oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)


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oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:44 pm



I have just changed the oil in my 'wing for the first time. I have also changed the oil filter. In accordance with the manual, I put in 3.7 litres of oil. However, after running the engine (checking for any leaks from the new filter or drain plug) and then switching off and letting the bike rest for 10 minutes, I found that the oil barely registered on dipstick - just a smear right at the end. Have I done something wrong?

I know putting too much oil in the engine can do damage so I am reluctant to put more in than that specified. The only thing I can think is that the measuring jug used had faulty measurement marks on it.


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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:00 pm

Make sure that the bike is on a perfectly level surface, and that it is on the CENTER stand. Let it sit for five minutes or so, then check the dipstick.

Incidentally, the correct way to read the dipstick on the GL1500:

- Remove the dipstick
- Clean the oil from the dipstick
- Put the dipstick back in the hole, but do NOT screw it in. Wait five seconds
- Remove the dipstick
- Read the oil level

If you screw the dipstick in before taking a reading, it will always show too high.

For more (including pictures), have a look at: How to change your engine oil
If you have followed all of the steps above, and are still showing a low reading, then go ahead and add some oil. I never go by the scale on the bottle - I'll use it to get close, then use the dipstick to top it up to the correct amount.
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:10 pm

Ok, thanks for that.

Yes the machine was on a perfectly level surface in my garage, and was on its centre stand. I doubt it would have registered at all had it been on its side stand. I dispensed the oil from the can into a jug for ease of measurement, and I am now starting to wonder just how accurate the jug is.

I will recheck tomorrow and add oil if necessary as you suggest.

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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:21 pm

I usually end up putting in 4 litres on an oil change including topping up the day after.
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:27 pm

3.9 QTS --- I buy a US gallon, and dump it in at oil change time.
I always change oil and FILTER at the same time - the filter will hold almost a QT by itself...
3.9 to 4.0 is no big deal...I think the .01 stays in the jug as I pour.... 8-)
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby jazzrider » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:01 pm

I usually just get the gallon and when full it still has just less that a quarter of a quart in it. (about 1/2" left in the jug)
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby TennX » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:34 am

I use a bosch 3323 which is a longer filter...I just dump in 4 quarts of Amsoil..good luck
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby robb » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:16 pm

TennX wrote:I use a bosch 3323 which is a longer filter...I just dump in 4 quarts of Amsoil..good luck

I do the same. There is a slight difference in filters, one slightly larger and one slightly smaller, and 1/10 qt is too small to worry over. The Honda dealer is going to change filter and slap in 4 qts and send you on your way. Their online oil change kit consists of just that, filter and 4 qts oil.
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Re: oil capacity - gl1500 (2000)

Postby heinzeroth » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:07 pm

Hey Guys,
I use to use Shell Rotella Blue Jug before switching to Amsoil 10-40 Motorcycle Oil Blue Cap w/h the Mobil M1-110 oil filter and E3 Dimond Back spark plugs E3.36 and can start bile cold without choke for a minute or so before it dies- tweaking choke a little to keep running! Really burns clean at low end.

Was running NGK Iridium plugs before and had to choke alot when starting and ideling for 3-5 min. till it wouild idle without choke - great improvement throughout powerband.

Also running Fram air filter hog, but want to switch soon to the Amsoil nano-fiber air filter or $85.


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