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So I recently changed my oil and I put a little less in than I should have. Today I topped it up and now I'm just slightly above the full line. Is that ok? How much is too much?

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I'm just slightly above the full line. Is that ok? How much is too much?
How much is slightly, exactly? Anything above the maximum line is too much. You can easily let out just enough by removing the drain plug a little bit.
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I use a level and set it on the rear rack or the gas tank lid when I check the oil level. doesn't take much error when guessing if the bike is level to change the reading on the site glass quite a lot.-----------
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I agree with invader....anything over should be drained...a lot easier to deal with than busted seals

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Your bike is the level. Just balance the bike on its wheel to check the oil level. It does not effect the oil level much (or at all) in level front to back.

When you run the oil level too high the oil get aireated (can't spell)by the crank. Frothy oil does not lubricate very well and bearing can be damaged.
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I use the level turned sideways --im not checking front to back---I haven't had much luck getting the bike to balance on its own, side to side
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I use the level turned sideways --im not checking front to back---I haven't had much luck getting the bike to balance on its own, side to side
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With the bike on the side stand, stand it up to the balance point while holding to a passenger grab handle. In the morning when it is cold it takes a while for the oil to get to the window. Lean the bike back a forth a little to get a feel of how sensitive the oil level is to bike position.
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Believe it or not, the main cause of bearing failure is over-lubrication.

How that happens if you overfill your crankcase - with too much oil, you will stall the microscopically thin hydro-dynamic wedge of oil that does the actual lubricating of the bearing by separating the metal parts from each other - by not allowing any oil around the bearing to flow away from it, and be replaced by new oil. This is especially true of any rotating part lubricated by the 'splashing' of the oil in the crankcase. Any rotating part actually acts as it's own tiny oil pump - under very specific design conditions.

A 'tiny bit' over will not cause this. The engine is designed to operate within a tolerance range that takes lean angles, hard acceleration, sudden stops, etc. that slosh the oil around inside the crankcase into account. But overfilling is not a good habit to develop.

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If you do over fill. Don't try and drain it. Get some clean clear 3 or 5mm PVC tube and suck it from the filler hole.
You could use a syringe on the end of the hose if you don't like the taste of oil.
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A spray bottle head also works well to suck out excess oil.
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Bet even a cheapo turkey baster would work fine.
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a little won't do much, but.... I once saw a customer who filled a suzuki to the fill plug because he did not know there was a sight window. He brought the machine in because he cracked the top off the piston when it hit the oil level. Now that would be too much....lol
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With your bike level, is the sight window completely covered in oil? If so, I would drain some. If not, and the oil is at the top or a little above the "top fill line" but there is some "clear space" above it in the window, I would not worry about it.

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Thanks guys, some really good comments and advice. I had someone else look while I was sitting on the bike, it's really just barely over the line so I think I'll leave it.

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Was the engine cold?
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Thanks guys, some really good comments and advice. I had someone else look while I was sitting on the bike, it's really just barely over the line so I think I'll leave it.
If you have an old mirror that you could set up in your garage, so that when you roll in, you can just look down and see the oil-level reflected in it.

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