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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-22-2006, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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How to check your oil.

With some of the recent talk of having to get the bike on the center stand for checking the oil level and using mirrors, strange body contorsions, or getting the significant other to look, I never thought to share this tip which might make things a little easier for some.

Get the bike on level ground and up on the center stand, check the oil.
Get the level where you're happy with it.
Now, take the bike off the centerstand, and put it on the sidestand where you plan on usually checking the oil.
Take a good look at the sightglass again and see where it is. If it's now way above the sightglass, well, I just made you read through this for nothing
But, if you can see the level now, just use that as a reference point the next time ya check it.
No more having to be on the centerstand !!
Wouldn't hurt to mark that level in some way if ya need to. Just a small dot of paint should do the trick.

Well, that's my tip for now.


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I don't undersand why so many people have trouble putting the bike on the center stand. I an not that big of a guy and I can do it with little effort, make sure the bike is in neutral or hold the clutch it really helps.

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if the oil level on centerstand is where it should be (the mark or almost touching the upper lip og the glass) there is no way you can see anything while on sidestand. or am i getting it wrong?

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True. Mine is over the top on the side stand.

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Putting this bike on the centerstand is all technique, not muscles or weight. I'm always afraid that I'll do it too hard and bust the centerstand, after wrestling with my cop bike for 6 months before I bought the Vulcan.

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Ya got a good point Tank.
I was on my way home from work lastnight/this morning when I thought about it, and didn't really look at the bike before I posted this.

Guess it's another one of those "Look before ya type" things !!
In that case...

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center stand!?!?!? our bike has a center stand??!?!?! man that works so much better when pulling off the back tire then using my youngest brother as a jackstand...lol

I've found you can just step really hard on the stand and just use your hands to steady the bike and that works. then again i am also 200 lbs. :P

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I'm over 210, and that doesn't work for me. The trick for me is to pull back with the handlebars while pushing down hard on the centerstand.

How did this go from a goofy oil check to a center stand debate?
(sorry Hyper - for a little while I was starting to think that your sight glass was higher than mine)

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my technique is to stand on the left side of the bike, with my left hand on the handle bars, right foot on the center stand right hand on the chrome just underneath the seat and just pull up with my right hand, seems to work prtty well, hope this helps.....
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I have posted this before somewhere: Drive the rear wheel up on a one-inch board and then pull the bike up onto the centerstand. That extra one-inch makes all the difference. Without it there is no way I can it get up on the center stand. But then, I'm a lightweight--140 lbs.
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