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MCTony

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MCTony says:

Oil measure

Hi, I have just gotten back on a MC, as the last time I was on one was back in 1978!  I have just bought a Kawasaki GPZ500S.  Its a 2002 reg.  I have no idea on the workings of it yet as I only bought it last Friday.  And my first drive on it was to drive it back home and that was a 30 mile journey.  I thought I should have been wearing bicycle clips to hold my waste :wink:!  I managed it and eventually enjoyed the ride.  My wife came with me and whilst we were discussing the price etc I called my wife another name!  Oops!  But that shows how nervous I was and I took the wrong turning out of Grantham!  Anyway, back at the ranch, I am wondering how I should check the oil level of this Kawasaki.  I see on the right of the engine the plug where oil is put and the viewing window below.  There is a line at the bottom of the round viewing window and I see oil.  That oil is just showing.  Where is the oil level suppose to be?  And what is the best way to ensure I get the correct level?

Thanks for reading, hope you can assist

Tony

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

level

Welcome MCTony, we still ride (not drive) bikes today like we did in the 70`s.:tongue:

On level ground use the centre stand if fitted or pull the bike towards you off the side stand with the front brake on and watch the oil appear half way up the glass (plastic) when the bike is upright. Usually there`s two lines minimum and maximum so it`s still half way up.

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letterpigeon

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letterpigeon says:

Oil!

Always remember to warm the bike up first! Leave it on tick over for fifteen minutes or so. Then aim for above the min line. 


Personally I'd give the oil a change as you've just got the bike (unless you know it was recently changed).

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MCTony

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MCTony says:

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Thanks guys.  Will I have ensured now that the oil is fine.  I phone the previous owner and her told me when the oil was changed.  So thanks and I will be 'Riding' my MC for somewhile and enjoying every minute. 

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Oil check

Check the oil when the engine is cold. Do not check it when hot.

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smidget

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smidget says:

Hi

eatcs01 is correct, oil levels in all engines should be done when cold.

Oil level is normally to the upper line of the viewing window.

Remember that the oil is also a cooling agent as well as the means of lubrication. 

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

cold

Yeh forgot to say the engine should not be running and cold, but you should know that from the 70`s.

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

OIl level

Except dry sump engines...

But that doesn't apply here :lol: :lol:

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smidget

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smidget says:

Oil level

but even dry sump engines need to have the oil tank level checked and that too has to be done cold. (Emoticon with tongue out and cheeky grin) wrong browser.

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MCTony

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MCTony says:

I know

Thanks for the extras, I know when to check the oil.  It was just getting to grips with how the engine is configurated.  I have to strip it soon to clean it all up and do some touch up paint work

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