The Suzuki V-Strom engine (all models) uses a wet clutch design.
This means that the oil is used to lubricate the engine (pistons) and the gear and clutch. There is only one oil, which is used for both purposes.

See also:

Engine Oil Specs

DL1000 and DL650:
  • The manual states 2.9 qts(2.7L) w/o filter and 3.1 qts(2.9L) with filter change
  • Re tighten drain nut to 15 lb-ft
  • New filter should be tightened until gasket makes contact and then given 2 full turns
  • Use an API classification of SF or SG with SAE 10W-40 viscosity

GreyWolf's statement of minimum requirements:
"Avoid the Energy Conserving label. 10W-40 is the usual recommendation. As long as the second number is at least 40, the viscosity is okay except 20W-50 isn't a good idea for very cold weather. E/C oil always has a second number below 40. The lower the first number, the better it works in cold weather. The higher the second number, the better it holds up in hot weather. It's refreshing to see an oil question not involving brands, There are plenty of those threads already. Any modern multi-weight non-E/C oil will have a passing rating for codes."

Engine Oil Change Schedule

Applies to all V-Strom models: DL650 Gen 1, DL 650 Gen 2 and DL1000

Replace initially at 1,000 km (600 miles, 2 months) and
every 6,000 km (4,000 miles, 12 months) thereafter.

Replace initially at 1,000 km (600 miles, 2 months) and
every 18,000 km (11,000 miles, 36 months) thereafter.

Engine Oil Brands




Type: Mineral

Shell Rotella T6 5W-40

Type: Synthetic
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Mobile 1 15W-50

Type: Synthetic
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Amsoil 10W-40

Type: Synthetic
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Motul 5100 10w40 (per Suzuki specs) or 10w50 (better for hot summers)

Type: Semi-Synthetic


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Oil filters

The Suzuki V-Strom oil filter is a spin on filter with thread size of 20 x 1.0 mm.
The following table lists oil filters that are a direct fit
Note: The original list appeared in [2]

  • AMSOil EaoM109
  • Bike Master 314-0025
  • Champion PH7016
  • Cycle Power 314-1919
  • Emgo 10-55662
  • Emgo 10-55660
  • Fram PH6018
  • Hi-Flo HF138
  • J.C.Whitney ZX063166P
  • K&N 138
  • NAPA Gold 1359 (at UAP/NAPA)
  • WIX 51359 (at UAP/NAPA)
  • Parts Unlimited
  • Per-Form J-509
  • ProPart 01-0029
  • Purolator ML16818
  • STP SMO-18
  • Suzuki 16510-03G00-X07
  • VESRAH vsf-3009
  • Big A 92359
  • Carquest 85359
  • Champ/Luber-Finer/Warner PH7016
  • Hastings LF588
  • Big A = 92359
  • Carquest = 85359
  • Champ/Luber-Finer/Warner = PH7016
  • Hastings = LF588

Oil Gasket (Crush Washer for oil drain plug)

Part# 09168-12002


  1. http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/VStrom.html
  2. http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php/topic,5885.msg69435.html#msg69435