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How Do You Check A Motorcycle’s Oil Level?



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Modern motorcycles are incredibly reliable, but they still require you to check a few things in order to keep them running at full potential. The engine oil is one of those items you should never neglect. After all, you don’t want to run your high-revving, manufactured-to-aerospace-tolerances, and extremely-expensive-to-replace engine without the proper lubricant, do you? Additionally, an engine’s oil can reveal a good bit of information about the condition of its internals to even a novice mechanic armed with a little information.

To actually check an engine’s oil level, take a look at its owner’s manual. Seriously, it’ll outline the specifics that the manufacturer recommends – and they do vary slightly from bike-to-bike. Still, the steps do follow a rough pattern.

Make sure the engine is warmed to operating temperature. After turning it off, allow the oil to drain down from the top end by waiting a few minutes. Bikes with a sight glass require that you hold the bike level – either from the saddle or beside the bike – look at the window conveniently located on the bottom of the engine to make sure the oil level is between the two marks on the case. (Tip: If your bike has both a centerstand and a sight glass, measure it the above way and then compare it to the level shown while on the centerstand. This way you can use that level as reference so can check the oil level when it’s parked on the centerstand in your garage.)

For engines with a dipstick, check your owner’s manual to make certain how the stick is to be inserted for an accurate reading. Usually, you will wipe the stick and insert it into the case until it makes contact with the filler plug’s threads. Be sure the plug is straight and the bike is level or you may get an inaccurate reading.

If you ride your bike regularly, you should check its oil at least weekly. If you ride infrequently, consider checking before every ride. With regular checks, you are more likely to notice symptoms of little problems before they get bigger.
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I enlist help and give them a bright flashlight. Then I get on the bike and stand it up and put a 4 ft level across the handlebars to make sure bike is exactly perpendicular. Then I have them look at the sight glass. As a note, I recently had a friend read it as above (in this case it was 3/4 up between marks) then put it on rear pit stand. Then looked at the sight glass myself. It was 1/2, so now I know if I put it up the stand 1/2 way between the two marks is good because the oil is actually 3/4 of the way up between the marks.

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OOOPS. I did not read the stuff in gray above. I guess it sort of says what I said. I thought this was a member thread, not from motorcycle.com. Anyway, it still applies. I think there has been a thread on here before where most riders check their oil cold. I have always done that on all my cars and motorcycles. Trying to do it hot is IMHO a waste of time and just one more engine start that is not needed. Carry on!!!!

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Chuck - I ALWAYS check my oil-level HOT. Next time we get together I'll show you how - EASY!
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Chuck - I ALWAYS check my oil-level HOT. Next time we get together I'll show you how - EASY!
How do you do it Eddie?

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When I stop for a short time (at a store, etc), I ALWAYS leave the bike in gear, so when I come back I approach from the right, hold the grips w/ front brakes ON, and pull the bike upright towards me, resting it against my left hip. Then I can look down and see the oil-level (after 10 or 15 seconds). Works PDG!

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Thanks Ed


On a related matter - how often does anybody have to top up the oil between oil changes?

I have only added oil once in 50,000, whereas a mate on a v-strom had to add oil every 1,000 kms when we rode to Alaska - he went through 1,500+ ml for the ride - nearly a full oil change

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The ONLY time I have ever added oil between oil-changes was on my '08 when I had an oil-leak near the water-pump....

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