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[probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?


    is it possible?

    i suppose i could just ask some random person on the street to either hop on my bike (which is out of the question) or to sight it for me.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    umm.. I just balance the bike and look...

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    yes it is;
    Possible and a dumb question.

    Read your owner's manual per chance?

    The sv650 will either have a sight glass or a dipstick. Not sure which.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Oh, now I think I knwo what you are asking. Is it possible to hold your bike up and look in the sight glass?

    Wouldn't you be the only one who would know the answer? It all depends on if you can hold the bike upright while on your knees looking at the sight glass.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    This sounds like a post from SBN!

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    lol, i guess that makes sense... sorry guys, it's been a long week. all my profs think it's a wonderful idea to make sure that everyone knows the material before we break for thanksgiving, so i have an exam as well as a paper due in EVERY single one of my 5 classes within a period of 5 days... my brain = fried

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    nope impossible, sorry

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Do it yourself. If you are worried about doing two things at once just lean it up against a wall, near vertical.

    At least you are interested in checking your oil. I just worked on a bike that was down 2 quarts. Total amount of oil required = 3.

    "I just changed it 1 race and a couple of practice sessions ago"

    Uh oh, think about a rebuild....

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Bah bikes dont need oil. I just pee in there, works fine.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    yeah, i just did it by myself -- what a tippy-tottery pain in the ass, lol.

    i was just checking it, not changing it (last time i changed it was 3k mi ago, so i'll probably just ride it a little more and then put her in hibernation).

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Basically you have to find the bike's balancing point then let go of it and quickly check the oil level. the bike should be able to balance upright for a good 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on how level the surface is. this is the only way you will get an accurate reading.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Quote Originally Posted by nt650hawk View Post
    "I just changed it 1 race and a couple of practice sessions ago"

    Uh oh, think about a rebuild....
    In Dans defense in between those 1 race and couple practices he probably crashed about 6 times, so Im sure some leaked out then.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Yup, it's a dumb question.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    I think this is funny....on both stands the bike should be level to check the sightglass...
    barring that, I have exposed beams in my garage ceiling....took a couple ratcheting tie downs, threw them over the 2x4s in the ceiling, and hooked up the triple clamp and the passenger pegs....
    upright, level, and I dont have to work around stands.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Quote Originally Posted by bump909 View Post
    Basically you have to find the bike's balancing point then let go of it and quickly check the oil level. the bike should be able to balance upright for a good 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on how level the surface is. this is the only way you will get an accurate reading.

    Not a good idea in my opinion. Dont let go of it anad expect it to stay up by itself.

    Also, you shouldnt be on the bike when cheniong the level in a sight glass.

    If you are worried, just get a friend to hold it level while you look. Takes all of 2 seconds....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manny View Post
    Not a good idea in my opinion. Dont let go of it anad expect it to stay up by itself.

    Also, you shouldnt be on the bike when cheniong the level in a sight glass.

    If you are worried, just get a friend to hold it level while you look. Takes all of 2 seconds....

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manny View Post
    Not a good idea in my opinion. Dont let go of it anad expect it to stay up by itself.

    Also, you shouldnt be on the bike when cheniong the level in a sight glass.

    If you are worried, just get a friend to hold it level while you look. Takes all of 2 seconds....

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    sooner or later you're gonna buy a front and rear stand...mine are from Pit Bull...problem solved...

    (Btw, I tried the balancing thing. Couldnt find it. Bike fell over 4 times - once on me. I'm OK though. Maybe I need new tires???)

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    change it before hibernation, don't leave oil that has 3k mi in there

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    I'm confused aswell....I think...maybe not.....well maybe yes......

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    Quote Originally Posted by noudidnt View Post
    I think this is funny....on both stands the bike should be level to check the sightglass...
    barring that, I have exposed beams in my garage ceiling....took a couple ratcheting tie downs, threw them over the 2x4s in the ceiling, and hooked up the triple clamp and the passenger pegs....
    upright, level, and I dont have to work around stands.

    seems like a lot of work just to check oil.

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    [probably dumb question] checking oil by yourself?

    i'm out at school and don't have access to anything aside from a parking lot and the tools in my bike toolkit, lol.

    all my friends were in class, cuz it was midday when i wanted to go for a ride.



    and why would it matter having the oil sit around? i'll be starting it periodically, but i can't imagine having oil sitting around for 3mo being any different than oil sitting around for a couple days, even if it has 3k mi... i might be wrong, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kham View Post
    seems like a lot of work just to check oil.
    yeah..you should see what I got to do to take a wheel off

    I am saving up this winter for Woodcraft stands, so for now the tie downs work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noudidnt View Post
    yeah..you should see what I got to do to take a wheel off

    I am saving up this winter for Woodcraft stands, so for now the tie downs work great.
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