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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2010, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question oil fill?

So I have been changing the oil on my bikes for ever. And some one told me something interesting the other day and was wondering which was true.

I fill the oil to the middle of the window with the bike standing straight up.

Someone told me that it needs to be half full in the window with the bike on the kick stand.

Which is the correct way?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2010, 06:45 PM
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Drain the bike, measure out oil capacity and fill. Start, run to temp, shut off let sit overnight. Check in the morning and see where the oil sits.

I only check my oil in the same position. On the stand.
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I put in the amount the Manual tells me to put in.
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Beav, I remember that most manuals show the bike upright, I would stick to that, as you would have less chance of an underfill of oil. That is if you sight window is on the kick stand side. As tyou know, some oil will stay captive in the upper engine plus filter. In short, I fill my bike oil with it in the upright position


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unless the manual specifically says to do it on the kickstand, check it with the bike standing straight up on level ground. the ONLY time i've seen something like that was on the F4i's where the integrated brake reservoir was checked in that manner. the kickstand needed to be down and the steering @ the lock position.

sometimes kickstands get bent or removed (for racing). you can always find level ground with the bike perpendicular to the ground.

FWIW, i've been told if the bike's on the rearstand, you fill it up to the top of the sightglass unless you're using both stands and it's lifted evenly. if it's on the rearstand, you've essentially put it on a downward slope.

agreed on letting it run after filling after fluid change. i do this every time not only to recheck the fluid level but to check for leaks.

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