• Help please I bought an ER5 just over a week ago and bedsides a few cosmetic...

    Help please! I bought an ER5 just over a week ago and bedsides a few cosmetic issues am very pleased. Yesterday I brought her out for a check over and noticed that when on the centre stand, the oil level in the sight glass seemed alarmingly low! The owner seemed genuine and had recently serviced the bike and there so not seem to be any oil leaks. I didn't have an owners manual with the bike, so don't know if I missing something or doing something wrong, or is the level just low??

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    • For the sake of the cost of the the oil drain it and put in the correct amount 2.8 litres of 10 40

    • Or you could go for a ride to get the engine warm. Then leave the bike for 2 minutes so the oil drains back into the sump. Then keep the bike upright and check the level! Repeat every time you finish using for the day. A quick look before every ride to make sure you can see oil in the window and you'll be fine.

    • Thanks Mark I did consider that, but wanted to know if there was a problem first or just that I was checking it in the wrong conditions.

    • Paul Jones you can never be too sure !

    • Do a service on it. Change plugs, oil filter and oil. That way you will remember the last time you had it done. 1 years worry free riding

    • you have to hold the bike upright and not on the centre stand

    • there's 2 lines on the sight glass, level must between the 2, whilst it's preferable to have it up to the top, you'll be ok as long as it's above the bottom one. If you're not sure of the history do full service.

    • I disagree with above, for an ER5 centre stand on level ground is fine, the top of oil is damn near horizontal - difficult to get an accurate level leaning bike over by hand,as cant be sure bike is vertical and perpendicular to the ground - but each to their own, this is what I have found

    • can always jack the front up slightly if want but I dont thinks it's necessary

    • manual

    • Oil Filter Replacement

      • Support the motorcycle perpendicular to the ground.

    • if you look under files your also find the manuals

    • I've done both, it makes no difference, you do it that way if u like, I know it doesnt make enough difference...Centre stand does support bike perpendicular to the ground, exactly in fact, more accurately than by hand and much easire. Besides better on stand for draining oil given drain holes is at front.

    • Got the manuals, and the haynes ones 8 yrs ago

    • Paul Jones i was suggesting to

    • ok sorry, thought was to me

    • np mate, i should have tagged him :)

    • threads can get complicated eh...

    • Thanks Daniel, I'll do that

    • Thanks for the advice Simon

    • Daniel Richards thanks

    • Paul Jones never take the word of the previous owner of what his done unless, he shows service receipts, or receipts for parts

    • Daniel Richards I agree, but to be fair to this guy has receipts

    • be interesting to see a picture of the oil bowl with the level. i had my bike out in the winter one year and condensation got in.

    • Paul Jones cheap shitty oil?

    • Daniel Richards no problem I'll take a picture when I get home later and post it on here for you to see. Thanks

    • Daniel Richards no Motul 4t 5000 10w40

    • a picture tells a thousand words as they say

    • Also if you find the fill level looks a bit milky then give a run bring it back on the centre stand and I leave it running and undo the oil fill cap it will help to clear the window.

    • Thanks Chris?

    • Thank you all for your help and comments. About 360ml of Castrols finest have raised the level to where it should be. Some what milky sight glass after a 5 mile run but the temperature outside is about 0 degrees so this is to be expected (tried leaving it tick over with the oil filler cap removed Chris, but apparently the Motad was waking the kids!). Thanks all again I'm so releaved everything seems OK, with no leaks visible