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post #1 of 10 Old 08-10-2014, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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checking oil level

How long does it take to get an accurate reading in the sight glass once you power off the bike after riding?


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Meh, I figure it's probably accurate enough after you finish filling the tank. If not, wait about five minutes and that will give you a really good idea how much oil you've got.
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How long does it take to get an accurate reading in the sight glass once you power off the bike after riding?


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Yeah, not long. 3-5 mins. Oil is hot, it'll 'settle' fast. Personally, I think 3 mins is more than enough.




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Keep in mind that the oil level on the sight glass will be a bit higher if the crankshaft as stopped near BDTC and a bit lower if neat TDC because a couple of ounces will drain out of the crankshaft and oil gallery.
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It is easy to find out to your degree of satisfaction. Shut the engine off and time the rise of the oil in the sight glass. When you are satisfied that it has mostly stopped rising, that is how long it takes.
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It is easy to find out to your degree of satisfaction. Shut the engine off and time the rise of the oil in the sight glass. When you are satisfied that it has mostly stopped rising, that is how long it takes.
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It's not scientific, but I park mine in the garage on a 2X4 under the sidestand, as most owners manuals state vertical bike (although that doesn't happen on the sidestand) and check it the next morning, probably a few minutes should be more than enough hot. Seems to take the ~ exact amount of required oil each change doing this. Reveal, do this with my Harley's too and I think most of my HD buddies put too much oil in their bikes :-(

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Gomotor's to the point recommendation of how long to wait to check oil reminds me of an old teaching colleague who used to nail things in a similar manner, often looking at things from the opposite perspective.

There was another tech instructor who was pompous, arrogant and quite insufferable and used to preface most observations regarding the college's operations with something like, "I've been here for 17 years, so...."

Bill interrupted him at one point to ask, "You say that you've been here for 17 years, and in all that time you haven't been able to find a better job?". That was the end of "17 years" . ;-)
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That 17 year story is funny as similar. I worked at Alcatel-Lucent for almost 10 years and got laid off (first time ever) a little over a year ago. My boss at the times only claim to fame was that right out of college he managed to start at AT&T and through butt kissing managed to achieve promotion to the very lowest level of management where he remained for 30 years. That imho is failure. When the guys in my group asked him why is picked me to be laid off, he said because I made more money than him! I told the guys, you know I make more money because I actually do something :-)

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