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Oil Top Off Volume Question

Hello Team. I have searched all over for the answer to this question but can't seem to find one in the massive amount of oil posts on here.

I have a 2008 DL650. Does anybody know what volume to add to top off the oil from the lower sight glass line to the upper one? I know that I can add a bit, crank/run/check but I thought that I would ask. I definitely do not want to overfill. I would rather be a tiny bit lower than full than bit a tiny bit over.

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Don't run it, then check. The engine should be off for several minutes for most accurate check. Bike should be on level ground & straight up, at the balance point when you check.
Pour a few ounces in, give it a couple minutes to run into the sump/pan, then check.
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Don't run it, then check. The engine should be off for several minutes for most accurate check. Bike should be on level ground & straight up, at the balance point when you check.
Pour a few ounces in, give it a couple minutes to run into the sump/pan, then check.
Engine warm then off right?

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Engine warm then off right?
Makes no matter.

Main thing is that it is sitting for a while.

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The Guru of Stroms, GW, mentioned that on the center stand a full site glass was a full fill of oil.
I usually check mine before the ride for accuracy.
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I found it took 12 oz. on my 650.

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I believe having a high oil level helps keep the stator cool and lengthens it's life.

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Run the bike until properly warmed up. Come home put on center stand and get you a cold drink. After 5 minutes look at the sight glass and see where the oil level is. If it is at mid sight glass or above no need to add. If it below 1/2 way up the sight glass break out the oil jug and top it up. Drizzle oil into the filler hole until you reach the desired level and stop pouring. Let the oil settle for a few seconds then verify its still at the level you want. If good put the filler cap back on and your done. Or add a bit more oil as needed to get to the desired level.


DO NOT worry how much oil in ounces is from low to high. Since you dumping straight from the oil container and watching the level rise its sort of moot.
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The Guru of Stroms, GW, mentioned that on the center stand a full site glass was a full fill of oil.
I usually check mine before the ride for accuracy.
Pretty sure he said that on the center-stand the reading was slightly optimistic so that if it was showing at the top line on the centerstand it was actually slightly below.

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Run the bike until properly warmed up.
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Funny in 13 years of Strom ownership and 49 years of Motorvcycle ownership I have never heard of making sure the oil is warm before checking. For changing the oil yes, always. For checking it, never heard it. Did I miss something?

In 533,500+km / 331,500+ miles of total Strom Mileage I have never intentionally down so either and never had any issues.

This doesn't need to be over thought. Just check the oil level on the centerstand and if it is somewhere between half and full keep riding.

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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