It was that time again, time for an oil change. Decided to also do the transmission and final drive oil. I have done the final before, but not the transmission. With oil in hand and the manual open to the correct pages, I dove in. Over all it went pretty well and was pretty easy, even with the electric center stand trying to block things. And the bike seems to like it. Purrs like a kitten and shifts are nice and slick now.
Couple of things I noted though while doing this, thought I would pass them along to others.
1. Always read all the steps before you start do something you haven't done before. I was not aware the transmission drain plug was a 14 mm until I got to that point. Hmmmm. A check here on the forum told me what to do. Quick trip to the store and I was in business. Of course once home I did find I had a 14 mm socket set up, but it would not fit into the tiny space, so back to the forum solution. All is well
2. Funnels, buy funnels. Don't gerry-rig something. Time will be saved.
3. When you are done draining the oil and the pan is no longer under the bike, empty it. Don't just slide it off to the side where you think it is safe and it won't get kicked. Empty it.
4. Next time you are at the store and find yourself thinking, "hmm kitty litter, I should get some of that for my next oil change, just in case. Ah maybe next time." WRONG, get it then! Don't wait. You will never have enough paper towels, shop towels or anything else. Get it.