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shoild oil level be between the marks while the bike is tilted on the sidestand or while it's standing straight?
 

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The bike should be level, warm and off the side stand.
Page 52 from the Owner
 

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Helps to use a rear stand to really get an accurate reading. I can never tell if the bike is straight up when trying to do it myself without one. Plus, bending down to actually see the window...

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thanks! Helps to RTFM :)

That's the way I check it anyway, but I just thought it's kinda inconvenient on the bike without a centerstand.

I usually do it with a rear stand as well
 

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If you want to check it in the field, or don't have a swingarm stand, I've found this method to feel reasonably safe:

With the bike on it's sidestand, squat on the right side of the bike. Grab the handgrip_and_the front brake with your right hand, grab the frame or footpeg bracket with your left hand. Gently tilt the bike towards you. It's easy to feel when it gets close to the balance point. Inspect oil level, and gently lean it back onto the sidestand.

Of course, if you have the auto-retract sidestand, this method is not so good....
 
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raising the rear on a stand will show less oil then there is......it needs to be upright and both wheels level also.....
 

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i use Speeddog's method for just the reason Retro mentioned. i don't know how i would do it with the auto retract sidestand. two people i guess. actually, i would un-auto the stand.
 

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Have the bike upright and level both front to rear and side to side. I built a wheel chock out of some 2x4's. At first I thought that it would be a pos, but it actually holds the bike like a rock. I put my bike into the wheel chock and check the oil level. When the bike is in a rear wheel stand, the oil level will show higher than it actually is, but not by much. If you want pictures of my el-cheapo wheel chock, I can post some.
 

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Hi lilducbuddy,

Please post some pics. I think we'd all like to see your 2x4 oil checking, Monster hold
 
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the oil level will show higher than it actually is, but not by much.
actually it shows less.....and it's enough to blow black smoke from the overfill.....a common blackflag error on the track from racers adding oil using a rear stand.
I too use the Speeddog method or just peer over while sitting on the bike....the main thing still is level wheels and upright....
 

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Sorry 'bout that. I must of been thinking backwards. Thanks for the correction. I'll get those crazy pics up as soon as I can steal the camera back from my wife. ;D
 
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You guys make things too complicated!

How about just sitting on the bike, holding it straight up, and looking down at the glass? ???

Works for me!
 

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Same here, sit on it and take a look see.
 
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you guys are not seeing the big picture......a chock is useful for other things......like holding the bike up for uh other things....
 

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I do like a nice set of twins and the twins on Retro's webpage are very nice!
 
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