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Offlinejackronner

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    No level ground for the oil sight glass
    « 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.

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      Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
      « Reply #1 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

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        Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
        « Reply #2 on: 2021-07-20 21:53:26 »
        The difference between MIN and MAX is 0.5 l.

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          Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
          « Reply #3 on: 2021-07-20 22:10:20 »
          2014 LC bike the handbook quotes 0.95 litres between Min and Max.

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            Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
            « Reply #4 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.

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              Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
              « Reply #5 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.

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                Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                « Reply #6 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). 

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                  Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                  « Reply #7 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.

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                    Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                    « Reply #8 on: 2021-07-21 11:24:39 »
                    You used to take your bike to a filling station to change the oil?

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                      Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                      « Reply #9 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.

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                        Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                        « Reply #10 on: 2021-07-21 13:33:24 »
                        Is it not possible to fabricate a stand for where you normally park.

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                          Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                          « Reply #11 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

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                            Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                            « Reply #12 on: 2021-07-22 14:57:47 »
                            are you deliberately not writing "you're" to wind him up even further?  :))

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                              Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                              « Reply #13 on: 2021-07-22 22:54:00 »
                              wot me??? :whistle:

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                                Re: No level ground for the oil sight glass
                                « Reply #14 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