No they aren't really known to use oil. They do seem easy to over/under fill though.
Any wet clutch compatible JASO MA/MA2 oil will work. I like a certain brand but won't join in the fight.
Agreed the checking procedure is a pain, but most are. Start with a KNOWN acceptable level. Let the bike cool overnight, pull the stick and place your own mark on it. It is doing the same thing in the same way and getting a result, not that hard.
A note from the guy who did it, DO NOT get carried away with filling the crank case. It will flow enough residue into the vent to scare the begeebers out of you. Oil will be flowing down the vents on the jugs and it can be a bear to spot the problem. Well, more an annoyance when you figure it out but refer to the third sentence of this paragraph.
Don't get annoyed or panic too soon, there are plenty of helpful folks here and many times things aren't as bad as they seem on the surface, or it is just something we all had to learn to live with.
Congrats on the new ride.
Some people go their whole life wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem.~ Ronald Reagan
2012 XCT, AFR+ Gen 4, Lloydz air filter. I don't equate noise with power.
I ride with the Force.