The book:The one where he did exactly what the manual said to do to check it.
Once it’s on a rear stand, all bets are off. But once you know how reads when on a rear stand, you can go by that.
Ok, but above that you statedOil level must be checked with the motorcycle
perfectly upright and the engine cold.
So I suppose it's how to define "upright". So the question is whether the rear stand is upright vs a shimmed sidestand ?
Vertical will affect the reading, it’s not upright as stated in the manual, the glass is on one side. If you meant horizontal, Ed’s post shows what I’ve experienced as well, the reading show just a hair higher when on a rear stand with the rear tire in the air then on flat ground. I highly doubt Ducati’s spec is on a rear stand since it doesn’t specify which rear stand and each manufacture will hold the bike at a different level. The bike could also be on a front stand which affects the reading as well.The side stand is shimmed but the bike isn't totally vertical.
If you're not comfortable putting a block under the side stand so the bike is level you could try using a front-wheel chock, similar to the way the dealer services the bike. The front chock will raise the front by about 10 to 12 mm (half an inch).I'll try that Keith.
Update: couldn't make the work. I did check it on the rearstand, no visible consumption since 1k oil change. Very impressed with gear oil as chain lube.
That's the result I always get. I've noticed most stands lean the bike a little a little to the left or right, highly affecting the oil level reading. I just grab the rear peg bracket, then the front brake, point the wheel straight ahead, and pull the bike towards me until it feels light, all while squatting down on my knees. Bike hasn't fallen on me yet.Off stand
On rear stand
It's totally possible. Just takes practice, maybe with someone there to catch the bike if you don't feel comfortable.holding the bike up can't be a one person job and even then, it's still a small guess that the person is holding the bike totally upright (vertically).
I agree with Ed, and do it all the time. Actually, quite easy and easy to tell if it's upright...... if it's tipping towards or away from you it isn'tIt's totally possible. Just takes practice, maybe with someone there to catch the bike if you don't feel comfortable.
That's exactly how I've been doing it with all mu Ducatis for years.That's the result I always get. I've noticed most stands lean the bike a little a little to the left or right, highly affecting the oil level reading. I just grab the rear peg bracket, then the front brake, point the wheel straight ahead, and pull the bike towards me until it feels light, all while squatting down on my knees. Bike hasn't fallen on me yet.
Just take it slowly until you get used to how it feels. Leave the kickstand down so you can set her back down quickly. once you set her back down, double check that the kickstand is fully forward. You got this, man.I guess I'll have to try it with a little supervision. I'm afraid that it might fall on me so I just won't put any strength on it.
How do you check the oil level when you are standing? I tried that, when I got the bike.I do it on my own. Just stand to the right hand side and raise the bike off the side stand until you feel it balance. Then check the glass. Once satisfied lower the bike 'gently' back onto it's side stand - I always introduce a slight backward motion just to be sure that it doesn't roll off the stand.
Depends on the light. I can see the site glass when I'm standing. But if the light is wrong I have to bend down to see the level. Once the bike is balanced I don't have any trouble keeping it balanced while I bend and straighten. If you're uncomfortable have a friend standby the first few times. Honestly, I find this easier than using a track stand.... which I use to lube the chain.How do you check the oil level when you are standing? I tried that, when I got the bike.
You sure? I very clearly see a difference. It’s dealable, but is different, look at the level in relation to the hole at the top. It’s also opposite of what I’ve experienced: shows higher on the stand than when flat on the floor.Ok, I actually had a moment to sort this "how to check the oil level accurately" controversy. Bottomline the rear stand is fine for it.
Standing the bike up manually
Rear stand on level floor
We can plainly see it makes no difference.
Also, no apparent oil consumption in 1300 miles.