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post #31 of 35 Old 08-10-2017, 11:26 AM
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The funny thing is just looking at the ok signal on your dash is the same as looking at nothing. A light will come on saying your 1/2 quart low. Looking at the OK signal is saying the oil level is somewhere between the full mark and 1/2 empty mark. However you don't know how far down it is without looking at your dipstick. I don't check my oil unless the light comes on (extremely rare) or the night before I'm heading out on a long trip. Other than that it just isn't necessary between oil changes.

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post #32 of 35 Old 08-10-2017, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick92040 View Post
I very rarely check the dipstick. If it's a half quart low the light will come on.
My 2012 did this
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post #33 of 35 Old 07-15-2018, 01:03 PM
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I have been courious about the oil indicator for some time. When I got the bike in April with 1800 miles I changed oil and filter right after a 250 mile ride, during which I saw no warning(s). I only drained 4 qts total.
I have only seen the “OK” once since then and didn’t really know what it was truly showing and/or how to get the dashes to change to either the CHECK or OK indication on demand.

I was determined.

Today I pulled oil out of the dipstick until could get no more. (600ml). Started the bike and ran until fan came on then for another 2-3 min. Shut bike off and waited 60 sec. oil level was still not on dipstick. Started the bike and idled it up a bit higher rpm for another few minutes until fan came on again. Shut down waited a minute or so and checked the level at 1/2 way on dipstick. Restarted and Bingo… the oil indicator finally came on and showed “OK”.

At that oil change and filter now (3k miles back) put 4 qts and started the bike. Ran couple minutes and put 5th quart in bike. I have wondered if I had over serviced since I don’t remember ever seeing anything except ——— for the most part.

Reading many many threads herein I didn’t suspect I had over serviced then and don’t think it is under serviced right now.

I plan to pull another 100ml out at a time to see when “CHECK” illuminates.

… to be continued…
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post #34 of 35 Old 07-15-2018, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SmokinJoe View Post
I get the OK on both of my bikes by doing the following:
Go for a ride or center stand until the fans kick in.
Keep bike level or idle on center stand til the fans kick on & shut engine off for 1 to 2 minutes.
Start engine and let idle for 30 sec to 1 minute.
My OK light comes on every time and stays on until next cool down or if I don't wait long enough while idling with the bike level.
Thanks for this info Joe,

This worked for me and seems it is the best way I know for sure that I can get (test) an indication. I will always rely on the dipstick after a ride for correct level, though.
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post #35 of 35 Old 07-15-2018, 03:56 PM
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I drained a total of 1150ml from the bike. Never got a "Check" indication nor a Engine_oil level too low in the display. Did not get the "OK" either as I had previously today. I put 450ml back in and the "OK" lit up with 10 seconds. The bike is still 750ml lower than when I started the day.

The oil level now checks 1/2 way between min and max on the oil dipstick.

Going for a long ride....

Anyone have any input to this thread? The oil level OK and Check reflect the level in the sump? The Engine-oil level too low indication must come from the level/temp sending unit in the oil tank? Still learning the machine...


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