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so how do you guys check the oil levels on your bikes without risking a fall over. That site glass is so tucked away, it's impossible to see without either a centerstand (which I don't have), or an assistant !
 

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Its not so bad. Straddle the bike and lean over to peek. You'll get used to it. Using a flashlight (torch) helps make a fast job of it.
 

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I have a centerstand so obviously it's easy that way, but before that I just crouched next to the bike, and pulled it upright with the handlebar while applying the front brake. It doesn't roll anywhere, and you're pulling it towards you so that you have it under control. No problem really. Then gently lower it back onto the sidestand.
 

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I guess I am old school, but I love having a centerstand, it makes maintenance easier and parking safer. Sure wish it wasn't so expensive, but still worth it to me...
 

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There are a lot of pluses to the centre stand. If you own the bike for any length of time, it's worth it just for checking the oil and lubing the chain. Add in easier chain adjustments and making the bike more stable for maintenance work, I wouldn't be without one. The bike also takes up less room when storing for the winter.

To check the oil without one, try kneeling on the right side and pull the handlebar toward you until the bike is upright. Hold it there for a number of seconds to let the oil settle and get your reading
 

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There are a lot of pluses to the centre stand. If you own the bike for any length of time, it's worth it just for checking the oil and lubing the chain. Add in easier chain adjustments and making the bike more stable for maintenance work, I wouldn't be without one. The bike also takes up less room when storing for the winter.

To check the oil without one, try kneeling on the right side and pull the handlebar toward you until the bike is upright. Hold it there for a number of seconds to let the oil settle and get your reading
I don't think I would want to kneel beside a 500 lb motorcycle while pulling it towards me, an accident waiting for a target IMHO !
 

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I don't think I would want to kneel beside a 500 lb motorcycle while pulling it towards me, an accident waiting for a target IMHO !
That's how I check the oil - on one knee I put my left arm across the seat and straighten the bike up a bit and peek at the glass.
 

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It's not like you have the full 500 pounds on you - the vast majority of the weight is on the wheels still. You have to lean it a ong way over when bringinig it towards you before it will become a problem. Going away from you is very different - you can't put the same strength into holding it up - but having the bike leaning towards you is not a problem, especially if you keep the front brake on, because then it won't roll anywhere. You really need to get that comfortable with your bike anyway.
 

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I don't think I would want to kneel beside a 500 lb motorcycle while pulling it towards me, an accident waiting for a target IMHO !
:brick: Just fork out the dough and buy a center stand or have your mom look at while you keep that 500 lb bike upright. :biglaugh:
 

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Any recommendations for a center stand-Triumph or other brands?
I would think the classics would come with the nifty center stand.
 

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Triumph and Norman Hyde are the choices I believe. The norman hyde one is not much cheaper. The triumph one is easy to fit. I like it - some don't. It's a case of personal preference.
 

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When I bought my T100 part of the deal included a center stand supplied and fitted for free, wouldn't be without one. In relation to the oil level sight glass they said to just bring the bike to an almost upright position and providing oil could be seen it was OK. No need to risk over balancing the bike.
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Get one of those mirrors on a stalk from the auto store. You can sit on your bike, get it perfectly upright, and then use the mirror to check the sight glass. Foolproof.
 

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That's how I check the oil - on one knee I put my left arm across the seat and straighten the bike up a bit and peek at the glass.
I do have a center stand but, that's exactly how I check the oil level in the sight glass.:cool:

I find that the bike is soooo incredibly balanced that it will stay upright by itself with no hands for a second or two, or three.;)
 

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The other good thing about the center stand is that the motorcycle takes up significantly less space in the garage when it's upright, for those of us with small garages.
 

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so how do you guys check the oil levels on your bikes without risking a fall over. That site glass is so tucked away, it's impossible to see without either a centerstand (which I don't have), or an assistant !
I used to put a couple chunks of wood under the kickstand to get the bike upright. Now I use the $20 motorcycle lift (http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm).
 
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