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Checking your oil (tech level 1 = dead easy)

Checking your oil is one of the most important periodic maintenance checks you have to make, other than weekly tyre pressure checking, and pre-ride tyre surface checking. It is a fairly simple process on the Milan and I generally check the oil level monthly. All you need is a screw-driver and perhaps a torch or overhead light. I use Shell SX2 2-stroke oil as it was recommended to me by Scooter HQ. DO NOT USE 10W40 oil as recommended by the Chinglish Vmoto manual. There are some 4-stroke Milans sold overseas which use the 10W40 oil, but only 2 strokes are sold in Australia, and hence need 2 stroke motor oil.

The inspection panel is located just under the seat on the right-hand side of the Milan. If your Milan did not come with flaming skull decals, please refer to your dealer.Big Smile

Side View 

You will need to turn the screw with a flat-bladed screw driver until it sits in this angle. I actually worked out that you can just use your ignition key. The screw holding the panel on will be disengaged in this position, and you can pull the panel out with the little handle just to the left of the screw. There are two plastic tabs on the bottom and one tab on the left of this panel.

Edit: It appears that some years of Milans have a wing-nut (butterfly nut) instead of the screw mine has. Whatever the case, simply keep turning the nut/screw and at some point you will feel no pressure on the screw/nut and you can wiggle it a little. This means it has disengaged from the plastic panel.

Penal view 

I found it really hard to take a photo of the bottle displaying the oil level. My oil for this check was a fair way down. The oil is at a good level when it is just below the angled part of the tank (see the dodgy yellow line painted in)  at the front of the bottle as you face the scooter. You want the oil at this level and NOT up to the neck of the bottle because unlike a car, the scooter has some angle when you travel around a corner. If the oil level is too high, then you may get oil leaking out of the top of the bottle and onto your scooter or worse, onto your rear tyre.

Oil View 

Use a funnel to make it very easy to add the oil. You want to make sure the funnel is clean first to avoid contaminating your oil.

Funnel View 

You will want to hold the funnel up a bit so just the spout is inside the oil bottle on the scooter. This way you can see the oil level when pouring the oil in. Remember that the funnel will continue to drip a small amount of oil when you finish pouring. Allow for this when adding your oil.

Funnel in bottle 

Here is about where you want the oil level. The consumption of oil is fairly slow and you will really only need to top up the bottle maybe once a month or even less depending on the amount of kilometres you do on the scoot. Checking once a month should be sufficient.

Oil level 

And here is the panel back on again. When replacing the panel, you want to get the screw in the same position it was when taking the panel off. You can view the slotted piece of metal and the slot in the plastic body panel. Make sure the metal piece is on the same angle as the plastic slot in the panel. You want to get the left rear of the panel in first and then simply push lightly on the handle again and it will pop back into place. Position the screw at the angle shown in the photo and you are done!! Congratulations. Yes

Panel back and finished 



Scooternut said:

Hey all you need are some bullet holes to go with the skulls & you'll have some serious street cred!

March 3, 2008 10:58 PM

RatRide said:

Next project is some water-proof speakers mounted just below the handle-bars, so I can plug my iPod shuffle into them. Then I'll really have some traffic light dancing to do. :-)

But I suppose I could whack some bullet hole stickers on. Would be fairly easy...

March 3, 2008 11:18 PM

micpez said:

Thanks for the Info

What year is your bike?  Mine's a 2005 and there is a wing nut to open the oil container.

Have you looked at the Yamaha YJ50ORN manual on the downloads section?  It looks an awful lot like a Milan.  I haven't had time to read it too closely to see if the motor it two or four stroke, but it should help with other bits like opening the head lamp assembly.  My high beam isn't working and I can't see the bulb well enough to see if its burnt out.

There is also a manual on TNG scooters for their "Venice" model which is quite a bit better than the Chinglish one that comes with the Vmoto.  This also looks to be the same bike with a few Americanisations.

Apparently the 2006 manual is better.

Have a look, I would be interested in your comments.


March 4, 2008 2:00 PM

RatRide said:

Mine is a 2003. It's vintage Chinese metal.... :-)

I saw your post in the thread and have downloaded the manual. Will have a squiz through it at lunch-time. There are some manuals which are similar enough, but sometimes for 4-strokes.

The generic 50cc manuals get you by with a little guess work on the particular quirks of the Milan. I did a top-end rebuild with the generic manual plus some other info I gleaned from the web.

March 4, 2008 2:08 PM

RatRide said:

oh, and I edited the article to explain about the wing nut on some year models of Milans

March 4, 2008 2:13 PM

nudge882006 said:

Hey, I'm thinking about buying a second hand 2003 vmoto milan. I was wondering if someone could direct me to a website that outlines its stats, problems that i'll have to look out for etc.....

March 19, 2008 11:59 AM

RatRide said:

Well, you could become a member of this website and post your questions. There are a couple of knowledgeable Vmoto dealers on here.

I really haven't been able to find much on the Milans on the web. Most of my own posts come up in the searches...

And it is difficult to find out what engines, electrics, etc they have and compare them to other similar scooters...

So join up and ask away is my answer...

March 19, 2008 2:00 PM

Scooter HQ said:

The 05 milan onwards are the pick (3 instruments v's 1) as the engine received a big update. bascially it has a 12mm gudgeon pin rather than the old models 10mm one

March 20, 2008 3:42 PM

nudge882006 said:

well i bought the 03 vmoyo. it runs fine, haven't had any problems. oh except the first week i got it i rode it until i ran out of petrol. the n i had to push it 2km to the next servo. i guess its gonna take me a while to get used to having to fill up every 100km.....

April 19, 2008 3:41 PM

Scooter HQ said:

One of those added instruments is a fuel guage, handy. You should be getting at least 120k's out of the milan.

April 21, 2008 12:10 PM

RatRide said:

Just as an update to this: I worked out you can open the inspection panel using your ignition key. So you can check you oil at the service station or what-not and not require any tools.

I carry a small toolkit that came with my motorbike when on the scooter.

April 28, 2008 1:36 PM

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