Excellent.....that correct warm up and the 30 second idle is ESSENTIAL for correct oil level. I finally learned that after 8 years of ownership and several oil puddles:}:}
I am so stealing this idea.I know this is dorky, but a few years ago I changed the oil and forgot to put ONLY 3.5 qts in then start it, rev it a few times, shut it off, then continue filling it up. Instead, I just started pouring and pouring right down the funnel until I had oil coming out the top of the oil tank and running all over the bike and all over the floor.
So, dorky or not I didn't want to do that again and I was always having to look up to see how much oil it takes when i was due for an oil change so this is what I came up with.
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I used an old laundry detergent container and cut it down so it would fit under the bike and wrote directions for my short term memory.
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On the other side I made note of how much oil the tank and engine hold.
Pretty pathetic, huh? Oh well, it works!!!
I know this was a few months ago.Forgive my newbie-ness, but do you have to ride it prior to changing, or can you just let it get to operating temp and change then? Got a REAL low front tire so that's why I'm asking. Just gonna pull the front wheel off and go to local gas station to put air in it.
This was so helpful! Avalon and I changed our oil for the first time yesterday (over to synthetic). Her and I kept the pics and directions up on the phone and we were so glad to have had this thread to refer to. We also used a bike lift for the first time and that was the tricky part. We made a huge mess (embarrassing pics below) but are better for the experience and feel accomplished that we did it ourselves
Hmmm..... (noob here) like blocks of wood?yeah, thats about how it looked when i tried to change the oil using a lift. no place to put a catch pan. I usually roll the bike up on blocks (kickstand too) not saying thats the safest way but it allows me to work under the bike and fit a catch can
Hmmm..... (noob here) like blocks of wood?
Thank you so much for that...I am going to scrounge around my mothers garage and see what contraption I can create now.... I am inspired...yeah, im not saying its the best way to do it but im more of a "lets see what i have laying around the shop" type guy than a "what can I go buy" type guy. I just took a 1x6 or 2x6and cut (or found laying around) sections progressively shorter than the last. not sure of the lengths, like 20" 16" 12" and 8" and stack them on top of each other, even with each other at one end and like steps up on the other end then I just ran a 3 or 3.5 in screw through them to keep them from sliding apart. made one for each tire. push the bike up the "ramp" and throw a block of whatever you want thats 4-6" thick under the kickstand and you have nough clearance to work under the bike.
kind of like below.
Like I said, there a probably much better ways to do it, but its scrap lumber, that i can use on other projects as well so it works pretty well for me.
Yeah you overfilled it. Ride it 15 minutes, come to a stop, don't rev motor. Let it sit idling for 30 seconds. Shut it off. Pull dip stick, check while holding bike level. Don't screw in dipstick to check. Yours is going to be way high. Drain some out accordingly...Hello,
Just did my oil change. Took both plugs off as well as the filter, let it drain over night; next morning I leveled the bike, hit the starter button to turn the engine without starting it, let it drain for a couple more hours. Plugged everything back, replaced with new filter, put 2.5 qts of oil in turned it on a few seconds, put the rest of the container in (3.78 total), no oil on dipstick, went and got another qt, ended up putting the whole thing in; just barely on dipstick (yes it's screwed all the way in). Rode it a couple of miles, added another .25 qts and it's midway on the marks. That's about 5 qts total plus I could add another .25 no problem. Specs call for 4.10 w/filter; what is the total system capacity? I know I drained as much as I could get out, but an entire qt. Thanks for any info you give me.
good job and you'll do better next time, but one of you has GOTTA put some polish on those toes.This was so helpful! Avalon and I changed our oil for the first time yesterday (over to synthetic). Her and I kept the pics and directions up on the phone and we were so glad to have had this thread to refer to. We also used a bike lift for the first time and that was the tricky part. We made a huge mess (embarrassing pics below) but are better for the experience and feel accomplished that we did it ourselves