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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Default I LOVES my Victory Cross Country Tour, but...

I really do...the more I ride this bike the more I love it.

Did my first OIL CHANGE today (Amsoil w/WIX filter) and checking the oil is a pain.

I thought I hated SIGHT GLASSES like I had on my last bike, a Royal Star Venture...but now I don't think a sight glass is so bad!!!

Anyway...changing oil is easy...but checking it is a pain!!

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Assuming the CCT oil is checked with a dip stick like the XR it is about 1000 times easier than the sight gage on my V Star 1300

What do you find so difficult about it

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Assuming the CCT oil is checked with a dip stick like the XR it is about 1000 times easier than the sight gage on my V Star 1300

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Not that I find either particularly hard, I would have to say that looking at a sight glass should be easier than unscrewing then looking at a dipstick. You get to skip that unscrewing step, no?




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I had a sight glass on a BMW R850R - not too bad to check - and on a Suzuki 650 Burgman - very low, and recessed in behind a hole in the lower fairing, a real get-down-on-your-knees PITA to check.

Me, I find it odd that a bike with no centerstand gets its oil checked straight up and down. I would think it would be easier to have the dipstick long enough - or something like that - so that the level could be checked on the sidestand. You wouldn't have to be holding the bike up, which you don't have to do, either, when you change the oil, right?

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Not that I find either particularly hard, I would have to say that looking at a sight glass should be easier than unscrewing then looking at a dipstick. You get to skip that unscrewing step, no?
You could get this dipstick from Witch Doctors. No more unscrewing the dipstick to check oil level - just pull out it out like on a car to quickly check oil level.
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Only problem is the location of the glass and you had to have the bike vertical to get an accurate reading. The glass is in a bit of a dark area so even if you sit on the bike and use a mirror, unless you were out in the sunlight, you had to use a flashlight.

You could hold the bike up and bend over to look into the glass. As you might be able to imagine, you run the risk of dropping the bike You can also use block of wood to keep it most of the way vertical but you still run the risk of dropping the bike.

The easiest way is to have one person sit on the bike and another check the level. Of course that only works if you have someone else around

So for me, sitting on the bike to keep it vertical and reaching down slightly even if you have to unscrew the cap is easier

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Or just memorize where the oil hits the dipstick when on
the sidestand. Works for me. Jim
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I really do...the more I ride this bike the more I love it.

Did my first OIL CHANGE today (Amsoil w/WIX filter) and checking the oil is a pain.

I thought I hated SIGHT GLASSES like I had on my last bike, a Royal Star Venture...but now I don't think a sight glass is so bad!!!

Anyway...changing oil is easy...but checking it is a pain!!
I have a vision and when I check oil I put a 2x4 under the kick stand and then just do it.

Checking is better then NOT

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Or just memorize where the oil hits the dipstick when on
the sidestand. Works for me. Jim
That's one way. I just put my kickstand on a 2x4. That gets it close enough to vertical for my needs.




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You could get this dipstick from Witch Doctors. No more unscrewing the dipstick to check oil level - just pull out it out like on a car to quickly check oil level.
$130 for a dipstick...Yowza!!!




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