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post #11 of 18 Old 09-02-2019, 01:37 PM
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I've noticed mentioned in threads like these that people check the oil with the bike on the center stand. This doesn't make any sense since the rear wheel is raised and the bike doesn't come with a center stand, therefore the site glass is designed to be read with both wheels on the ground, bike straight up at 90 degrees.

When my oil level is just below the top line in the site glass when the bike is straight up, the level will be above the entire glass when on the center stand. Only one of those readings is right, and it ain't the center stand reading.

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On the center stand, the bike is tilted forward to a degree. This is the reason why it is recommended to fill the sight glass to very near the top of the glass (see post #9) and as a final check, by holding the bike level on two wheels, to recheck the oil level. Over time, you will come to trust which of these oil level checking methods works best for you.
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That star shaped thing is also the clip that stops the sight glass disappearing into the engine.
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I've noticed mentioned in threads like these that people check the oil with the bike on the center stand. This doesn't make any sense since the rear wheel is raised and the bike doesn't come with a center stand, therefore the site glass is designed to be read with both wheels on the ground, bike straight up at 90 degrees.

When my oil level is just below the top line in the site glass when the bike is straight up, the level will be above the entire glass when on the center stand. Only one of those readings is right, and it ain't the center stand reading.
I think all of us are a bit too anal about this since Suzuki gives us a rather large margin between those two hash marks. On my 07 running hard on slab I have added as much as a half a quart with no ill effects. A little over, a little under.....meh.
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On the center stand, the bike is tilted forward to a degree. This is the reason why it is recommended to fill the sight glass to very near the top of the glass (see post #9) and as a final check, by holding the bike level on two wheels, to recheck the oil level. Over time, you will come to trust which of these oil level checking methods works best for you.
Yup totally agree and how I've always done it, I have also noticed that with our without a filter change, I can put in "exactly" what is specified on the crankcase and the level is always spot on the top fill mark. So it's 2400ml with filter, and approx 2200ml without a filter. I also check/adjust chain tension on the centerstand as well.....yup I'm a rebel.
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Bike on two wheels, level surface, and standing upright balanced left to right. Oil level at F
I think every damn bike I have owned uses this method...

I keep mine just up to bottom of the site glass...KLR650 also.

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site glass is redundant warning system to the tapping / knocking sound right?
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Maintaining the correct oil level is strongly advised, not only for best engine lubrication, but also to reduce the risk of stator related issues.
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