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going to do my first oil & filter change since buying this bike . I just need to know how much oil it holds when changing oil and filter.

It is a 87 GL 1200 aspencade

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Should be around 3 & 3/4 liter or quart bottles. as you get to around 3 & 1/2, start looking in the sight glass as you add oil. Bike must be level for this. Than run the bike to make sure the filter is filled & let it sit for 5 minutes. Than check it again.


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Owners manual says 3.4 quarts...
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....with filter change... No sight glass on the 1200...check the dipstick.
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If you can't find the "SIGHT- GLASS", just send Hatchetman a p.m. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to install one for you...

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Also, your new oil fliter should come with new o-rings, one large for the cover, one small for the bolt. Use them. Be sure to lightly lube them first. Use hatchetmans proceedure, add about 3 1/2 quarts, run for about a minute after your oil light goes out. Check for leaks at drain and filter. Wait five more minutes with engine off. Check oil level and top off as needed to get to full mark. Please, please invest a manual and follow the maintenance proceedures. It will pay for itself over and over.
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Had an 1100 that I installed a dipstick kit from JC Whitney, I think. It replaced the drain plug and made checking the oil a snap as opposed to lying on the ground to use the sight glass. Always figured it was an item that Honda should have installed at the factory.
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I guess that when Honda built the 1100 series of bikes the end inspector for QC was a guy 18" tall and they made the sight glass for him to inspect the oil.

or

If you are prone to this you can use the inspection of your oil to start your exercise program.

or

before picking up dog doo doo, you can limber up with a stretch a long side of your bike

and it

allows you to inspect the under side and see the bottom of your tires.

It really is a PIA especially if your over 50 and you have joints that are 90, but it is a time nonoured custom and ritual that I do to honour the gods of Oil and Honda.

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I second that one, PIA. Not to mention old eyes need a flashlight to see the oil behind the glass even on a sunny day.

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Thanks Guys

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