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Old 04-01-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Do you check it on the side stand or straight up??

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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Manual always says to check it NOT on the stand. Bike has to be level other wise you get a low oil level indication.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thanx noobiepin--

I didn't see that in the manual-- but I am not the sharpest knife in the butcher block either!!


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Old 04-01-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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I didn't see that in the manual-- but I am not the sharpest knife in the butcher block either!!
Actually whoever designed it to check it that way was not the sharpest designer. Now you need two people to check your oil, or you have to have it on a lift. I thought checking oil was supposed to be a quick and easy process.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #5
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I did it the way the manual said and got it spot on. Then I leaned it over on the kickstand and took another reading. It has about 3/8" of oil on the end of the dipstick when on the side stand and at the right level so that's how I check it now.
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Thanks for the help fellas- going to remember the 3/8" side stand deal and give it a go next time
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:49 PM   #7
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My concern with the 3/8" sides stand would be the road or surface your bike is on when you put it on the side stand could be far from level. As your side stand pad wears it also effects the lean angle. I would think if you want to be correct the only way to do it is to have the bike level. I have found that Vics use very little oil. So far I my bike hasn't dropped any noticeable amount between oil changed. I check it a few times between changes so for me it isn't that big of deal
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My concern with the 3/8" sides stand would be the road or surface your bike is on when you put it on the side stand could be far from level. As your side stand pad wears it also effects the lean angle. I would think if you want to be correct the only way to do it is to have the bike level. I have found that Vics use very little oil. So far I my bike hasn't dropped any noticeable amount between oil changed. I check it a few times between changes so for me it isn't that big of deal
Uh yup. I wasn't trying to say anyone else should use this method. I check my oil in the same spot in my garage all the time and I double check by putting the bike vertical every once in a while just to be sure. So far I haven't seen a change in oil level either way so I'm even happier to see the engine not using any oil at all.

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Old 04-03-2011, 11:03 PM   #9
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I like the side stand idea. I just didn't figure it would even register that way.
I always check my oil on a level surface, so I wouldn't worry about it not being accurate. I am going to check it with the bike standing up and then on the side stand to verify this.
It is a pita in my opinion trying to hold the bike upright with one hand ,and checking the oil with the other hand. I have a hard time telling if the bike is actually straight up while holding the bike up and holding my mouth just right and.....
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I just took a few short pieces of 2x4's and nailed them together to make a block that I slide under the frame and holds the bike straight up. Cheapest and most used "tool" in the garage. Use it when washing, detailing, just about everything.
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