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Mixed Messages on Checking Oil Level

I know this has been hashed back and forth but humor me. I recently bought a 2012 Burgie 400 with 3,000 miles. Dealer said to just focus on the recommended AMOUNT of oil, see where it is in the sight glass window on the center stand - and use that as a baseline.

Others say it should be checked with tires on a flat surface and held vertical by a helper (in my case, wife) and check the sight glass.
Still others say on the CS but push the back tire down some to level it out - and THEN check the sight glass.

HELP and THANKS!!! Mike
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Yup, those are the arguments / options. Which to choose is up to you.

I'm a CS, fill it and forget it kinda guy. There's a small margin of error, but not enough to worry about. Note that I'm at 54k miles and running strong. Couldn't be too horrible.
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Too many questions, not enough riding. These bikes are not fragile. Keep the oil level above minimum, change it regularly, and get out there and ride!
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A trick for checking the sightglass while sitting on the bike is use a telescoping inspection
mirror which can be found most everywhere.
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Thanks very much! I guess I'm overthinking it.
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Thanks very much! I guess I'm overthinking it.
No worries, everybody waaayy overthinks this!
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O.M. and a tele mirror.

When I change the oil, I use a home-built front wheel stand to keep the bike upright, for final fill.

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If you put one foot on the centre stand the bike will stand perfectly upright with no muscle required.

As long as the floor is level of course.
Don't put the bike on the stand, just put your foot on the stand foot so that it contacts the floor.
I've never needed a mirror or an assistant.
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I know this has been hashed back and forth but humor me. I recently bought a 2012 Burgie 400 with 3,000 miles. Dealer said to just focus on the recommended AMOUNT of oil, see where it is in the sight glass window on the center stand - and use that as a baseline.

Others say it should be checked with tires on a flat surface and held vertical by a helper (in my case, wife) and check the sight glass.
Still others say on the CS but push the back tire down some to level it out - and THEN check the sight glass.

HELP and THANKS!!! Mike
I had the Red F1 light to com on and the oil level light to come o. I added 1/2 quart of oil that just it shy of the top of sight glass. Cranked and ran for 30 seconds and light did not go out? Got any suggestions. Has 10,000 miles and 2008 model 650 exec.
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