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post #1 of 12 Old Aug 7th, 2006, 2:45 pm Thread Starter
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Question checking the oil level

As you may have read I temporarily have a GT as a loan. I don't have any instruction manual, so I can't search for myself how to check the oil level. Every now and then a signal on the LCD shows: <!>
From other forums I understood that this indicates the oil level is low. But how low?

I couldn't find any check glass as can be found on the flying bricks.

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There is a dipstick under the rider's seat. It's well-marked...can't miss it.
(Dry sump engine = way different than the Flying Brick.)

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Thanks Joe. So, how do I check it?

If I now unscrew the lid and take it out (engine switched off a few hours ago) the stick is dry. If I turn the key on (without starting the engine) the BC display says Oil ---

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With the engine off, the oil should register between the two little marks on that dipstick.

As far as the display...
Oil --- just means that the oil can't be read at that time. (i.e. the bike is not still, or has not been still long enough for a valid reading.)
Oil with a check mark - means that the oil level is good. This should appear if you leave the bike idle for longer than 30 seconds and scroll through the parameters with the BC button.

Take your time filling the oil reservoir. I does not accept a lot of oil at a time. You're probably just 1/4 to 1/2 quart low.
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Erwin,

Since you do not have the manual, I will give you some info from mine. Being a dry sump, it is counter intuitive. So, from the book:

Make sure ground is level and firm and place motorcycle at operating temperature on center stand. Let engine run in neutral for one minute.
Switch off engine. Removing driver's seat. Wipe area around oil fill location clean. Place dipstick on oil fill location, but do not install. Make sure that dipstick is inserted into guide (a small, round hole). Remove oil dipstick and read off oil level. One warning..."To insuure oil level is correct, only check the oil level after a longer trip." This is SO German! They continue..."The oil level varies with the temperature of the oil. The higher the temperature the higher the oil level in the oil tank. Check the engine oil level immediately after a long journey." Another warning... "Checking the oil level with the engine cold or after a short trip leads to misinterpretations and therefore to incorrect oil fill quantities."

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Thanks Guys. I will take it out for a good spin and check the oil level afterwards today.

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Erwin,

Since you do not have the manual, I will give you some info from mine. Being a dry sump, it is counter intuitive. So, from the book:-------------- Check the engine oil level immediately after a long journey." Another warning... "Checking the oil level with the engine cold or after a short trip leads to misinterpretations and therefore to incorrect oil fill quantities."
That should warm Mike Kneebone's heart! Think of all the people who will be paying for Saddle Sore certifications for every oil check!

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Did they change it on the GT?

My K1200S has a Min/center/Max marks on the outside of the Oil Reservoir and a little sifon (spelling?) style plastic hose were you can see where the oil is, in the side stand it will show Min if you lift the bike from the side stand and try to center it, you will see the oil on the MAX line.

I love that mechanism, you don't have to get on your knees to see the level (04 RT), or use a flash light (02 LT) and althought I like the honda's with their car like dip sticks on the oil fill cover, you always have to make sure you have a rag or paper to clean it so you can stick it back in to read the level and oil seems to alway find a way to drip on the garage floor or on you or on the bike.

So the K1200S to me is the best system I am have ever had on a bike.

So the GT I guess does not have that plastic hose? Man they can't decide on keeping something standard can they?

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Do you mean this hose?


It's there, but it's a bit hard to see due to the side panels. Also, I don't see any min/max marking on it.

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Based on the photo , it looks like the GT has either the frame or fairings in front of the hose, not allowing you to see the level of the oil in there, a little different design I guess. I would follow the advice from the GT owners that posted, they would know I don't own one.

When you get back to your dealer take a look at the K1200S and K1200R and you will see what I am talking about. Very cool way to check oil level.

Joe (Messenger13) is the expert in 7000 miles looks like he changed the oil 7 times (LOL just kidding Joe).

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Joe (Messenger13) is the expert in 7000 miles looks like he changed the oil 7 times (LOL just kidding Joe).
You say that like it's a BAD thing?!

Engine oil's cheaper than . . . engines!
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