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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 ???
 

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Try putting a block of wood under the sidestand, Just make sure you keep your hands close to the handle bars in the event it wants to fall over. If you don't mind me asking, how and why do you keep your bike in the basement? :eek:
 

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I wrote Low and Mean about making a dipstick for this bike. they wrote back saying they thought it was a good idea but have heard nothing for awhile. Write them and put some pressure on them.
 

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Why do you keep your bike in the basement?

"It puts the lotion on it's skin." - Buffalo Bob


It's probably a walkout, right?
 

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Well, the basement is the only place for it. I don't have a carport or garage but basement has double doors that lead out into backyard. Bike stays warm in winter and cool in summer when I'm not riding. It's a good place to work on it. Plenty of room and no cars to worry about. My wife cannot run into it accidently or on purpose. HaHa
 

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Perfect Canyon, I can't think of a better place myself! Double doors make it easy and I'm sure you have downslope away from basement so no worries with flooding!
 

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Dipstick

I made a dipstick out of a piece of aluminum rod. I have attempted to attach a picture but I am not sure if I have done it correctly. Anyhow, here goes.

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