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Hey All,
I am new to this forum, just joined today. I just recently picked up a zx10r and I just let it sit for 2 weeks. Now because I let it sit that long I went to ride it yesterday so I checked the oil in the little glass window on the bike and there was no oil showing in the window.. so I figured id start it really quick and get some pressure in the bike. I then shut it right off and let it sit for a few minutes. after about 5 minutes I checked it and it was completely fine.. is this normal? Did all the oil just completely drain in the pan after 2 weeks? I just don't want to go adding oil and have it over filled. Thanks in advance guys!
 

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First, the bike has to be vertical to check the sight window. If it's on the sidestand the oil won't show properly. Second, most of the oil will drain back to the pan when sitting for awhile so you need to check it cold, after sitting for several hours. If it's between the lines of the sight glass, then the quantity is fine.
 

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Thanks, I had the bike stood straight up on a completely level surface. that much I know. ive had several bikes, ive just never seen this before.. so it sat for two weeks.. is it normal not to see anything in the window after that long? The bike only has 2000 miles on it. So should I go home today and start it, let it cool down for an hour and then check it? or do you mean "check it cold" as in whenever it sits for that long its already cold and it should be fine then?
 

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Thanks, I had the bike stood straight up on a completely level surface. that much I know. ive had several bikes, ive just never seen this before.. so it sat for two weeks.. is it normal not to see anything in the window after that long? The bike only has 2000 miles on it. So should I go home today and start it, let it cool down for an hour and then check it? or do you mean "check it cold" as in whenever it sits for that long its already cold and it should be fine then?
No, the sight window shouldn't be clear if it's sat that long. I have no idea how that could even happen. All the oil would be stuck up in the valve train area for that. Did you try leaning the bike over to one side or the other while looking at the window? You sure the sight glass wasn't completely filled with oil when you looked?

Pretty much all the oil drains back to the pan as it sits. The oil level is checked after the oil drains back (obviously some still remains in the pump, filter, and oil passages, etc). So, when you get home tonight, the oil should be between the lines after having sat all day. No need to start it and let it sit as the oil should've drained back.
 

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Im going to go home on my lunch break and check it again and see what it looks like. Its been sitting for about 3 days now. Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it!
 

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Just do an oil change, then you will know forsure.I do on every used bike I buy for peace of mind. There's many videos online for your specific bike on how to do it if you never have.
 

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Right out of the manual boyz and girls!

Over the years I checked my oil @ normal operating temps for good reason.

The oil level will rise above the upper level on the sight glass if filled to the upper level with a cold engine. Correctly done it should be warmed up and then checked after a few minutes. Checking the oil cold is not where the engine oil will be at normal operating temps. Start the bike, let it warm up, shut it off, let it settle for a few minutes and then check for proper level.

I like mine in the center of the sight glass all warmed up.

Cheers

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"Oil Level Inspection •Check that the engine oil level is between the upper [A] and lowerlevels in the oil level inspection window.

NOTE ○Situate the motorcycle so that it is perpendicular to the ground. ○If the motorcycle has just been used, wait several min-utes for all the oil to drain down. ○If the oil has just been changed, start the engine and run it for several minutes at idle speed. This fills the oil filter with oil. Stop the engine, then wait several minutes until the oil settle"

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