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Engine Oil - Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager Custom ABS 2010 Owner's Manual

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Engine Oil

In order for the engine, transmission,
and clutch to function properly, main-
tain the engine oil at the proper level,
and change the oil and replace the oil
filter in accordance with the Periodic
Maintenance Chart. Not only do dirt
and metal particles collect in the oil,
but the oil itself loses its lubricative
quality if used too long.
Motorcycle operation with insuffi-
cient, deteriorated, or contami-
accelerated wear and may result
in engine or transmission seiz-
ure, accident, and injury. Check
the oil level before each ride and
change the oil according to the
periodic maintenance chart in the
Owner's Manual.
Because of the semi-dry sump lubri-
cation system, the engine oil level indi-
cated on the dipstick will fluctuate
depending on the motorcycle's position
and engine speed when the engine is
shut off. To ensure a proper reading of
the engine oil level, follow the Oil Level
Inspection procedures closely.
Racing the engine before the oil
reaches every part can cause en-
gine seizure.
Oil Level Inspection
If the oil has just been changed or
the oil temperature is low, start the
engine and warm it up thoroughly
until the oil temperature in the trans-
mission room goes up about 50°C
(122°F). Depending on the atmos-
pheric temperature, the idle time


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