How to manually turn the engine?
Sadly, the cold weather is approaching. As part of the maintenance in putting the bike down for a long winter's nap, I was planning on spraying some "fogging oil" into the cylinders thru the spark plug holes.
But I've read several articles that recommend that, after spraying in the fogging oil, you should crank the engine a couple of revolutions to ensure that the oil is distributed throughout the cylinders.
How does one do that on a V-Strom 650A? I assume that you do NOT want the spark plugs to fire; you just want to turn the engine somehow to move the pistons back and forth in the cylinders. Would I need to disconnect all the spark plug wires? I was hoping to avoid that, as the "inside" plugs are a pain to get to. I was hoping to spray the fogging oil in thru the "outside" plug holes.
Can the engine be cranked manually somehow without the starter? Can I push it in gear? Or turn the rear wheel while the bike is on the center stand? Or can I turn the engine using the hex socket on the left side of the engine? In gear? In neutral?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!