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Oil capacity at oil change

2011 V650. Owners manual says 2.0quarts required when changing oil and filter. When I do an oil & filter change I need something like 2.4 quarts to bring the oil level up to the full mark. 2.0 quarts barely reaches the low oil mark. Bike is level on paddock stand.

Is this common?
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Mine (a Gen III) takes two quarts and it's right in the middle of the window. That's with filter of course.
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kinda depends on if you warm the bike up befor changing the oil and if every drop gets out, on my mk1 it sasys 1.8Qt without changing filter(who does that?)2QT with filter change and 2.5QT when engine is dry, i think they give that range so you dont over fill the motor with oil when doing a oil change and it doesnt all drain out

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2011 V650. Owners manual says 2.0quarts required when changing oil and filter. When I do an oil & filter change I need something like 2.4 quarts to bring the oil level up to the full mark. 2.0 quarts barely reaches the low oil mark. Bike is level on paddock stand.

Is this common?
I would suggest that you check the oil-level w/ the bike LEVEL (on the ground), not on a paddock stand. My 2 Vs show the oil-level as LOW on a stand, but CORRECT w/ wheels on the ground, bike held upright.
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I would suggest that you check the oil-level w/ the bike LEVEL (on the ground), not on a paddock stand. My 2 Vs show the oil-level as LOW on a stand, but CORRECT w/ wheels on the ground, bike held upright.
I stand corrected. Fast Eddie is right. I just tried this again on my V650 and to my amazement the oil sight gauge does show a bit lower with the back wheel off the ground on the paddock stand. Must be an oil sucking Chupacabra lurking in my engine...Lol.

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I would suggest that you check the oil-level w/ the bike LEVEL (on the ground), not on a paddock stand. My 2 Vs show the oil-level as LOW on a stand, but CORRECT w/ wheels on the ground, bike held upright.
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You are absolutely right.
Although I had the bike suspended on both ends. May it wasn't as level as I thought it was.
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Recommended Engine Oil
Type: API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA,
MA1 or MA2
Viscosity: SAE 10W-40
Capacity:
1.6 L (1.7 US qt) (When filter is not removed.)
1.8 L (1.9 US qt) (When filter is removed.)
2.3 L (2.4 US qt) (When engine is completely dry.) (personal experience take around 3.4 QT when changing the Clutch)

Oil Level Inspection
•Check that the engine oil level is between the upper [A] and lower [B] levels in the oil level inspection window.
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○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.


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This was discussed some years back for Gen 1 and we always fill slightly higher than the line on the sight glass. about 2.4litres.
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I noticed that having the bike perfectly level is important even a slight lean left or right makes a fairly significant difference. With the bike on a level surface kick stand down front wheel strait, from the right side of the bike pull it upright until you feel the weight tipping over to the right i.e. the bike just starting to fall towards you, then push back to the upright position, there is a point where you are neither pushing or pulling the bike is level. With the bike leaning even just a few inches throws off the oil level in the sight glass.
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this is where a wheel chock like baxley or even HF comes in handy
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2.4 quarts is for a completely dry engine, which is not the case when changing the oil and filter... My 2007 takes 2.2 quarts after a very thorough draining.

Yes it must be held upright and balanced against gravity, as when you can let it go and it stands up by itself for a moment.

Was there not a reduction in oil capacity for late model Versys 650 with oil pan change?
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