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Probably one of the most important things to check on the bike and they made it impossible to do by yourself. You literally need to lie on the ground in order to see the little window and unless you're an ape your arms are not long enough to hold the bike up straight at the same time.

Sorry YAM but this is a horrible design.

I'm loving the bike, just not working on it.
 

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I do have Ape arms, and Have checked it that way, but extremely nervous about accidentally let go of the handlebar, because there would be no way to grap it from going over. Yes- Terrible design!!
 

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That is funny; I worried about it myself. My dealer told me to make sure to check the levels while I was in the break in period. I had to take a coworker out w/ me so he could balance it while I checked the level.
 

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Block of wood to put under the kickstand to "rest" it on to keep the bike level and then just hang on the bar. Keeps you from trying to hold the bike level and lets you focus on checking the oil.
 

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Xavier said:
Block of wood to put under the kickstand to "rest" it on to keep the bike level and then just hang on the bar. Keeps you from trying to hold the bike level and lets you focus on checking the oil.
Frak me! I never even thought of that! See kids, this is why you ask questions? Thanks Xavier!
 

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clar2001 said:
I used a block of wood but being ballanced Im scared to let go of the handle bars to easy to tip over in that possition
I don't let go of the bar, I hold it towards the kickstand side. That keeps you from having to actively balance the bike because the kickstand is resting on the block.
 

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I made a dip stick with a piece of 1/8" steel rod. When I sit on the bike I sink the rod to the deepest point of the case and marked the oil level on it. Now I can at least know if it has dropped any.
 

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Very ingenius John boy. I will try that but weld a large washer to the upper end of rod so that it sits flush with crankcase opening and then mark the oil heights on the rod. That way won't have to worry about hitting different area in bottom of crankcase.
 

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It needs to be blacked out! If they make a black chrome one, I'm on it!
 

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Here's something everyone needs in there garage: a bike lift.

You can get one for around $60 at Pep Boys or Harbor Freight, or drop a few more bones and get one from Sears.

Sears occasionally has theirs on sale for around $70.

I have the design for a "poor man's lift" I'll post up.

Basically involves a 4x6 a long piece of pipe and some carpet.
 

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What type of oil are you guys using? My only real engine is with German sports cars, Audi's and Porsche's and when it comes to those engines, the lighter the oil the better. 0w-40 or 5w-40 are the two standard grades. I'm coming up on my first oil change... So, what brand and grades are you guys using?
 
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