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    Quote Originally Posted by Aprilia13
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    I don't get it. If there's very little to gain, except an oily airbox, why do you still advocate?
    I don't. As stated above, this is what I advocate:
    Quote Originally Posted by kzmille
    ...the easiest and most consistent way to to check the oil level is after a ride, with the engine idling, put it on the rear paddock stand and check the sight tube. That's all there is to it...

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    Note!!!! 4 quarts is basically 3.8-4 liters or 3800-4000 mils.

    That is OK in the 03 and earlier bikes, but the 04+ bikes only take 3500 mils max (3.69 quarts). And that assumes you replace the filter and drain the seconary plug next to the filter.
    WTF why does the damn manual say 4.16? Scott is right on about this too i did my change this past weekend and read the manual it says oil change and filter is 4.16 qt. went to put the 4th quart in and it didn't fit. so i rod it around a bit and still wouldn't fit. I was a little discouraged until i read this thread. Guess I'm going to go grab my vacuum bleeder and pull some of the oil back out its over a bit.

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    Changing the oil in a Mille is very easy once you get to understand how to check the dry sump oil level.

    Personally, I check it while up on front & rear trackstands (there is no kickstand on the bike anyway...) and keep a steady rev at 3,000 rpm - the site tube shows 3/4 filled. I even used a marker on the sight tube to show the target level.

    My Duc is the PITA with an oil filter underneath that usually results in a hand full of oil...

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    Just a quick question:

    How bad is it to have to much oil in the bike? i've added about 200cc to much. Does it just give a fouled airbox, or can it really harm the engine?
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    If you cannot see the oil level in the sight tube (tube completely full) when the engine is fully warmed up and idling, I would not drive the bike. Remove some oil either by draining or extracting through the filler cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzmille
    If you cannot see the oil level in the sight tube (tube completely full) when the engine is fully warmed up and idling, I would not drive the bike. Remove some oil either by draining or extracting through the filler cap.
    hmmm, already rode about 150 miles with it before discovering it.
    shall remove the excess to night than
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    The scavenge pump picks up a lot of air along with the oil and sends it to the oil tank. In the tank, the oil and air separate. The air returns to the engine via the small vent hose at the top rear of the tank. If the oil level reaches the the vent hose it is conceivable that the pressure in the tank, oil cooler, and oil lines might increase. At worst this might blow off an oil line or rupture the cooler if it was weakened. I wouldn't worry about having done any damage but as I said, I wouldn't want to ride it this way for long.
    Last edited by kzmille; 05-25-2007 at 11:03 AM.

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    OK, Thanks KZmille!

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    OK I have been checking oil level when cold, but leaving it at bottom of tube. I try checking when hot at shutdown.

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    These engines arnt known for burning oil are they?

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    Every liter twin I have had will use oil if run hard.

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    good thead, very handy

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    After warming up, and checking the level properly, anywhere in the sight tube is ok between min and max. No need to be full unless you loosing oil.

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    Oil expands & contracts..... I don't trust cold oil readings, and hot readings should be given time for the oil to seep & settle where it may before reading the level. I will not take a reading while it's being whipped into a frothy frenzy while the engine is running (unless I can be convinced otherwise).

    I will do as I have for over 35 years, check it with the engine shut down 15 minutes after a ride. I also subscribe to "keep(ing) it simple". After a measured oil change with the bike straight up and the correct amount of oil (w/filter), I'll note where on the site-tube my level falls (15" after a ride), and adjust it accordingly. In addition, I will note where the oil level is while the bike resides on it's side-stand when I know it's at the right level. It's quite the challenge to balance a bike without a side-stand while taking a reading of the oil level.

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    P54. Sorry bud, but the motor uses a dry sump and the oil level can only be accurately checked while it is running, and only after it has had a bit of a run.
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