Originally Posted by kriach
On the 2007 LT the owners manual says engine at operating temperature, on the center stand and the level is Max - top of sight glass, Min - Bottom of sight glass. Allow 5 miniutes after stopping the engine and placing the bike on the center stand for the oil to drain back.
You know, I think it does say that. But if I remember correctly, it also says the bottom is the minimum on the side stand as well. Since on the side stand and on the center stand are certainly 2 different readings, I believe a misprint is in order. There is usually, on level ground, a half bubble difference between center and side stand.
If one ran the level at the bottom of the sight glass in all cases, they may risk not knowing how much oil is really in the sump.
- Geez - even the oil level has to be ambigous
Got me doubting things so rechecked my manual, Clymer, and BMW CD manual. All agree bottom of the glass on centerstand. My owners manual does say, bottom of glass on both stands, what's up with that? The Clymer goes so far as to state, "early LT's had a reference for checking on the side stand, but we will only consider the centerstand here."
So I stand corrected as, let it ride until the bottom of the glass. I must have read the owners manual once and got it in my mind that the half bubble difference was the way to go regardless of the ambiguity. After many oil changes, the half bubble rule does apply center to side stand on level surface.
So the newer owners manuals just leave out the side stand check, huh?
No wonder you had to ask