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« on: July 21, 2008, 01:50:54 am »

Inspired by a hilarious conversation with swriverstone this weekend about checking my oil, I didn't realize that having a dipstick on a motorcycle is uncommon. Or is it? I have a dipstick on my '06 Triumph Sprint, but every motorcycle in Scott's garage had a sight glass. (a Ducati ST3, Suzuki V-Strom and Suzuki KLR 650) Come to think of it, so did my Yamaha dirtbike growing up.

So, does your bike have a sight glass or dipstick for checking your oil?
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2008, 01:55:33 am »


So, does your bike have a sight glass or dipstick for checking your oil?


Yes.

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008, 07:20:32 am »

Tiger has a dipstick, Sprint has a sight glass.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008, 07:33:08 am »


Tiger has a dipstick


Wish it had a sight glass.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008, 07:37:48 am »

I have never owned a motorcycle that used a dipstick.
I much prefer to see my oil level at a glance.
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2008, 07:38:15 am »

The only bike I've owed with a dip stick is a Triumph.  All others, except the KTM, had a sight glass.  KTM calls it a sight glass, but it's more like a clear plastic tube. Nevertheless, it's the same principle.
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2008, 07:59:59 am »

My V11 has a shiny black dip stick, the same color as motor oil  Lol It's extremely difficult to read in direct sunlight. To read it, you need to find a subterranean parking garage with an open door. Park at the far end of the garage, slowly unscrew the dipstick. Hold it up with the garage door behind you providing ambient lighting, and you should get an accurate reading  Thumbsup

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2008, 08:02:24 am »

All of my motorcycles have a dipstick.


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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2008, 08:37:17 am »

i have one of each ,triumph is a dipstick check,kawa the glass
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2008, 09:39:09 am »

Dipstick....wish it was a sightglass.  Easier to check.
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008, 03:53:09 pm »

sightglass on the duc... makes the pre-ride check that much easier Bigok
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2008, 04:19:43 pm »

If Connie has oil in the glass, all is well.  First thing I look at before all the other checks.  If it works don't fix it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2008, 08:22:11 pm »

ZZR -- sight glass
CBR -- sight glass
Hyper -- sight glass
Tiger -- dip
Dakar -- dip
CRF450 -- dip
CRF230 -- I can't remember, but probably a dip
My daughter's DR-Z125 -- sight glass
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2008, 08:39:58 pm »

'04 SV650S - sight glass
'00 GSXR-750 - sight glass
'89 GS500E - dipstick
'86 GSXR-750RG - two sight glasses

All my earlier motorcycles; '7? CL350, '7? GS750, '7? CB400-FOUR, and possible my '87 Honda Hurricane; all had dipsticks.
I prefer sight glasses.
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2008, 08:45:04 pm »

Dipsticks are for lawnmowers.
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2008, 10:14:02 pm »

All of my motorcycles used to have a dipstick, but I smartened up a lot as I grew older.
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2008, 11:09:25 am »

I have one dip & two sightglasses.  prefer the sightglass even though i have to use a flashlight half the time to read it. dipsticks are messy--ought to call em DRIPSTICKS.
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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2008, 02:01:49 pm »

My friend's '79 Honda CB750F had a dipstick and I would imagine the 82 CB900F he had did also...

All of the Suzukis I've owned had sightglasses though, which I prefer.
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2008, 02:06:35 pm »

The Scrambler and Duc have windows , the Beezer has a dipstick ( dry sump ~ hopefully~ therefore it has a separate oil tank ) I prefer the stick.
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« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2008, 02:46:51 pm »

The CBR has a sight glass, the KTM has a bolt you remove. If oil runs out it's full, if not it's not Rolleyes. I like the sight glass Wink
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