Foolish Question time: Checking the oil on my '79 CM185T
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    Foolish Question time: Checking the oil on my '79 CM185T

    The proper method is not covered in the FSM, and the owners manual is long gone I'm sure.

    So.... Do I leave it on the kickstand to check oil levels? That's a lot of tilt, which will surely change the reading. Or do I somehow try to stand it up with one hand (or a friend more than likely) and try to check it level?
    I only pretend I know what I'm doing.

    1979 Honda CM185 Twinstar, stored in a shed, filled with mud daubers, and destined to cost me more than I realized.
    1974 CB360 Barn Find. Super dirty, nice paint job though.
    1985 Suzuki FA-50 in bright yellow. My youngest daughter loves it.

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    Level - and do not screw the dipstick in, let it just sit in the hole.
    It sucks that there's no centerstand on these models........
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    Thank you!
    I only pretend I know what I'm doing.

    1979 Honda CM185 Twinstar, stored in a shed, filled with mud daubers, and destined to cost me more than I realized.
    1974 CB360 Barn Find. Super dirty, nice paint job though.
    1985 Suzuki FA-50 in bright yellow. My youngest daughter loves it.

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    Hi, Do not leave it on the side stand, it will not give you the correct reading, you are right! Either get a friend to hold the bike upright or stand it against a wall, then you can hold it when inserting the CLEANED dip stick! do not screw it in to take the level, just leave it on the top, then read the level! Always check the oil when the engine is cold. Simple when you know how and use the recommended oil for the bike, it was borne pre synthetic keep it that way!

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