In order for the engine, transmission and clutch to
function properly, maintain the engine oil at the
proper level, and change the oil and oil filter periodi-
Not only do dirt and metal particles collect in the
oil, but the oil itself loses its lubricative quality if used
Motorcycle operation with insufficient, deter-
iorated, or contaminated engine oil will cause
accelerated wear and may result in engine or
transmission seizure, accident, and injury.
Check the oil level before each ride and
change the oil according to the periodic main-
tenance chart in the Owner's Manual.
Because of the semi-dry sump lubrication system,
the engine oil level indicated on the oil level inspec-
tion window will fluctuate depending on the motorcy-
cle's position and engine speed when the engine's
shut off. To ensure a proper reading of the engine oil
level, follow the Oil Level Inspection procedures
Racing the engine before the oil reaches
every part can cause engine seizure.
MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 39
Oil Level Inspection
If the oil has just been changed, let the motorcycle
sit a few minutes allowing the oil to settle.
Start the engine and run it for several minutes at
idle speed. Do not run the engine at high en-
Stop the engine and wait several minutes for the
oil to settle.
Check the engine oil level with the motorcycle ver-
tical through the oil level inspection window on the
lower right side of the engine. The oil level should
come up between the high and low level lines next
to the inspection window.
If the oil level is too high, remove the excess oil
using a syringe or other suitable device.
If the oil level is too low, add the correct amount of
oil through the oil filler opening. Use oil of the
same type and brand as those of the one that is
already in the engine.
If no oil appears in the oil level inspection window,
tip the motorcycle slightly to the right until oil is
visible then return to an upright position. If no oil
appears even when tipped at an extreme angle,
remove the drain bolt to empty any oil that may be
in the transmission and crankcase, reinstall the
drain bolt and refill with the specified amount of