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Unhappy Dropped Metallic Rod Into Oil Filler

Basically the title... I am so klutzy. Essentially, I was checking the oil of my 2004 Bonneville with the rod from this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (which I apparently thought was a great idea) and I dropped it after I put it too far into the hole.

What should I do? I'm basically brand new to motorcycling, and was really trying my best to get into maintaining it, but I still lack common sense
I have all the tools I need to maintain it (I think) so I'm open to suggestions...

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Go back on Amazon and buy the following:

SE 8036TM-NEW 30” Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up Tool with 15-lb. Pull Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RB3XBA..._WuAJCbQV5NC67

Triumph Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton & Scrambler '01 to '15 (Haynes Service & Repair Manual) https://www.amazon.com/dp/178521036X..._IvAJCbPBCN455

And then return the retrieved “oil stick”.


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Go back on Amazon and buy the following:

SE 8036TM-NEW 30” Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up Tool with 15-lb. Pull Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RB3XBA..._WuAJCbQV5NC67

Triumph Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton & Scrambler '01 to '15 (Haynes Service & Repair Manual) https://www.amazon.com/dp/178521036X..._IvAJCbPBCN455

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Thank you so much! I actually already have a Haynes manual! I'm trying to do this the right way >.<
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Why would you even be using a rod? You have no frame of reference for what is a correct level. Just use the sight glass, basically if there is oil in the glass when the bike is upright your're good to go.

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Why would you even be using a rod? You have no frame of reference for what is a correct level. Just use the sight glass, basically if there is oil in the glass when the bike is upright your're good to go.
That's a really good question :s
Basically... my thought was to check the color of the oil. I'm not going to deny I'm an idiot though!
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Get that magnet and pray to god it didn’t get wedged in somewhere difficult.


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Get that magnet and pray to god it didn’t get wedged in somewhere difficult.


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and don't forget luck...... you need luck too. But you can't buy that from Amazon

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In the future, after retrieving said steel rod, you can limit your oil inspections to the regular oil changes! If unsure, change oil and filter
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and don't forget luck...... you need luck too. But you can't buy that from Amazon
If only I could lol

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In the future, after retrieving said steel rod, you can limit your oil inspections to the regular oil changes! If unsure, change oil and filter
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