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    Checking the oil...

    Hey I'm new to the Blackbirds and love 'em! I was wondering though...how should I check my oil? Every bike is different. Does it need to be on centerstand or sidestand? does the stick need to be screwed in...or just barely on? I've had bikes with all the different variations...how are the birds set up?

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    Re: Checking the oil...

    I say on the centre stand, not screwed in all the way and warm, not cold like tires.




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    Re: Checking the oil...

    Those guys are right, but the phrasing was a bit awkward.

    As I understand it, warm the bike, centerstand it, pull and clean the dipstick and then REST it in the hole. Do not screw it in. There's your level.

    Now, in a minor thread-jack, what to do if you have no friends and no centerstand. I have a rear stand, but obviously that will pitch things forward a bit. I suppose I could just sit on it and balance it myself that way. To be honest, I don't check it much because I have it changed regularly at the shop and it doesn't seem to burn/leak a drop.

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    Re: Checking the oil...

    I've had bikes like that before...just jump on it like you are riding...keep both feet down and hold the bike up with your legs. Just be careful...because if you get it leaning to much when you bend over to check the oil it could get a bit hairy...

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    Re: Checking the oil...

    Quote Originally Posted by firenspeed View Post
    Those guys are right, but the phrasing was a bit awkward.

    As I understand it, warm the bike, centerstand it, pull and clean the dipstick and then REST it in the hole. Do not screw it in. There's your level.

    Now, in a minor thread-jack, what to do if you have no friends and no centerstand. I have a rear stand, but obviously that will pitch things forward a bit. I suppose I could just sit on it and balance it myself that way. To be honest, I don't check it much because I have it changed regularly at the shop and it doesn't seem to burn/leak a drop.
    o.k. first of all, not having any friends is not really a problem. If you check some of the threads here, a lot of us don't have any friends. Now, if you don't have a center stand either you can hold the bike evenly balanced, then you have approximately 2.9 seconds to check the oil before the point of no return (2.3 if you have bags mounted), so you have to be pretty quick. I suggest doing it in stages. Good luck!
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    Re: Checking the oil...

    I have a center stand AND friends (does my wife count?), but I still check mine while "sitting" on the bike. I stand up and balance the bike with my legs while checking the oil. As stated, unscrew the dipstick, pull it out and wipe it off. Then re-insert the dipstick w/o screwing it in and check the reading. I don't think it's that difficult, but I am 6'1" and have long legs.
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