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Ok, so I've been wondering why Honda, in their infinite wisdom, took the time to emboss lines onto the dipstick, creating 3 segments, but didn't bother embossing words such as Low, OK, High.

So, when I am looking at my 1200's dipstick, what is what? I've been filling to the center of the center segment, as viewed by taking the dipstick out, wiping it off, re-inserting it (without screwing it in) and then pulling it out for the look-see.
 

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Ok, so I've been wondering why Honda, in their infinite wisdom, took the time to emboss lines onto the dipstick, creating 3 segments, but didn't bother embossing words such as Low, OK, High.

So, when I am looking at my 1200's dipstick, what is what? I've been filling to the center of the center segment, as viewed by taking the dipstick out, wiping it off, re-inserting it (without screwing it in) and then pulling it out for the look-see.
philcsand, the lines are what you need to look at not the segments (well sort of anyhow).

With bike on center stand, run engine for 2-3 minutes, then pull dipstick & wipe clean, then insert (don't screw in), then pull & read, correct oil level is between the top & bottom line. If oil needed re-fill to top line.



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In the manual, check oil level with the dipstick from the screwed in position with bike on centre stand, oil should be at the upper mark.

In the handbook, run engine, remove dipstick, wipe, insert without screwing it in, oil should be between the upper and lower marks.
 

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