LTD700 Oil Light Issue
Hey all, this is my first post on these forums (obviously). I've been browsing them for a while now because there doesn't appear to be a better resource for Vulcans online anywhere. Mine's not the normal VN750, but it almost is. It's the 1985 LTD700. I bought her about a month or so ago and just put her on the road although she still needs some work.
Basically, I'm having an issue with the Oil light coming on after the bike gets up to temperature. It runs perfectly fine until it gets hot, then little bits of smoke start coming from under my seat, just behind the rear cylinder. I can't actually determine the specific location of whatever is burning, but it smells like oil.
I'll describe my maiden voyage quickly. I let her warm up, then took her out about a mile and a half down the road to a gas station to fill up, but as soon as I pull in the bike stalls and the oil light is on, and stays on until the bike cools down a bit, not allowing me to start it again. It turns over but just doesn't come close to starting. After cooling, she starts back up again and runs fine on the way home, no light.
So I would like to ask a few questions first, what exactly does the oil light indicate? Level? Temperature? Pressure? I have no idea. I would assume it's not the level though, as I think I may have a bit too much in it as of now. The looking glass is completely full when the bike is level and upright. I have to tilt the bike to the right in order to see where the oil level is. I would assume that too much oil would not cause this problem, but I haven't done enough troubleshooting yet to figure it out. My next course of action is to change the oil and filter, but I'm a little unsure of exactly how much it takes. I heard 4.3 quarts somewhere, but wasn't sure if that was for the 750 or not.
Does anyone have a clue as to what may be wrong? I was hoping to get this fixed by the end of next week if possible as I want to ride her up to college for the first month or so.
If you need to know anything else let me know.
Any help is greatly appreciated!