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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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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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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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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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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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