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Old 08-07-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Proper way to check oil?

The part that I'm?ing is what position the bike should be in. So on my CBR1k the manual says to place the bike upright on a level surface. I've always assumed that it should be level as in on stands and not just the kick stand. But I had the stealership do the first oil change. And when I checked it after, it is full while sitting on the side stand. they overfilled it.

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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I don't recommned checking it on stands either as the front and rear won't be level wth each other.
Hold the bike straight up and down and check the oil then.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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Like Patrick said, on a flat surface stand the bike up and feel for that balance point when it is straight up and down. I do it on my knees, left hand on the ground and right hand on the grip so I can get view on the sight glass.
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I don't recommned checking it on stands either as the front and rear won't be level wth each other.
Hold the bike straight up and down and check the oil then.
That's usually the way I do it.
1 pull & wipe the dipstick
2 hold the bike straight up
3 put the dipstick back in ( but don't screw it in)
I think I'm going to take it back to the dealer and have them drain some of the oil out tomorrow. Just so I have it on record that they overfilled it.

The main reason I wanted to clarify the way to do it. Is that the manual says "place the bike upright" That's kind of vague. In my opinion it's always upright. And when I pulled the DS out to wipe it off, yesterday. It showed as full on the side stand. So it made me wonder if I'd been doing it wrong.
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I wish they still installed dip sticks. I hate reading a sight glass
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Current CBR's don't have sight glasses.

Using front and rear stands (+ or _ some wood to shim them to equal heights) is the easiest OCD way to do it, IMO.
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What year is your CBR?
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I wish they still installed dip sticks. I hate reading a sight glass
My Triumph only has a dip stick and I really wish there was a sight glass. Don't really see why they couldn't do both.
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Can you still use the sight glass if you change the geometry of the bike significantly? Say if you were to put 17" motard wheels on a dirt bike, which might lower the front end going from a 21". That could change the level in the sump where the sight glass reads and make it look lower or higher depending on which direction the geometry changed. Just curious if any motards or other motorcycles have to account for this and how they do it.
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I thought per the manual for that specific bike would be best.
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Warm up the bike to 170 degrees, shut off bike and let stand for 5min. Check oil level at a straight up position. It's fine on the stands as long as the clearance from both tires is the same as when the bike is on the ground. I have the shop manual if you need reference.
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So I stopped by the stealership yesterday and the service guy at the front desk told me that since I paid for 4 quarts they put for quarts in. he claimed thats the way he's always done his 600s and he's never had a problem. never mind the fact that the engineers at the manufacturer listed 3.2qts. as full.

I think its safe to say I won't be going back to Texas Powersports of Pasadena for service again.
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Holy Jeesus. You are lucky you didn't blow a gasket.

I blew up a Vulcan by overfilling it with oil (15 years ago). Now I let Motorcycles Unlimited do my maintenance.
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So I stopped by the stealership yesterday and the service guy at the front desk told me that since I paid for 4 quarts they put for quarts in. he claimed thats the way he's always done his 600s and he's never had a problem. never mind the fact that the engineers at the manufacturer listed 3.2qts. as full.

I think its safe to say I won't be going back to Texas Powersports of Pasadena for service again.
Wow, " Well you paid for 40PSI of air , so I put 40 in instead of Man. recommended 28-30"
That logic fails me/
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Holy Jeesus. You are lucky you didn't blow a gasket.

I blew up a Vulcan by overfilling it with oil (15 years ago). Now I let Motorcycles Unlimited do my maintenance.
I usually do my own routine maint. The only reason it went to the dealer this time was that it was the first break-in service. I should have taken it back to Northwest Honda where I bought it, but Pasadena is a lot closer to my job.
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That logic fails me/
It fails me too. I would have rather they give me the leftovers so I could top it off (if needed) later. And it makes me believe that they are more interested in getting the bike out the door and the next one in, rather than doing a professional job.

That could have just been his answer to cover his for getting busted f'ing up the job.

This reminds me of my first service (at the dealer) on my SUV.
When they brought it out afterwards I asked the service manager how they could have changed the transmission filter without knocking the dirt off (that was covering) the bolts holding the tranny pan on.

They ended up not charging me for any service that he couldn't look at and prove was done. Knocking $300 dollars off of the bill.
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