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How much oil to add?

Hi All, The viewing glass on my 650 is showing about 1/3 of the range on oil. I would like to top it up a little today for a high speed run tomorrow. How much should I add to bring it up to near full? I will try to do it in stages, but there is nobody here to hold the bike while I add. Thanks

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the two lines is about 1/2 quart

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Honestly your oil level is probably fine now.. but you could add 1/3 of a quart to raise it a bit, if i'll help you sleep at night.

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you can use a brick or some wood to put under the kickstand to level the bike....

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The best method (imho) to get the bike level is to balance it on its wheels. I squat down and pull the bike over to the tipping point while observing the oil window. I add oil about 2 oz at a time to get it to the top line.
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I remember another inmate setting a mirror on the floor so he could see the oil level while he straddled the bike.
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The best method (imho) to get the bike level is to balance it on its wheels. I squat down and pull the bike over to the tipping point while observing the oil window. I add oil about 2 oz at a time to get it to the top line.
Yeah, I remember pulling the bike over onto myself one time doing that balance trick. Thank God the V and I got out without any injury, except for my pride in trying to tell my wife what the hell happened.

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you could also just put the bike on the rear stand d(if you have one)

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a quick and dirty is a brick under the side stand... as mentioned above

but you can also rest the bike against a tree or pole against the rear grab handles.
Tie the bike off with some rope so it wont fall on you... then you do a quick top up.


I always have a 10m x5mm thick rope under my seat. Always handy.
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I use a 2x4 to straighten up the versys and secure it to some beams in the garage ceiling with some rope. Works nicely.
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Y'all are make this so hard. Can't believe I said that.
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The best method (imho) to get the bike level is to balance it on its wheels. I squat down and pull the bike over to the tipping point while observing the oil window. I add oil about 2 oz at a time to get it to the top line.
I do pretty-much the same, EXCEPT I bend over to see the oil-level, and USUALLY do it while riding when I stop for something, say at the library.

I add oil if necessary, at home, and just a bit at a time, pulling the V to vertical to check after adding it. BASICALLY - except for when I had an oil-leak near the water-pump on my '08 - I NEVER add oil between changes (each 5,000 miles//8,000 kms), and the '08 has 60,800 miles on it, SO FAR...!

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