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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question low oil on brand new bike?

So I've had my bike for about a week. I test rode it before I purchased and it gave a low oil indication, the dealer where I bought my bike said it was something within the bike and said that it was normal for it to keep saying low-oil until I get the first oil change at 500 miles. Is this true? What should I do...just looking for some recommendations
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 08:13 PM
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Haven't come across anything like that. Have you actually checked the oil level?

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I had the dealer check the bike before I took it and they said it was normal...I'll try to read the owners manual maybe it will mention something in there regarding the low oil indication.
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Check your oil level. Otherwise we don't know what we're talking about. And, no, it's not normal nor typical.

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The "low Oil" light comes on EVERYTIME you start it. That is normal. However, once it is running, it should not still be illuminated. If it is you are risking catastrophic failure. Do NOT ride it. Do not run it. If your dealer won't respond, call Victory Roadside assistance and have them come out and take a look and haul it back to a dealer for you. That service is free for he first year for every new Victory so take advantage of it.

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Thanks for the advice after reading the owners manual I realized I made a "Nube" mistake I guess it is a normal function. I was not aware that the indication was normal in the Victory bikes...slowly i'll learn, Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the advice after reading the owners manual I realized I made a "Nube" mistake I guess it is a normal function. I was not aware that the indication was normal in the Victory bikes...slowly i'll learn, Thanks for the help!
Could be wrong, but pretty certain it is due to the fact you don't have oil pressure without the engine running. I freaked out when mine did that at first too.
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It is not normal for the oil light to be on while the engine is running. If it's on when you turn the key on, before starting, that's normal, but that won't go away at 500 mile service.

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I made a newbie mistake when I first got my XC and didn't wait till the oil had a chance to drain back down into the lower part of the engine before checking the oil and found it to be low of course. So I put in a half quart and checked it again when it was cold and, yep, sure as shootin', I was a half quart high and had to drain it out.

Live and learn. It can take 10-15 minutes for the oil to drain back down from the top end.
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My hats off to you for reading your manual.
Most guys don't read theirs cause they have been riding for years and know it all. Well they Don't. I have been riding for 30 more years and always read my manual and I don't give this BS I didn't get a manual. If you don't read how do you learn? Break it and spend money to fix it is not the way.
I put my bike on a 2x4 and that brings it pretty much straight up an down. Now check oil.
If you have problems with your bike read the manual so if you have to go to the dealer you'll know if hes giving you BS or talking straight.
By the way I have read my manual four times now just to keep my understanding of what should be and what shouldn't be.
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