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What wing said!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Try clicking the on the three dots upper right then when that little dropdown opens, click the bottom box " * Dark Mode"
That will change your page background to dark and the lettering to light. Much easier on the eyes to read.

I been viewing the forum in dark mode ever since i found that. But, Boy howdy does it make all caps paragraphs hard to follow!

EDIT: Then some joker will change their font color to red or yellow... What i see of that, looks like a ghost typed it.. :rolleyes:
 
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Ummm can’t you just make the font’s larger? You have no problem reading everyone else’s typing. Jus sayin and also not trying to be a dick! Lol
Cut the old guy some slack. His hearing aid batteries are dead!
 

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These M8 are better off running below the full mark. Carry over and blowing out off the breather will happen. I've been told it's best to run half way on dip stick (so in the area that reads quart).
my 107 Fatboy had engine oil just over full when I bought it. Dealer serviced.
I couldn't figure out why the idle was erratic when hot, Bike was a pig in traffic and surged sometimes.
Well the manifold had 2 tablespoons of oil sitting in the wells behind the butterfly.
Thick muck. I was wondering what I had bought. I drained a (litre) full qt of engine oil so the (very hot) level was half way up, top of all those "xxxxx".
Now I own a beautifully smooth running bike. Chalk and cheese difference.
Then I disconnected the head breathers and reran to a pill bottle full of paper.
That was about 2 yrs ago.
 

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Oil? What's that? We're supposed to check that shit, dam.

@GRAMPS111 I have an extra pair of glasses with progressive lens....😁
Need to change the title of this thread to "Do I need to increase the power of my reading glasses?"

 

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Have to tell you, it's no wonder that there are so many Harleys with rebuilt/replaced engines out there. Only the Harleys have this convoluted process to see what level my oil is in. My other bikes have a simple process. I go into the garage. My bikes are parked straight up in Chocks. I look at the window on the side of the engine. If it's within the medium and full range I am good to go. I check the chain look over the bike and back it out....... Done.
 

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Have to tell you, it's no wonder that there are so many Harleys with rebuilt/replaced engines out there. Only the Harleys have this convoluted process to see what level my oil is in. My other bikes have a simple process. I go into the garage. My bikes are parked straight up in Chocks. I look at the window on the side of the engine. If it's within the medium and full range I am good to go. I check the chain look over the bike and back it out....... Done.
Gotta be smarter than the machine....

Once you make a fool proof machine, along comes a bigger fool.
 

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Have to tell you, it's no wonder that there are so many Harleys with rebuilt/replaced engines out there. Only the Harleys have this convoluted process to see what level my oil is in. My other bikes have a simple process. I go into the garage. My bikes are parked straight up in Chocks. I look at the window on the side of the engine. If it's within the medium and full range I am good to go. I check the chain look over the bike and back it out....... Done.
I think that's less to do with Harley making things "convoluted" (which they really aren't, sure it's not as simple as a quick view port, but it's not that difficult to get the bike to temp, pull a stick and look at it). Cars are much more convoluted. There's also ways Harley is less convoluted than others, for example... valve lash adjustment (something unnecessary on a Harley that other bikes need, and I am sure forums related to those bikes have plenty of posts about bikes with new or rebuilt engines due to previous or existing owners being negligent about maintenance or screwing them up themselves).

The real problem is dummies that don't know what they're doing trying to do it themselves. Lots of people don't even change their own car oil, they take it to a shop. Or they just run it until it dies (check out the YouTube channel "Just Rolled In"). But with motorcycles, people think "oh, I can do it myself, it's a motorcycle, it'll be easy" and then fail to follow directions and screw stuff up. Cars have this happen as well (again, check out the aforementioned Just Rolled In, lots of customers going to a shop after they "tried to repair it themselves", should see some of the ridiculous work).

They're not that complicated if you're mechanically inclined, and easier than cars mainly due to lower complexity in some ways, and ease of access in others (pretty hard to do various engine work jobs on a car with the engine still in the car for example).

Stick around, there's threads on here weekly of dummies that had something go wrong and just threw parts at their bike without diagnosing the actual problem, or hooking stuff up wrong then blaming the bikes. Trying to get them to actually do a diagnostic test is like pulling teeth from a chicken. They want you to just tell them what part to replace, as if whatever symptoms they're describing could only have one cause. It's almost as if modern motorcycles are more complex than people think...
 

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What wing said!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Try clicking the on the three dots upper right then when that little dropdown opens, click the bottom box " * Dark Mode"
That will change your page background to dark and the lettering to light. Much easier on the eyes to read.

I been viewing the forum in dark mode ever since i found that. But, Boy howdy does it make all caps paragraphs hard to follow!

EDIT: Then some joker will change their font color to red or yellow... What i see of that, looks like a ghost typed it.. :rolleyes:
OHHH In do like Dark Mode !!! 🍺 😎
 

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I hear you Larry I change my oil and never check it. Can't see it anyway without my Magoo (magnifying glass). Got a oil warning light that will let me know if I need oil. Which has never come on while riding.
 
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Almost afraid to jump in the pool here, but what the hell........

I check my oil when it's cold........ let me explain. I go thru the normal hot oil check several times per oil change because my bikes use some oil during the 5000 mile interval. But what I do is, the next morning, for my own edification, I check it again when it's cold and see where the oil level is then. Knowing that the oil level is 3/4 full when hot = 5/8 full when cold, is handy info to have. That way, before I head out for a 300 - 400 mile ride, I can check my oil cold and know right where it should be. A lot of extra convoluted steps? Yup....... easy to do and good info to have? Yup....... Did I lose a motor in a '67 Falcon due to no/low oil as a kid? Yup......

To ME........ the pain in the ass one is checking the Tranny fluid on the earlier TC's like my '03 RK. Gotta be hot AND upright. My '14 SG is easy/peasy. Cold on the kickstand. Don't get the two confused or you can WAY over fill the Tranny on the RK! Don't ask.........
 

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Have to tell you, it's no wonder that there are so many Harleys with rebuilt/replaced engines out there. Only the Harleys have this convoluted process to see what level my oil is in. My other bikes have a simple process. I go into the garage. My bikes are parked straight up in Chocks. I look at the window on the side of the engine. If it's within the medium and full range I am good to go. I check the chain look over the bike and back it out....... Done.
Using your reverse on your Hondas
 
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