Maybe I've always been doing it wrong but I've never thought twice about pulling it off the sidestand from the right side, and while balancing it upright bending over to check the sight glassCheck the oil with bike fully upright. I have never seen a centerstand that did not hold the bike upright. check oil level with bike on centerstand if it has one. other wise to do a good job of checking it you need 2 people. one to hold it upright and one to look for the oil level.