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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-12-2017, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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I just got my oil changed an I took my bike out on a long ride up in the mountains last weekend. So is it possible that I need to add some oil in my bike I rode it to work yesterday an I have a ticking sound coming my engine. I'm not that experienced in motorcycles so I'm learning help if you can I have a 1700 Vulcan classic


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Checking the oil on these 1700s is a process, it must be followed to get a correct reading. Let bike warm up til fan comes on. Shut off and let set about 5 minutes. remove dipstick and wipe clean. With bike upright and level, not on kickstand, screw stick in all the way and remove again. Check the level on the stick. It should be about the middle of the full range on the stick.

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As rick said,,,I just put in 5qts and call it a day,Tick is usually lifter,More so when its cold,Goes away
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So when is cold after a while it will go away


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The bike definitely has oil in it and enough


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I filled & checked my oil per Kaw instructions, let it cool, then marked my dipstick for the cold, full level on the kickstand. Also marked it for full hot. Let's me quick check on the go. These bikes gotta warm up 1 to 4 minutes to sump oil, even if turned off fir a few minutes. Never start cold & take off. Look at the manual. I didn't believe it till I noticed distinct poor performance, ticking & bad mileage without warmup.

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Yes,tick usually goes away after warm up,when it is cold or cold outside,Mine Does this every spring,have over 8k
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Well I came out yesterday an found that the my bike is leaking oil some how so I'm taking it to the shop to see if they can fix that thanks all for you help


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Well I came out yesterday an found that the my bike is leaking oil some how so I'm taking it to the shop to see if they can fix that thanks all for you help


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Sorry bout the oil leak,sucs,was it leaking before oil change??keep us informed
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maybe the leaking oil is from too much oil in your bike and the excess is overflowing

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