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02-04-2020 07:12 PM
Navigator Checking the oil on my KLR is actually pretty easy. I say "my" because mine is pretty stripped down with no windscreen, bags etc. In fact when I checked it last night I was sitting in the chair at my desk in the shop. I just reached over and pulled it upright. Oil was at the top of the window. I find windows to be a PITA anyway but they are pretty common with the KLR's being easier to read than most. On some one has to get down on his hands and knees. Another nice think about the KLR is that it sits pretty upright on the side stand.

That's an interesting factoid about TDC and BDC pd

And how about that 2.5 L. The same was with my Rocket 3 with the oil capacity given in liters in the manuals instead of quarts. I just did the conversion and it's 2.64 quarts. The Rocket had both a wet sump and an oil tank under the gas tank on the left and one checked the oil generally on the side stand. One gets the same gripes on the Rocket forums, that is, why doesn't the manual stipulate when to check it.

Terry, I've screwed hockey pucks onto the ends of the kickstand one a couple of my bikes as well as on friend bikes. These area the real leaners.
02-04-2020 10:13 AM
pdwestman
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Checking oil.

I don't want to be asking a stupid basic question but I went to both search boxes and entered "how to check oil" and got one thousand google search results. Is there no mechanism to do a forum search? Again, new member.

In any event, I received my new owners manual that I bought on ebay and have been reading it carefully. Of course most of it is "how to ride a motorcycle" crap but when I went to the oil change section, it gives directions for draining the oil and replacing the filter with the bike on the side stand. Like so many other owner's manuals for bikes that have sight glasses, it says to check the oil level after filling but does not say to do it on the side stand or with the bike upright. Really? Big difference.

My new to me 08 has about 800 miles on the oil change which was done by the dealer. Withh the bike upright, it is at the top of the sight glass but when the bike is on he side stand the oil is nowhere to be seen. So how does one check the oil on the KLR?
The KLR and all other wet sump motorcycle engines oil levels should to be checked with the bikes near level in both directions, just like automobiles.

The mark near the oil window reads 2.5 L as does your owners handbook, correct? While on the side stand that may barely touch the bottom of the window, before you fill the oil filter. So stand it up straight.
Then start it up to fill the filter, turn it off, wait 2 minutes, re-check level. Prefer to keep to upper mark or top of window.

The oddity about the KLR engines is that the oil filter drains back into the sump, mostly or totally depending on whether or not the crankshaft stops near TDC or BDC and whether or not a centerstand or sidestand was deployed and Hot oil accelerates the drain back time.
So before 1st start-up of day always confirm Top of window. But don't be too surprised to see minus an 1/8th inch at gas station 2 blocks from your house, that is still Well Above the low mark so Ride on.
02-04-2020 07:51 AM
terry_g I had a collection of wood scraps building up around my bandsaw.
I found one an inch thick and a little bigger the foot on the sidestand.
I put it under the stand foot and it raises the bike enough the the oil
is visible about a quarter way up the sight glass when filled to max.

Terry
02-03-2020 11:33 PM
Navigator
How do you check the oil?

Checking oil.

I don't want to be asking a stupid basic question but I went to both search boxes and entered "how to check oil" and got one thousand google search results. Is there no mechanism to do a forum search? Again, new member.

In any event, I received my new owners manual that I bought on ebay and have been reading it carefully. Of course most of it is "how to ride a motorcycle" crap but when I went to the oil change section, it gives directions for draining the oil and replacing the filter with the bike on the side stand. Like so many other owner's manuals for bikes that have sight glasses, it says to check the oil level after filling but does not say to do it on the side stand or with the bike upright. Really? Big difference.

My new to me 08 has about 800 miles on the oil change which was done by the dealer. Withh the bike upright, it is at the top of the sight glass but when the bike is on he side stand the oil is nowhere to be seen. So how does one check the oil on the KLR?

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