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Whether you’re commuting on a Bandit, doing trackdays on your GSX-R or discovering foreign roads on your V-Strom, you need the right engine oil to keep your Suzuki’s engine performing exactly how those clever Japanese engineers designed it to.

Our engine oil selector below shows you the recommended engine oil for your bike, including the capacity where possible.

We’ve linked to a range of engine oils for each grade, so you can pick the best oil for your bike or budget.

We have researched the right oil to the best of our ability but it goes without saying: always consult your owner’s manual where you will find the manufacturer’s recommended engine oil.

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Suzuki Engine Oil Chart

We’ve listed all the Suzuki motorcycles and scooters we can find, the manufacturer’s recommended engine oil and the oil capacity (minimum and maximum where possible).KeyWe’ve also included a few acronyms to help you. FS = Fully Synthetic. S = Synthetic. API = American Petrol Institute, which signifies a standard. JASO MA = Oil for motorcycles with wet clutches. SG = An oil rating. Choose an oil that is SG or higher, ie SH, SM etc, but not SD for example. Ext Tank = Eternal Oil Tank, not Premix.
MakeModelEngine oilOil Capacity
SUZUKIADDRESS 11010W40650 – 700 ML API SG
SUZUKIADDRESS UK 110 NE10W40650 – 700 ML API SG
SUZUKIAH 100 ADDRESS
SUZUKIAH 50 ADDRESS
SUZUKIAN 12510W40700 – 750 ML API SE
SUZUKIAN 250 BURGMAN10W401.9 – 2.0 L
SUZUKIAN 400 BURGMAN10W401.9 – 2.0 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 400 BURGMAN10W401.9 – 2.0 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 400 BURGMAN10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 400 BURGMAN (ABS)10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SG
SUZUKIAN 400 BURGMAN/Z (ABS)10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 650 ABS BURGMAN10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 650 BURGMAN10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKIAN 650 Z ABS BURGMAN EXECUTIVE10W402.6 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIAP 502-Stroke Ext Tank800 ML
SUZUKIAY 50 KATANA2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIAY 50 KATANA2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIB-KING (GSX 1300 BK)10W403.1 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIC 1500 INTRUDER10W403.7 – 4.3 L API SF
SUZUKIC 1500 T INTRUDER10W403.0 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIC 1800 R INTRUDER (VLR 1800)10W403.4 – 3.6 L API SF
SUZUKIC 800 INTRUDER10W403.0 – 3.4 L API SF
SUZUKIC 800 INTRUDER10W403.0 – 3.4 L MIN API SF
SUZUKICP 502-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIDL 1000 V-STROM10W402.7 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKIDL 1000 V-STROM10W402.7 – 3.1 L API SG
SUZUKIDL 1000 V-STROM (EURO 4)10W402.7 – 3.1 L API SG
SUZUKIDL 1000 V-STROM XT (EURO 4)10W402.7 – 3.1 L API SG
SUZUKIDL 1050 V-STROM RQ (EURO 5)10W40MIN API SG
SUZUKIDL 1050 V-STROM XT RC (EURO 5)10W40MIN API SG
SUZUKIDL 250 V-STROM (EURO 4)10W402.1 – 2.2 L API SG
SUZUKIDL 650 A V-STROM (L2)10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SH
SUZUKIDL 650 V-STROM10W402.3 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKIDL 650 V-STROM (EURO 4)10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SH
SUZUKIDL 650 V-STROM / ABS10W402.3 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKIDL 650 V-STROM XT (EURO 4)10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SH
SUZUKIDL 650 V-STROM XT10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SH
SUZUKIDR 125 S10W401.0 L
SUZUKIDR 125 S10W40850 – 950 ML
SUZUKIDR 125 SE10W40850 – 950 ML API SE
SUZUKIDR 125 SM10W40900 ML – 1.0 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 250 S10W401.2 – 1.3 L
SUZUKIDR 250 S10W401.2 – 1.3 L
SUZUKIDR 350 S/SH10W401.7 – 1.9 L
SUZUKIDR 350 SE10W401.7 – 1.9 L
SUZUKIDR 350 SE10W401.7 – 1.9 L
SUZUKIDR 400 S10W40API SF
SUZUKIDR 500 S20W401.6 – 1.8 L
SUZUKIDR 600 S/R(U)/DAKAR (H-K)10W402.3 – 2.45 L
SUZUKIDR 650 R/RU10W402.0 – 2.15 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 650 RE/REU10W402.0 – 2.15 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 650 RS/RSU10W402.0 – 2.2 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 650 RSE/RSEU10W402.0 – 2.15 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 650 S/SU10W402.0 – 2.15 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 650 SE/SEU10W402.3 – 2.4 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 750 S/SU BIG10W402.5 – 2.7 L
SUZUKIDR 800 S BIG (M-V MODELL)10W402.6 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKIDR 800/U BIG (L-MODELL)10W402.6 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKIDR-Z 400 S (SE)10W401.7 – 1.8 L API SF
SUZUKIDR-Z 400 SM10W401.7 – 1.8 L API SF
SUZUKIFL 125 ADDRESS10W40800 – 900 ML API SF
SUZUKIGLADIUS SFV 650 / ABS10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SF
SUZUKIGN 12510W40890 – 950 ML
SUZUKIGN 125 R10W40850 – 950 ML API SF
SUZUKIGN 125 R10W40850 – 950 ML API SF
SUZUKIGN 25010W401.3 – 1.4 L
SUZUKIGN 400 TD10W401.6 – 1.8 L
SUZUKIGR 650/X10W402.4 – 2.8 L
SUZUKIGS 1000 D/E20W403.0 L
SUZUKIGS 1000 G10W403.0 – 3.3 L
SUZUKIGS 1000 GL10W403.0 – 3.3 L
SUZUKIGS 1000 L10W403.5 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGS 1000 S10W403.5 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGS 1100 G10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 1100 G10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 125 E10W40950 ML
SUZUKIGS 400 /E/EN10W401.9 – 2.1 L
SUZUKIGS 450 E/EU/S/SU10W402.8 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGS 450 L10W402.6 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGS 450/S20W402.6 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGS 500 E10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 500 E (K-S)10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKIGS 500 E (T-Y)10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 500 F10W402.6 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKIGS 550 (B-C)10W402.4 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGS 550 E10W402.4 – 2.9 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 550 EM KATANA10W402.4 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGS 550 T/LT10W402.4 – 2.9 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 650 G KATANA10W402.5 – 3.2 L API SE
SUZUKIGS 750/E20W50 or 10W403.0L – 3.4 L
SUZUKIGS 850 G10W402.6 – 2.8 L
SUZUKIGS 850 GL10W403.2 – 3.6 L
SUZUKIGSF 1200 BANDIT (ABS)10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 1200 S BANDIT (ABS)10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 1200/S BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSF 1200/S/ABS BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SE or SF or SG
SUZUKIGSF 1250 BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 1250 BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SJ
SUZUKIGSF 1250 S BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 1250 S BANDIT
SUZUKIGSF 400 BANDIT10W402.3 – 2.8 L
SUZUKIGSF 600 BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SE
SUZUKIGSF 600 BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 600 S BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 600/S BANDIT10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SE
SUZUKIGSF 650 BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 650 BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 650 BANDIT / ABS10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 650 S BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 650 S BANDIT / ABS10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSF 650 SA BANDIT10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSR 60010W403.2 – 3.6 L API SF
SUZUKIGSR 750 (ABS)10W403.2 – 3.6 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 1100 E10W403.2 – 3.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 1100 E (MODELL Z/D)10W403.3 – 3.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 1100 ES/EF10W403.1 – 3.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 1100 F (J-R)10W404.3 – 4.5 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 1100 G10W404.8 – 5.0 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 1100 L10W403.2 – 3.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 1100 S/SZ KATANA10W403.2 – 3.6 L API SE
SUZUKIGSX 1200 (INAZUMA)10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 1250 F10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 1300 R HAYABUSA10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 1300 R HAYABUSA10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 1300 R HAYABUSA10W403.1 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 1300 R HAYABUSA / ABS10W403.1 – 3.3 L API SJ
SUZUKIGSX 140010W404.2 – 4.8 L API SF.SG
SUZUKIGSX 140010W404.2 – 4.8 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX 250 E20W402.4 – 2.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 250 ES20W402.4 – 2.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 250/E10W402.2 – 2.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 400 E/S10W402.45 – 2.6 L
SUZUKIGSX 400 F KATANA10W402.0 – 2.4 L
SUZUKIGSX 400/L10W402.0 – 2.4 L
SUZUKIGSX 550 EF/ES/EU10W402.4 – 2.9 L
SUZUKIGSX 600 F (IMPORTFAHRZEUG)10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 600 F/FU10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 600F/FU/FU210W403.6 – 3.8 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 650 F10W403.0 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 750 E10W403.2 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGSX 750 ES/EF10W403.2 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGSX 750 F10W403.6 – 3.9 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 750 F10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 750 F10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 750 INAZUMA10W403.3 – 3.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX 750 L10W403.2 L
SUZUKIGSX 750 S KATANA10W403.2 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 K1/K210W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 K3/K410W403.0 – 3.3 L MIN API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 K5/K610W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 K7/K810W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 K9/L0/L110W402.8 – 3.3 L MIN AFI SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 L2/L3/L410W402.8 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 L5/L610W403.3 L MIN API SJ
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 L7/L8/L9 (EURO 4)10W403.3 L MIN API SJ
SUZUKIGSX-R 1000 R L7/L8/L9 (EURO 4)10W403.3 L MIN API SJ
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL G)10W403.4 – 3.7 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL H)10W403.4 – 3.7 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL J)10W403.4 – 3.7 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL K)10W404.0 – 4.2 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL L)10W404.0 – 4.2 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 (MODELL M-N)10W404.0 – 4.2 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 W (MODELL P-R)10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX-R 1100 W (MODELL S-T)10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIGSX-R 125 (EURO 4)10W401.3 – 1.4 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-R 60010W40API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 60010W402.6 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 600 K1/K2/K310W402.8 – 3.1 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 600 K4/K510W402.8 – 3.1 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 600 K6/K710W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 600 K8/K9/L010W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 600 L1/L2/L3/L4/L5/L6/L710W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 75010W403.6 – 3.8 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 75010W402.5 – 2.8 L API SE
SUZUKIGSX-R 75010W402.8 – 3.1 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 (L-M)10W403.2 – 3.4 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 (MODELL J)10W404.5 – 4.8 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 (MODELL K)10W404.5 – 4.8 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 INJECTION10W402.5 – 2.8 L API SE
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 K4/K510W402.8 – 3.1 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 K6/K710W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 K8/K9/L010W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 L1/L2/L3/L4/L5/L6/L710W402.2 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 R10W404.5 – 4.8 L
SUZUKIGSX-R 750 W (II)10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIGSX-S 100010W402.8 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 1000 (EURO 4)10W402.8 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 1000 F10W402.8 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 1000 F (EURO 4)10W402.8 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 1000 S KATANA10W402.8 – 3.2 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 125 (EURO 4)10W401.4 L API SG
SUZUKIGSX-S 750 (EURO 4)10W403.2 – 3.6 L API SG
SUZUKIGT 1252-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIGT 1852-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIGT 2002-Stroke Ext Tank
SUZUKIGT 2502-Stroke Oil1.2 L
SUZUKIGT 250 LE(X7-E)2-Stroke Oil1.5 L
SUZUKIGT 250 M2-Stroke Oil1.1 L
SUZUKIGT 380 J/K/L/M/A (SEBRING)1.2-1.3 – 2-Stroke ÖLTANK
SUZUKIGT 5502-Stroke Oil1.5 L
SUZUKIGT 7502-Stroke Oil1.8 L
SUZUKIGT 80 E2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIGT 80 L2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIGZ 125 MARAUDER10W40850 – 950 ML API SF
SUZUKIGZ 250 MARAUDER20W401.4 L
SUZUKIINAZUMA 250/F10W402.1 – 2.4 L API SG
SUZUKILS 650 SAVAGE10W401.8 – 2.4 L API SF
SUZUKILT 250 R QUADRACER2-Stroke Oil
SUZUKILT-A 700 X KING QUAD10W402.3 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKILT-A 750 X KING QUAD10W402.3 – 2.5 L API SF
SUZUKILT-F 160 QUADRUNNER10W40 API SG1.7 L
SUZUKILT-Z 40010W402.0 – 2.1 L API SF
SUZUKILT-Z 40010W402.0 – 2.1 L API SF
SUZUKIM 1500 INTRUDER (VZ 1500)10W403.0 – 3.2 L API SF
SUZUKIM 1600 INTRUDER10W402.9 – 3.1 L API SE
SUZUKIM 1800 R/R2 INTRUDER (VZR 1800)10W403.4 – 3.6 L API SF
SUZUKIM 800 INTRUDER10W403.0 – 3.4 L API SF
SUZUKIM 800 INTRUDER10W403.0 – 3.4 L API SF
SUZUKIRF 600 R10W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIRF 600 R/RU10W402.7 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIRF 900 R/RS210W403.0 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKIRG 250 GAMMA2-Stroke Ext Tank
SUZUKIRG 500 GAMMA
SUZUKIRG 80 GAMMA2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKIRGV 250 (K)
SUZUKIRGV 250 (M)2-Stroke Ext Tank
SUZUKIRV 1252-Stroke Ext Tank
SUZUKIRV 502-Stroke Ext Tank700 ML
SUZUKIRV 902-Stroke Ext Tank1.0 L
SUZUKISIXTEEN 125 (UX125)10W401.1 – 1.2 L API SF
SUZUKISIXTEEN 150 (UX150)10W401.1 – 1.2 L API SF
SUZUKISP 37020W401.6 – 1.8 L
SUZUKISV 100010W402.7 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKISV 1000 S10W402.7 – 2.9 L API SF
SUZUKISV 65010W402.3 – 2.4 L API SF
SUZUKISV 650 (EURO 4)10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SG
SUZUKISV 650 A10W402.3 – 2.7 L MIN API SF
SUZUKISV 650 S10W402.3 – 2.4 L API SF
SUZUKISV 650 SA10W402.3 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKISV 650 X10W402.4 – 2.75 L API SG
SUZUKISV 650N/S10W402.3 – 2.7 L API SF
SUZUKITL 1000 R10W403.1 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKITL 1000 S10W403.1 – 3.3 L API SF
SUZUKITS 1252-Stroke Ext Tank700 ML
SUZUKITS 125 ER2-Stroke Ext Tank1.0 L
SUZUKITS 250 ER2-Stroke Oil1:50 Oil to Fuel
SUZUKITS 250 X2-Stroke Ext Tank
SUZUKITS 50 ER2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKITS 50 XKM2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKITS 50 XR2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L
SUZUKITS 80 X
SUZUKITU 125 XT10W40850 – 950 ML
SUZUKITU 125 XTU (80 KM/H GEDROSSELT)10W40850 – 950 ML
SUZUKITU 250 X VOLTY10W401.3 – 1.4 L API SF
SUZUKIUC125/U EPICURO10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIUE 12510W40600 – 650 ML API SF
SUZUKIUF 50 ESTILETE2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L JASO FC
SUZUKIUH 125 BURGMAN10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIUH 125 BURGMAN10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIUH 125 BURGMAN ABS10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SG
SUZUKIUH 150 BURGMAN (SKYWAVE 150)10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIUH 200 BURGMAN10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SF
SUZUKIUH 200 BURGMAN ABS10W401.2 – 1.3 L API SG
SUZUKIUX 50 W ZILLION2-Stroke Ext Tank1.2 L JASO FC
SUZUKIVAN VAN 125 (RV 125)10W40850 – 950 ML API SF
SUZUKIVAN VAN 200 (RV 200)10W40950 ML – 1.05 L API SJ
SUZUKIVL 125 INTRUDER10W401.8 – 1.9 L API SF
SUZUKIVL 1500 INTRUDER10W403.7 – 4.3 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIVL 250 LC INTRUDER10W402.0 L
SUZUKIVL 800 VOLUSIA10W403.0 – 3.4 L API SF
SUZUKIVS 1400 GLP INTRUDER10W403.7 – 4.3 L API SF or SG
SUZUKIVS 1400 INTRUDER10W403.7 – 4.3 L API SE
SUZUKIVS 600 GL/GLU INTRUDER10W402.4 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIVS 750 GLP/GLF INTRUDER10W402.4 – 2.8 L
SUZUKIVS 800 GL INTRUDER10W402.6 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIVX 80010W402.4 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIVX 80010W402.4 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIVX 80010W402.4 – 2.8 L API SF
SUZUKIVZ 1600 MARAUDER10W402.9 – 3.1 L API SE
SUZUKIVZ 800 MARAUDER10W401.7 – 2.1 L API SF
SUZUKIXF 650 FREEWIND10W402.3 – 2.4 L API SF

What You Need To Know

If you better understand the differences between different engine oils, you’ll always pick the best one for your needs and budget.

What’s the difference between different engine oils?

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.

Full-synthetic oils, however, are far more expensive than mineral or semi-synthetic oils.  Full-synthetics are man-made oils that have been tailored to give them certain advantages like the fact that they perform better in extreme temperatures, are less likely to evaporate or thin excessively in heat, etc. Full-synthetics contain poly-alpha-olefins (PAO) and esters. PAOs don’t gel at low temperatures, making them necessary for any true 0W oil.

Esters are similar to PAOs but also help protect metal surfaces and offer good lubrication. Full-synthetic oils are expensive and, unless you are racing, not necessarily recommended for motorcycles. For the everyday rider, a semi-synthetic shear-stable 10W-40 oil with some ester content would be a great choice.

What’s the best type of oil to use for road riding?

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. 

Does a high-performance oil produce more power?

There will always be loss of engine output due to things like thermodynamics, which can’t be changed that much. However, some of that loss, about 6%, is due to oil drag. By using quality but low viscosity oil, this loss can be minimised and engine power increased. For a typical 100bhp motorcycle, a lighter engine oil might show a 2bhp peak improvement.

Choosing the right oil filter

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 Suzuki oil filter chart to help you pick the best oil filter for your motorcycle.

How To Change Your Motorcycle’s Oil

how to change motorcycle engine oil - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart

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.

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.

5W30

motul oil 4 stroke 300v 5w 30 factory line motorbike engine oil - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart
5W30

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.

5W40

silkolene pro4 5w40 motorcycle engine oil fully synthetic - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart
5W40

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..

10W30

silkolene pro4 10w30 fully synthetic motorcycle engine oil - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart
10W30

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.

silkolene comp4 10w30 ester motorcycle engine oil - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart
10W30

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.

10W40

motul oil 4 stroke 7100 10w 40 ester engine oil - Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Oil Chart
10W40

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.

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10W40

Semi-Synthetic. A high-quality part-synthetic oil at a good price. Castrol’s 10W-40 is suitable for high-performance bikes including highly stressed multi-cylinder engines.

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10W40

Mineral Based. A good quality mineral oil that provides protection under regular riding conditions. Especially suitable for small capacity engines and commuters.

10W50

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10W50

Fully Synthetic. Suitable for modern high-performance motorcycle engines where API or JASO specifications are recommended. Excellent shear stability.

10W60

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10W60

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.

15W50

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15W50

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.

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15W50

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.

20W40

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20W40

Semi Synthetic. Four stroke engine oil exceeds the requirements of the leading manufacturers. Offering excellent high mileage engine protection.

20W50

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20W50

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.

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20W50

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.

What does Engine Oil Do?

A good engine oil lubricates, protects, cleans, and cools the engine to keep it running smoothly.

Engine oil provides lubrication between the individual engine components, reducing friction. It does so by providing a slippery film between the moving parts in the running engine. This ensures that the engine can run efficiently, at optimal performance and with increased power. Lubrication is also vitally important at start-up. Here, the cold oil in the oil sump needs to be quickly pumped back into the engine so that it can provide lubrication. This allows for an ideal cranking speed to turn over the engine. In order to ensure that that oil can flow quickly at start-up, but also provide enough of a film to protect the engine when running, an engine needs an oil with different viscosity ranges.

Engine oil creates a film on moving parts in the engine, which acts as a protective layer. By preventing and minimising metal-to-metal contact, wear of these components is reduced. Engine oil has another way it protects the engine. Combustion by-products, oxidation and contamination from condensation all form acids. If left unchecked, these acids can cause corrosion in the engine, which can lead to components failing. Engine oil ensures that this does not happen and so protects the engine.

For an engine to run optimally, it needs to be clean. Deposits in the engine can gum it up and reduce its performance. Further, unnecessary wear and damage in an engine can be caused by microscopic contaminants.  For perspective, a single hair is 100 microns thick. Contaminants as small as 5 to 20 microns could easily cause damage to an engine. Engine oil keeps the engine clean by holding these contaminants in suspension until they can be removed via the oil filter. Engine oil also prevents damaging deposits from forming.

Finally, engine oil also helps to keep the engine cool. Heat is caused by the friction between the moving parts as well as by combustion. The radiator is responsible for cooling the top part of the engine. Cooling the rest of the engine, like the pistons, rod bearings, timing gears, crankshaft, camshaft etc., is up to engine oil. As oil passes over these heated surfaces, it absorbs the heat. This hot oil then travels to the oil sump, where it is cooled by the air surrounding it.

 

What is Multigrade Oil?

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Oil is thick and viscous when it is cold and then thins as it warms up.  Cold thick oil struggles to circulate as the engine is started, but using a thinner oil here would mean that, once heated, the oil would be too thin to adequately protect the engine.

The answer is using a multigrade oil. This oil, due to the addition of polymer, has two different viscosity grades.  By adding a polymer to a thin oil base, it is possible to have an oil that performs well in both hot and cold conditions. The polymer ensures that as the oil is heated, the rate of thinning is slowed down. It also ensures that, as the oil cools, the rate of thickening is slowed too.

Multigrade oil is identifiable by its two numbers, say 10W-40. The first number 10W (W stands for Winter) refers to the viscosity of the oil at a low temperature. A lower number would mean a thinner oil, so a 5W would be thinner than a 10W. A 0W oil would be the thinnest at cold temperature.

The second number, 40, refers to the viscosity of the oil at a high temperature, which will always be measured at 100 °C. Again, a lower number means a thinner oil, so, at 100 °C, a 30 oil would be thinner than the 40 oil. It is, of course, important to follow the guidelines of the manufacturer in choosing the correct multigrade oil for your motorcycle.

Synthetic Engine Oils Common Questions

We’ve answered some of the most common questions when it comes to synthetic motorcycle engine oil.

Will my engine consume more synthetic oil?

Not likely.  In modern engines, most oil consumption happens due to evaporation at high temperatures. Synthetic oils, however, tend to be far more resistant to evaporation, especially if they contain ester and PAO, so oil consumption should be lower with a synthetic. Irrelevant of oil type, oil consumption will go up in engines with defective seals, and worn valve guides and piston rings. Here, one might as well use a cheaper oil instead of a synthetic one.

Is synthetic oil compatible with other engine oil?

Synthetic oil is fully compatible with any other engine oil. Provided the oil is for a 4- stroke engine, one can safely mix any type of oil irrelevant of what its base is or what it contains, be it mineral, semi-synthetic, hydrocracked synthetic, PAO, ester, etc. The exception here would be Castor-oil-based racing oils.

Will a synthetic oil void my warranty?

As long as you follow the instructions in your handbook in regards to the viscosity ranges and API of an oil, you can use whichever oil you choose, including synthetics, without affecting your warranty. The choice of brand is also up to you as OEMs, by law, cannot prescribe this.

Are synthetic oils worth the extra cost?

This depends. For a great bike in a great condition, the right synthetic oil will help keep maintenance costs down, lower fuel costs, and keep it running like new.  For an oil-guzzling older model, synthetic oils may just not be worth the price.

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.

Engine Oil Glossary

When it comes to motorcycle engine oil, there are a lot of terms that get thrown around. We’ve created this quick glossary to help you understand what everything means.

Anti-Wear Agent
In boundary lubrication conditions, this additive reduces the amount of wear caused by metal-to-metal contact by chemically reacting with the metal surfaces and forming a film between them.

Corrosion Inhibitor
This engine oil additive helps to protect metal surfaces by inhibiting corrosion caused by contaminants. It usually does so through a chemical reaction that forms a protective film over the metal surfaces.

Detergent
This engine oil additive chemically reacts with acidic, sludge-forming contaminants in the oil to neutralise them. It then holds these, now harmless, impurities in suspension.

Hydrocracking
Using hydrogen, the hydrocarbons in mineral oil are put under high temperature and pressure to crack their molecules. The result is a synthetic-like base stock of high quality. When blended with further additives, hydrocracked oil is not only extremely stable but also comparable in performance to synthetic oils.

Oxidation inhibitor
This additive prolongs the storage life of engine oil. It does so by helping to counteract the negative effects of oxidation.

Synthetic lubricant
The base oils for synthetic lubricants are artificially made from chemical compounds or polymerisation of hydrocarbons, instead of by refining petroleum. Synthetic oils offer several advantages over mineral oils.

Viscosity
Viscosity refers to a fluid’s resistance to flow. Temperature directly impacts the viscosity of the oil. Cold oil is thicker and hot oil is thinner.  An engine oil, however, needs to be able to adequately protect and lubricate an engine both at start-up, when it is cold and while running, when it is hot. The solution here is an oil with two different viscosity grades, i.e. a multigrade oil.

Questions? Tips, Errors?

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