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BMW R 1200RT => General Discussions => Topic started by: jackronner on 2021-07-20 05:50:58

Title: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: jackronner on 2021-07-20 05:50:58
I remember when filling stations took care to provide level ground so you got an accurate oil level reading.  Damned if I can find one today.  One axis is always off, perhaps to facilitate water runoff.  Frustrating.


The best I can do is position the bike 90 degrees to the grade.  I figure this minimizes any lateral lean, and simply rotates the oil level in the sight glass.  My question is: Since I think that the level should optimally be taken on flat ground with rear tire off the ground,  if the nose is on the upper side of the slope will I still get an accurate reading?  Sometimes the pitch makes the rear tire hit the ground.  My thought is that if it's anything short of the optimal position,  any internal machinery would either displace or free up oil space, yielding a false reading of more or less oil.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: exportman on 2021-07-20 19:29:43
Hi


There is almost 1L between the minimum and the maximum oil levels  a small slope is not going to make that much difference


Stop fretting and get riding
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: David. on 2021-07-20 21:53:26
The difference between MIN and MAX is 0.5 l.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: Levisp on 2021-07-20 22:10:20
2014 LC bike the handbook quotes 0.95 litres between Min and Max.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: David. on 2021-07-20 22:20:18
I believe that the Hexhead and Camhead are both the same, 0.5 l between Min and Max.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: burridge01 on 2021-07-21 09:46:34
Am I the only one wondering why the op doesn't just find a bit of level ground,its not rocket science.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: jackronner on 2021-07-21 10:47:34
Burridge,  As I said, it is hard to find nowadays, unless you carry around a leveling glass.  I guess a covered parking garage would be good if you want to pay each time you change your oil.  Maybe you should be a bit more level-headed and keep the discussion on the forum more civilized. It's not rocket science (nor is proper spelling - note the use of the apostrophe). 
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: burridge01 on 2021-07-21 11:10:36
Thank you for correcting my spelling faux par and jolly good luck in finding a level surface in America.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: BoB21 on 2021-07-21 11:24:39
You used to take your bike to a filling station to change the oil?
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: jackronner on 2021-07-21 12:28:54
BoB,  Don't have a level parking area, I live in the hills, and they used to be reliably level so you could check your oil level while filling up, or even add a little next time you went for fuel.  If there's even a slight lateral incline it gives a really inaccurate reading, that's why I point the bike up any noticeable incline.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: BoB21 on 2021-07-21 13:33:24
Is it not possible to fabricate a stand for where you normally park.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: exportman on 2021-07-21 18:52:06
There is a tolerance so any ground that's nearly level its not  going to make that much difference.


Think your making a mountain out of a mole hill
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: Hors Piste on 2021-07-22 14:57:47
are you deliberately not writing "you're" to wind him up even further?  :))
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: exportman on 2021-07-22 22:54:00
wot me??? :whistle:
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: PeteM on 2021-07-23 10:06:26
Find bit of ground where you can get both wheels at the same level, This will mean the bike will be across the incline.


Get friend to hold bike vertically.


Check oil


Stop worrying about it
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: Our Gee on 2021-07-23 18:15:29
Find bit of ground where you can get both wheels at the same level, This will mean the bike will be across the incline.


Get friend to hold bike vertically.


Check oil


Stop worrying about it


When friend slips and is about to drop bike, lightning reactions are required to avoid bike crushing head between nearside cylinder and ground.
Title: Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
Post by: sakm on 2021-07-24 01:22:26
When friend slips and is about to drop bike, lightning reactions are required to avoid bike crushing head between nearside cylinder and ground.





Probably best to find someone who can hold a bike up then!


No one needs friends who can't hold a bike  :))