I changed the oil on the V1 today, and put her to bed for the winter. While I was adding oil, I watched the level go up and down in the sight glass. I ended up putting in 1 gallon (US), rather than the 4.2 quarts the manual calls for. However, I don't see any oil line across the sight glass. Meaning, I guess, the oil level is above the upper line.
Is this normal? While running the bike all year, I would always see the oil line across the centre of the sight glass.
An American gallon = 4 US quarts. Engine oil capacity is actually 4.0 US quarts
when replacing filter.
It should always be held up balanced vertically for a precise and reliable oil level reading.
○Situate the motorcycle so that it is perpendicular to the ground.
○If the motorcycle has just been used, wait several minutes for all the oil to drain down.
○If the oil has just been changed, start the engine and run it for several minutes at idle speed. This fills the oil filter with oil. Stop the engine, then wait several minutes until the oil settles.
Racing the engine before the oil reaches every part can cause engine seizure.
If the engine oil gets extremely low or if the oil pump or oil passages clog up or otherwise do not function properly, the warning indicator light (LED) and oil pressure warning symbol will blink. If this blink stays on when the engine is running above idle speed, stop the engine immediately and find the cause.
-If the oil level is too high, remove the excess oil, using a syringe or some other suitable device.