and do I need to replace it?
The oil filter traps foreign particles and debris that are introduced into the oil by normal riding. These particles can be anything from carbon deposits to small metal particles from your motorcycle's engine. These particles can lead to engine damage, while a blocked filter may lead to oil starvation and ultimately engine failure. An oil filter costs just a few pounds, so it makes sense to change this every time you do an oil change.
What is the difference between a mineral, semi-synthetic, and full-synthetic engine oil?
Mineral oils are refined from petroleum, but even mineral oils contain some synthetic compounds or additives to improve them. Semi-synthetic oils are a blend of mineral and synthetic oils. They have definite improvements over pure mineral oils. Semi-synthetics can contain “hydrocracked” bases. Hydrocracked oils are mineral oils that have been subjected to intense pressure and temperature to change the structure of the molecules, making the resultant oil more stable and resistant to evaporation at higher temperatures. Semi-synthetic oils don’t cost much more than mineral oils do, but offer advantages over the latter.
Why does a 2-stroke oil have to be mixed with fuel?
A 2-stroke engine is built and runs differently to a 4-stroke one. A 4-stroke engine keeps most of its oil in its crankcase and oil sump and recirculates this oil to lubricate the engine. With a 2-stroke engine, the process is somewhat different. Here, there is no oil sump as the crankcase deals with the compression and induction of the fuel/air mix. The only way, therefore, to provide oil to the engine for lubrication is by adding it to the fuel. As this oil is burnt with the fuel, it can’t be recirculated. A specific 2-stroke oil is needed as 4-stroke oil would leave damaging deposits behind when it burns.
Is any engine oil better than no engine oil?
Yes, but when it comes to motorcycles, the 'right' engine oil is better than 'any' engine oil!
Why do some engines burn oil?
Unfortunately, some types of engines just use more oil than others due to their design. Here, the burnt oil can leave damaging deposits behind, meaning these engines often need more top overhauls. However, if a touring engine uses more oil than is necessary, changing to a lighter grade of oil often solves the problem.
Can I top up my engine with a different type of oil?
As long as you don’t mix a 2-stroke oil with a 4-stroke oil, you can safely top your engine up with a different type of oil. You probably wouldn’t want to mix different grades, say, a 5W-30 synthetic with a 20W-50 mineral oil, but if you do, it likely wouldn’t do any harm.
Do I need to warm up my engine before riding?
The oil needs to be warm, but, even better, hot, especially when riding at speed. When cold oil is pumped into an engine, cavitation (bubbles of vacuum within the oil) is likely to occur. This, in essence, means that the engine does not receive enough oil for it to run optimally at speed. Warmer, and so thinner, oil ensures that the engine not only receives enough oil, but that all moving parts within it can work optimally. Ideally, use a 5W-40 or 10W-40 oil and ensure the engine warms up properly for a few km before speeding up.
Do I need to regularly change my oil?
If you tend to drive short distances with a low annual mileage, regular oil changes are vital, irrelevant of whether the minimum mileage for an oil change was reached or not. Water vapour and fuel tend to make their way into the oil, and, unless you drive long distances, they never have the chance to evaporate. This can cause damages like corrosion, gear tooth pitting, and ring and bore wear. Long-distance riders with a high annual mileage who use a high-quality oil can afford to be a little more relaxed on the oil changes.
What's the best type of oil to use in a road bike?
Your ideal choice of oil would be an ester semi-synthetic 10W-40 or a 10W-30 that is also shear-stable. The fact that the oil is shear-stable is more important than the fact that it is semi-synthetic. You are still better off choosing shear-stable mineral-based oil than a low-quality semi-synthetic one that isn’t shear-stable. Only for frequent long-distance riders would the cost of a full-synthetic oil be worth it, as it can help save on oil changes and fuel costs.
How does oil 'cling' onto the engine's internals?
Where there is high-speed rotation in the engine, e.g. with a plain bearing, the high speed draws a thick layer of oil between the two surfaces, like a wedge. Here, this oil supports and carries the load of these surfaces. As soon as the spinning stops, however, either due to the slowing down or stopping of the engine, this wedged oil gives way. Where no rotation occurs in an engine, oil cannot form this thick wedged layer to protect metal surfaces. Here, oil provides a thin protective film and often relies on anti-wear agents, detergents, and anti-oxidant chemicals to help protect from metal-to-metal contact.
Questions? Tips, Errors?
We work hard to keep our motorcycle oil chooser up to date but if you spot any errors or you can help us fill out any missing info, we’d love to hear from you. Likewise, if you have a question, just enter it in the comments box below and we’ll get back to you straight away. Thank you!