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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-11-2009, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Checking oil level?

Hi. New here. I have a 2005 500 cc Vulcan... just bought it & don't have a maintenance history on it, but based on the condition of the chain doubt much has been done.

It has 4200 miles on it. 2000 of those were put on in August by the guy I bought it from.

How do I check the oil level? Is there a site window? I looked but must have missed it?

I plan on riding it to get it serviced but want to make sure there is the proper amount of oil first.

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Mary in MN Cold here.
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Hi Mary and Welcome to the forum! On my 2009 the site glass is on the bottom of the right hand side of the engine. The best way to check it is with two people or a telescoping mirror. The bike has to be held level while looking at the site glass.

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I've had my 2007 -500 since march 2012,, I change oil,and filter about every 2000 miles, , My bike seems to be fine.. However , While talking with some other riders, there seems to be a difference of opinion as to where the oil level should be on that sight glass, Any help ,,please and thank You... Al
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Al,

The manual just states that the oil level should be between the lower and upper marks when the bike is held level.

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I have looked very close and I cannot see any marks on the sight glass,,
I keep my oil level about 3/4 of the way up the glass..
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Al,

See those little detents right outside of the sight glass? That's your upper mark. There are similar detents near the bottom, but they're covered by the cables in this photo...



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I despise that %$#*&@ sight glass hidden under the cables. I block up under the side stand to almost balanced, then try and check while being ready to grab the vulcan just in case. I don't guess anyone makes a dipstick.....
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I have an old medicine cabinet mounted in my shop with the sliding "mirrored doors". I just pull out a door and prop it against a paint can on the floor, or what ever is handy, at about a 45 degree angle, and this lets me sit on the bike straight up and look into the mirror.
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I learned to balance it and lean over, but I weigh almost half what this bike does, so...

Honestly, I got a rear stand and never looked back. It's rock solid stable, puts the sight glass level, puts the brake fluid reservoir level, etc, etc. Worth the $30 on Craigslist.

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I learned to balance it and lean over, but I'm the weigh almost half what this bike does, so...
I weigh less than 150lbs, and I can hold the bike in vertical position and look at the sight glass no problem either.

The Vulcan is a piece of cake compared to my BMW where I have to keep the bike vertical while pulling out a dipstick with one hand.


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