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Old 03-06-2012, 06:09 PM   #37
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Location: Costa Rica Centro America
Oddometer: 181
Hard to check the oil

Originally Posted by Geek View Post
Check your oil after every ride until you get to know your bike.

Some of these bikes do consume oil and every one seems to be different.

As per your owner's manual, you want to check the oil when the engine is hot but I would also offer:
Come up with a consistent way to check your oil and do it the same every time (because the levels will read differently depending on engine temperature).
Personally I do it every time I get home and roll into the garage after taking my helmet and gloves off (i.e. engine at full temp).

The difference between the max oil line and the min (end) of the dipstick is 500ml of oil. As per your owner's manual, you screw it all the way in to the bottom before you remove it to check it.

You may find your first several rides that the bike is not using any oil, but the first time you really ride it hard (say spinning up the tire offroad or getting stuck and slipping the clutch a bunch) your oil consumption may be higher for that specific ride because of the revs you used.

Overtime you'll get to know *your* bike and when (if) you need to top it off; just take the time to build that relationship instead of assuming "things are all good".
I really appreciate all this info here. even though I am not a new 950/990 owner I could tell that to check the oil level is almost impossible on this bikes, I have had a 05 950 a 07 990 and now I have a 12 990 R and canīt read properly the oil level, actually I change the oil yesterday with out a needed because the level was to low (min mark) I did not add any thing because I had added to much oil and the mark was still on the min mark, at the end I took out 3.6 liters, I put 3 liters of new synthetic oil and did what ever the manual says and the mark is still on the min mark.. WTF I donīt understand.

Any way, just wanted to say that since to ride the bike with low oil is as bad as ride it with to much oil and most of the times (in my case) I donīt know if my bike has the oil it needs.

Any thought will be appreciate.
Sorry if this does not belong to this thread. Sorry also for my English, it is not my primary language.
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