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when you folks check your oil thru the site glass are you leaving cycle on your kick stand or center stand? thanks
 

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When I had a 1100 I would check on center stand, small screw driver for wiper and flashlite. Mel :waving:
 

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Check oil with bike on the center stand. However, try as I might I can't see the oil level through the site glass on my bike. I can barely see the wiper move through the glass.

The bike doesn't leak and doesn't smoke and I changed the oil three times within the first 300 miles. I do watch for any change in the site glass.

Some of the members install a dipstick kit onto the bike so they don't have to get down on all fours to check the oil.

There will be others along in a few minutes to respond to your question.
 

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A multi grade 10W40 changed at 300 mile intervals usually cleans up the window when you first start. Do not overfill, I change out now at time intervals and the window is so clean I can see the oil level and behind the oil.
 

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Ok... here we go.. the miracle solution again. :D
couldn't see through my sight glass as well. then ran seafoam and now it is clear as can be! :action:
 

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Oh boy, I cant wait till they tell me Sea foam will cure cancer :cheeky1:



Didnt know seafoam could be used in the oil?

How much do I put in, and how long to clean the site glass, and (where is the wiper) :D
 

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Rather than use the centerstand, I have my oldest hold the bike upright twice a week....so I can get down on the ground with a high-brightness LED flashlight to actually see & check the level (have those side covers on the bike).

Only truly annoying feature of this bike :)
 

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Only way I've found the site glass to be remotely useful is to look with the bike on the side stand and tilted. When you change your oil and filter next, measure in the correct amount, then put bike on side stand and see where the level is. Make a little mark next to it with a punch or something. On mine, the level with the bike on the side stand is just above the low mark. Makes it much easier to see, as on the center stand with it filled correctly.....you need a 5billion candle power spot light, screw driver, incense, a pentagram, and 5 chickens to sacrifice to the gods of poor engineering in order to tell what the level is.



I have a dipstick installed in mine now.......screw it.
 

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Luckily mine came with the dipstick already installed. I check it on the center stand. I can't even imagine (nor do I want to) what its like with that sight glass do-ma,watchy. Some engineers wet dream no doubt.
 

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daveman wrote:
Rather than use the centerstand, I have my oldest hold the bike upright twice a week....so I can get down on the ground with a high-brightness LED flashlight to actually see & check the level (have those side covers on the bike).

Only truly annoying feature of this bike :)
Same here, :)I have my son get on mine about once a week so I can check especially since I just bought it less than a month ago...monitoringit to see that its not using oil.
 

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for seafoam, the last 300 miles before oil change i put in the amount stated on the can, don't remember of hand how much, but it definitely made it easier to see, before i couldn't see how much oil was in there, and then, as all others have stated, i put on center stand and use led flashlight, but it is very easy to see level.
 

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The sight glass isn't unique to Honda. I also have a 1985 Kawasaki GT750 (ZX750 in the US?)and it uses a sight glass for the oil level as well.
 

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rcmatt007 wrote:
center stand, bending way to far over and using a flashlight to actually see hondas great idea
You gotta remember that bowing is a cultural thing with the Japanese so they don't have any problem with that bending over thing. I know you shouldn't have a problem with that either Rodger but some of us with a bit more baggage on our fronts do.:cheeky1:



Here's a link to JC Whitney's dipstick kit for those who don't want their eyes bulging and their faces turning red from the pressure of bending over.:cooldevil:Dipstick
 

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Stop torturing yourself. JC Whitney sells a dipstick kit for $25. Easy install and you'll never have to prostrate yourself again to check the oil.:cooldj:
 

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exavid wrote:
rcmatt007 wrote:
center stand, bending way to far over and using a flashlight to actually see hondas great idea
You gotta remember that bowing is a cultural thing with the Japanese so they don't have any problem with that bending over thing. I know you shouldn't have a problem with that either Rodger but some of us with a bit more baggage on our fronts do.:cheeky1:

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The sight glass isn't unique to Honda. I also have a 1985 Kawasaki GT750 (ZX750 in the US?)and it uses a sight glass for the oil level as well.
True.......but the Honda Goldwing is the only bike made with an oil site glass the size of a mosquito's vagina.
 

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Bish wrote:
jimac wrote:
The sight glass isn't unique to Honda. I also have a 1985 Kawasaki GT750 (ZX750 in the US?)and it uses a sight glass for the oil level as well.
True.......but the Honda Goldwing is the only bike made with an oil site glass the size of a mosquito's vagina.
Hmm. It's about twice the size of the one on the Kawasaki!
 
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