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post #21 of 32 Old 08-19-2019, 02:56 PM
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Don't think warm or cold matters much as long as oil is allowed to settle into the case for a few minutes after riding.
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Maybe not.

Just repeating what my manual says - - don’t check oil level with cold engine. It says to warm it up for at least 5-10 minutes then shut down and wait 5 minutes before checking. Hold bike in vertical position and check level with dipstick setting on top of threaded opening (not screwed into threads.)

I find this a bit annoying, since I’d like to check the oil level BEFORE starting the engine. But I’m getting in the habit of doing it at the end of every ride, after shutting down and letting the bike sit a bit before rolling it into the garage.


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Why don't you try it both ways and see if there is any difference in the readings?
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checking it cold before a ride is fine. The difference between cold and sitting a long time and warmed and letting it sit to run down for a few minutes, is negligible.
as long as its not about to the bottom of the hash marks for the "acceptable" range, and not over the "full" line.

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I just checked it cold. It is roughly 1.5-2 hash marks lower than the warm reading after riding.

Probably not a big difference, but if you were to fill it to the top hash mark while cold, you could end up somewhat overfilled when the engine is fully warmed up.

The instructions for changing the oil in my 2016 owners manual also state to warm the engine up to check the oil level after changing.

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You should NOT screw in the dipstick to check the oil level???

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I see from my owners Manual that is indeed correct. No wonder I've always found the oil to be full! I need to change that procedure for sure.

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I see from my owners Manual that is indeed correct. No wonder I've always found the oil to be full! I need to change that procedure for sure.
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I see from my owners Manual that is indeed correct. No wonder I've always found the oil to be full! I need to change that procedure for sure.
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I just checked it cold. It is roughly 1.5-2 hash marks lower than the warm reading after riding.

Probably not a big difference, but if you were to fill it to the top hash mark while cold, you could end up somewhat overfilled when the engine is fully warmed up.

The instructions for changing the oil in my 2016 owners manual also state to warm the engine up to check the oil level after changing.

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Iíve now done this 3 times and consistently get readings of 1.5-2 hashmarks lower on the dipstick between warm and cold engines.

I am going to stick with the oem ownerís manual instruction to check oil level with a warm engine. Iíve read too many reports/warnings about the danger of overfilling the oil reservoir and causing seal failures.

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