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Oil change (2 Quarts?)

Went to stealership, and got washer, filter and 2 quarts of oil for oil change. I asked the person at the counter if 2 quarts was enough, she showed me in the Versys manual where it said 1.9 quarts with filter change. When looking at the bike (cold) I am barely seeing oil in the window? Obviously the fix is to add more oil, but I'm bored at work and just looking for feedback.


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Yeah, I think if you look on the fill plate it says 1.9L. Takes few more ounces over 2 quarts to get it halfway up the sight-glass. 'Specially if you changed the filter too.

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needs more than 2 quarts,especially in cold environments.here during the winter i once managed to fill the bike with 2.15 liters ,about 2.27 quarts.i insist on draining procedure though,it takes me about one hour to drain it properly.
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I put a bit more than 2 quarts in mine and it's about 3/4 up to the full line. I figure the oil will expand when it gets hot, so I'm not too concerned. It's bad to overfill.
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I drain mine with the bike vertical and it takes about 2-1/4 US quarts to fill it up to the middle of the sight glass. I’ve never done it – but given the position of the drain plug, I would guess that you wouldn’t get as much out of it on the side stand.
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No need to let it drain for hours. Pull the plug, let it drain to a very slow drip, no more than a few minutes. Change the filter. Put the plug back in & add 2 quarts, then ride the piss out of it. Don't make it any more complicated than that. 2 quarts is plenty. Change regularly.



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No need to let it drain for hours. Pull the plug, let it drain to a very slow drip, no more than a few minutes. Change the filter. Put the plug back in & add 2 quarts, then ride the piss out of it. Don't make it any more complicated than that. 2 quarts is plenty. Change regularly.
I was gonna say that. Sheesh, how much oil are you going to get out of it once it starts to drip? I did my first filter change and the second oil drain at 600 miles, took about 15 minutes dinking around. Easier to get the filter off with the bottom right shroud removed. If the filter doesn't spin off easy grab it with a large channel-lock.

These things are cake. My KTM 250xcfw dirtbike has a cartridge filter under a cap with 8mm machine screws, the bigger ones have two filters. Then there are two more screens under drain bolts, plus the main drain. It's about a 30 minute job to do them and it goes about 15 hours before you have to do it again. Holds one liter of oil.

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I'm sorry if this seems like an asshat question but are you checking the oil level with the bike on the side stand or upright? Again, sorry if I insult.

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I'm sorry if this seems like an asshat question but are you checking the oil level with the bike on the side stand or upright? Again, sorry if I insult.
I don't know how many times I've had people (non-riding folks) tell me "hey dude, your bike doesn't have any oil in it", while the bike was sitting on the sidestand. I always just look in horror and yell "OH NO!!!".
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I'm sorry if this seems like an asshat question but are you checking the oil level with the bike on the side stand or upright? Again, sorry if I insult.
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better add some more,in my book its wiser to have it almost full while in the upright position or at least 3/4 .the only possibility for the oil is to evaporate,so it wont appear from nowhere unless you was prepared for that
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If you have it on just a rear stand it will read a little different too.

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All very interesting. I just did mine today too. The service guy at the dealership said the same, that it takes a little over 2 quarts. I bought a filter and 2 quarts and said "we'll see whether it needs more or not."

Long story short...oil drained with the oil hot and with bike vertical. Got maybe an ounce more with it tilted slightly to the right. Replaced filter and filled with 2 full quarts (1.9L) oil. Fired it up and let it get warm. Killed it and let it sit a minute. Checked oil in sight glass with bike vertical and it rose all the way up to just below (less than 1/8") the full line. I then rode it for a little over 50 miles. Rechecked for leaks and level. Again, same level as before, just below the full line.
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All very interesting. I just did mine today too. The service guy at the dealership said the same, that it takes a little over 2 quarts. I bought a filter and 2 quarts and said "we'll see whether it needs more or not."

Long story short...oil drained with the oil hot and with bike vertical. Got maybe an ounce more with it tilted slightly to the right. Replaced filter and filled with 2 full quarts (1.9L) oil. Fired it up and let it get warm. Killed it and let it sit a minute. Checked oil in sight glass with bike vertical and it rose all the way up to just below (less than 1/8") the full line. I then rode it for a little over 50 miles. Rechecked for leaks and level. Again, same level as before, just below the full line.




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No need to let it drain for hours. Pull the plug, let it drain to a very slow drip, no more than a few minutes. Change the filter. Put the plug back in & add 2 quarts, then ride the piss out of it. Don't make it any more complicated than that. 2 quarts is plenty. Change regularly.
I agree, service book states 2 quarts, more isn't always better folks.A sight glass is not the same as a dipstick, you don't want it to the max line.

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I've noticed this on two different bikes now, it appears if you change the oil and let it sit for 30 minutes or so the oil level seems to rise. So the oil level may seem low after first changing the oil, but it appears to rise some as time goes by. Just be patient and the oil level should rise to it's proper level.
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Just changed mine yesterday. With filter change, just shy of two quarts brought it up to the upper line on site glass. This is with the bike on the rear stand but sitting on my driveway which slopes enough for the bike to be level on the stand. I wouldn't get too crazy with trying to make sure it is absolutely full. It is probably better to shoot for the middle of the range to allow for various ambient temps.
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What ever oil level between the High and Low sight glass mark is good. Ride on..Guys

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I'm sorry if this seems like an asshat question but are you checking the oil level with the bike on the side stand or upright? Again, sorry if I insult.
No insult, good question. And Yes, upright.
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