As far as most important things to do when prepping for storage, changing the oil is right at the top of the list. Oil is not only an engine lubricant; it also keeps the engine clean and protects against corrosion and other things that can harm engine parts. It serves as a “garbage can” for contaminants and leaving oil from a full season of riding to sit in the engine during storage can cause harm. Changing the oil empties the “garbage” and renews all the protective qualities of the oil, keeping the engine protected during storage.
There are two grades of Indian Motor Oil:
- Indian 15W-60 Full Synthetic is recommended for all liquid-cooled and air cooled Indian motorcycles, and only recommended oil for use in the FTR 1200 and Scout engine platforms. It’s a full-synthetic oil with a wide viscosity range for ultimate engine protection and an additive package that enhances clutch operation and lever feel.
- Indian 20W-40 Motor Oil is a semi-synthetic blend engineered for use in Indian air-cooled V-twin engines. Air-cooled V-twin engines can get hot and engine oil temperatures can reach 300° Fahrenheit or more, so strong oil film is critical to protecting critical parts such as rod bearings, piston rings and cylinder walls. Indian 20W-40 Motor Oil also controls rust and corrosion and has an advanced clutch additive package that enhances clutch operation and lever feel.