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post #21 of 47 Old 08-20-2019, 10:45 PM
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I just did a quick Google check and it looks like the difference in Volume between 15°c and 100°c is about 6.5%, at least for Fuel oil which I suspect is similar...
My only real-world experience with this was with my recently-owned BMW R1200R. When the oil was cold it would cover about 60% of the sight glass. When it was up to temp it would rise all the way to the top. Of course that bike held more oil volume. Haven't experimented with this on the V-Strom.
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My only real-world experience with this was with my recently-owned BMW R1200R. When the oil was cold it would cover about 60% of the sight glass. When it was up to temp it would rise all the way to the top. Of course that bike held more oil volume. Haven't experimented with this on the V-Strom.
If I get a chance this weekend I am going to look at oil level cold and after idling for three minutes and see how it differs (if at all.) I wonder if on BMW's horizontally opposed engine it is harder for oil to drain back and if they use an internal dry sump system.

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The Honda CB125 only hold 800ml of oil. Hope your bike engine is ok.
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My BMW's never seemed to show less when the oil was cold.

Older BMWs needed to be allowed to rest on the side stand for a few minutes, then put on center stand. This allowed the oil cooler to drain into the sump. They are not dry sump engines. Once on the center stand, a glance at the oil window would give an accurate gauge of oil level.

Many owners would add a bit as it seemed low, but then it would be over full. This was due to not allowing the oil cooler to drain back into the sump. Once you owned the bike a while, you could go directly to the center stand and although it might be a bit below halfway on the window, you knew it was going to be spot on allowing for the oil cooler volume.

Being in the clutch basket business for V STroms, I often get asked about what brand oil to use. My response is "enough"! In my opinion, if you can see the oil in the sight glass when the bike is level, it is probably safe to ride. Over filling isn't good, as it can put more pressure on seals and force oil mist into the airbox. Not rocket science. Get it close to right and it is good to go. Just check it often.....
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I always check the oil when it's cold because I check before a ride.

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Your not allowed to mention that brand you use?! Jeez a little strict there Tom. I don't care who uses what. I only mentioned the brand as it relates to cost of an oil change when you change 4 qts.

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Page 7-20. 2018 Suzuki V-Strom: Check the oil with the bike on a level surface ON THE SIDESTAND.
Run at idle for 3 minutes then let it sit for 3 minutes before checking.

I don't know where you guys are getting this "check the oil with the bike upright" stuff.
You're mistaken. Read your manual again. I posted a screen shot from the manual earlier in this thread which says to hold the bike "vertically" when checking the level.

Sounds like your bike is waaaaay overfilled. I'd quickly fix that.

All our bikes lean at different angles on their side stands due to different tire types, tire wear, suspension preload, ride height mods, etc. Because of this they wouldn't ask people to read a side stand level.
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Sounds kinda dangerous checking the window hunched over while the bike is balanced level. Could get away from you. Does the centre stand get it close to accurate? I think I will make note of the position on the window at the next oil change after putting in the specified amount while on he centre stand

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Sounds kinda dangerous checking the window hunched over while the bike is balanced level. Could get away from you. Does the centre stand get it close to accurate? I think I will make note of the position on the window at the next oil change after putting in the specified amount while on he centre stand
Should be, the problem is that the centerstand is an option so they can't say - check it on the centerstand

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Does the centre stand get it close to accurate?
Yes. Plenty accurate

Of you don't have a center stand you really should own a paddock stand to maintain the bike with. They're not expensive.

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Sounds kinda dangerous checking the window hunched over while the bike is balanced level.
No hunching required. Not hard to hold the bike upright and look down at the site glass while standing. Or, borrow a buddy.
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