Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
If I remember correctly, the oil level should be halfway between upper and lower sight glass marker lines WHEN HELD VERTICALLY WITH COOL oil; not hot.
When the bike starts, of course the oil level will drop, as the oil is redistributed from within the pan to circulating around the engine as it does normally.
When shut off after reaching hot/running temps, it'll take a few minutes for the oil to drain back to the pan. Once back to the pan, the hot oil level will show higher than cool oil levels since heat expands the oil; increases the volume.. Don't sweat it..