Kawasaki VN1500A/D/G Oil Change Guide

If you are planning on changing the oil in your Kawasaki VN1500, we've got all of the information you need to get the job done. Below we've got instructions for your Kawasaki VN1500 oil change, all of the service information you'll need, fun facts, and a video to walk you through your VN1500 oil change step-by-step.

For more help, we offer motorcycle oil change kits to give you everything you need for your oil change: 4 quarts of 10W-40 synthetic oil, an oil filter, a crush washer, a funnel, and an oil change reminder sticker.

Check out the Factory Racing Parts Kawasaki Vulcan Oil Change Kit for your VN1500.



  • 10W-40 engine oil
  • Oil filter
  • Crush washer
  • 17mm wrench or socket and ratchet
  • Drain pan
  • 65mm oil filter wrench (57001-1249)
  • Rags
  • Funnel
  • High-flash solvent (like brake cleaner, acetone, or paint thinner)

Oil Change Instructions

  1. Start the motorcycle and bring it up to operating temperature. This is best done by taking the bike for a quick ride.
  2. Situate the motorcycle so that it is vertical after warming up the engine. Place the oil pan beneath the engine.
  3. Remove the engine oil drain plug to drain the oil. Replace the drain bolt washer with a new one and tighten the drain bolt.
  4. Remove the oil filter with the oil filter wrench. Apply a thin coat of oil to the new filter O-ring before filter installation. 
  5. Locate the oil screen plug near the left rear of the engine and remove.
  6. Remove the screen along with the spring, washer, and grommet.
  7. Clean the oil screen in a high flash point solvent and then reinstall in the reverse order of disassembly.
  8. Pour in the specified amount of oil and check oil level.
  9. Start engine, check for leaks, add oil if necessary.

Get Everything You Need In One Box

A Factory Racing Parts Oil Change Kit comes with the oil, filter, crush washer, funnel, and oil change sticker you need to change the oil on your VN1500.

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  • Viscosity:  SAE 10W-40 Capacity: 2.5L (2.6 qt) (When filter is not removed.) 2.7L (2.9 qt) (When filter is removed.)
  • Coolant Capacity: 0.7 gal. Oil change interval: 3,000-7,000 miles depending on riding conditions
  • Air Filter: 11013-1122 (Vulcan 88) 
  • Air Filter: 11013-1249 (Vulcan SE) 
  • Air Filter: 11013-1248 (Classic, Nomad)
  • Battery: 26012-1187 (88, SE)
  • Battery: 26012-1371 (Classic, Nomad)
  • Oil Filter: 16097-0008


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1988 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 88 SE

1989 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 88 SE

1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 88 1500 SE

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1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad

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