As is customary, something that should have been a 30-minute job stretched over the better part of the day. All I wanted to do was change my oil and filter. Had to put some elbow grease into removing the drain bolt, but it finally budged with a hammer on the combo wrench. The filter was another matter: I’d bought a small strap wrench, but discovered that there’s just not enough ground clearance for leverage, even with the bike up on the stand. Doh! I’d wanted a filter cap wrench, but the parts places didn’t have one, nor did the closest bike shops. Finally found one 20 miles away at the Suzuki shop. To make the trip count, I picked up another filter for the future, along with a new crush washer for the drain plug. On the plus side, the bike had plenty of time to drain while I drove up to the Suzuki place.
The little filter cap wrench worked a treat, although it’s such a snug fit that I had to wrestle it off after getting the filter loose, holding the greasy cap wrench with my foot while I punched the top of the trapped filter with a screwdriver through the hole. Once I’d torqued the new filter, I had to knock the cap wrench loose again.
Don’t know what the crush washer fits, but it ain’t my bike. However, the old one doesn’t seem to be leaking after the 10-mile run I took. Everything’s greasy that should be, and everything’s dry that should be. And I got the bike down off the stand without incident. Dumped the oil at Advance Auto Parts and picked up some degreaser. The oil dump tank had a coarse strainer on the top, and it was partially plugged with detritus such as leaves, acorns (!) and large washers. I have no idea how such stuff could get there.