I know this has been discussed here before, but I can't help but complain each time I think about checking the oil level. The sight window just isn't a good thing. Not only is it hard to see but you must have someone hold the bike level while you look at it. On top of that you must run the engine for a few minutes, shut it off and wait for the oil to settle before you can get an accurate reading. This is explained in the owners manual and it must be so because I have tried to get a reading on a cold engine and sometimes it appears to be near the top mark and other times it completely covers the sight window. I have a bike lift, but what a hassel just to check the oil level. Moreover, I keep the bike in my basement and don't want to run the engine in an unvented room. Has anyone one here checked to see if a dipstick is feasible or have any other less cumbersome method ? If the bike had a centerstand like some others it would not be an issue. What was Yamaha thinking ???