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Best engine oil for Royal Enfield Himalayan


I bought Motul 3000 4T Plus 15W50 API SM HC Tech Engine Oil from a local shop at around 900 rupees. MRP of this product is more than that. It is better to buy from a local shop - unless price below/ around 850 rupees. Shipping cost plus too much fakes in the online market. You need around 1.6 Ltr for a refill.

Check the price online - Amazon, Flipkart

There are few other options from Motul itself and shell. But i suggest you go with what i bought - it is better than liquid gun(what service center guys use) and offers good performance. Go to other costly options only if you need that extra performance - in that case you should know what you are looking for.

Here i share my experience of changing engine oil of Himalayan in my blog. Few things i learned

  • Put bike on the center stand and look through the round glass area to see the color and level of engine oil.
  • Put a cardboard under the drain hole to direct the old engine oil to the side instead of just letting old oil go to the engine guard.
  • After filling the engine oil to correct level, start the engine - idle for a while - stop the engine - wait for a while - check level again - top up oil if needed.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield himalayan is a 411 cc adventure tourer motorcycle launched by Royal enfield in 2016. After some initial hiccups(mainly issues with magnetic coil), now it is one of the best selling motor bikes from Eicher Motors.

RE Himalayan is equipped with a single-cylinder engine which can produce a maximum power of 24.3 bhp @ 6,500 rpm. Its Engine requires a First fill of 1.8 litres and then 1.6 Ltrs(during oil and oil filter element replacement.)


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Link to official manual – download RE Himalayan manual

Recommended Oil grade and quality for royal enfield himalayan – SAE 15W 50 API SL GRADE JASO MA 2 SEMI SYNTHETIC.

How many litre of engine oil is required – Around 1.6 Ltr during oil & filter replacement.

Price of engine oil for RE Himalayan – It is recommended buying a 2.5 Ltr bottle. It will cost around 700 to 3000 rupees (8 – 30 $)depending upon the brand and type of oil.

Different models – of royal enfield himalayan

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan BS3
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan BS4
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6

Can you use engine oil from any other royal enfield bikes in Himalayan ?

Yes & No, it is recommended using SL GRADE JASO MA 2 SEMI SYNTHETIC.

Officially recommended engine oil (used in official service centres in India) for himalayan is : Liquid gun manufactured by HP Company. Generic Royal Enfield Liquid Gun 15W50 Lubricant for All Models (2.5 LTR)

Other engine oil brands you can use for royal enfield himalayan.

  • Motul 3000 4T Plus 15W50 API SM HC Tech Engine Oil
  • Motul 7100 4T 20W-50 API SN Fully Synthetic Petrol Engine Oil
  • Motul 104080 5100 Semi-Synthetic Engine Oil
  • Shell Advance AX7 15W-50 API SM Semi Synthetic Engine Oil (3 L)

How to change engine oil of Royal Enfield Himalayan

It is really easy to change engine oil in Himalayan. You can actually do it with a single spanner.

Before starting have a look at the engine oil level on the right side of engine. Engine oil color and level is visible through a round glass area(When bike put on centre stand).

  1. Open 2 nuts in the lower left side of engine. Put a small plastic/cardboard piece under it to direct old oil to a side to collect it.
  2. Remove sealing plate along with 2 nuts & oil will start flowing down.
  3. Wait for it to drain completely and then tilt bike side ways to drain remaining oil.
  4. After draining completely, reverse the step two.
  5. Open the top cap on the right side of engine to put new oil inside. Use a cone to add oil through.
  6. Keep looking at the glass area to see the oil level. Stop when it reaches the middle(but a little bit more to the top mark) of two marks.
  7. close the cap and start engine. After idling for few minutes stop engine and check oil level(after few minutes)
Written on June 1, 2020
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