Does anyone change oil without using center stand???


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Does anyone change oil without using center stand???

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This may be a foolish question, but does anyone change oil without putting the bike on the center stand?

I've put the bike on the center stand time and time again to change the oil, but last week as I was attempting to lift it something in my right leg went "pop" and it's been a painful several days since (still haven't changed the oil, needless to say).

I don't really want to have to pay the dealer to change my oil and filter (plus they don't use Amsoil so I'd have to purchase it and bring them a gallon to pour in).

Just looking for any ideas, or advice not to do it if it's a bad thing. The drain plug is on the left side facing forward, so it seems the oil might drain more completely. I can have someone sit on the bike to check the oil level. At any rate I appreciate the feedback.

Healing very slowly right now; work on my feet all day so I'm not inclined to keep using the center stand as I can't risk injuring my leg again.



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Re: Does anyone change oil without using center stand???

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Go ahead and pull the drain plug with bike on the side stand, then you could sit on the bike and balance it upright to get out any more oil.
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When I pulled my shoulder and could not get the bike up on the center stand, I rocked it up on two 8X8 blocks so it was standing up straight and did it that way. My wife helped with positioning the blocks under the frame on each side.
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Re: Does anyone change oil without using center stand???

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mterraci wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:54 am
I've put the bike on the center stand time and time again to change the oil, but last week as I was attempting to lift it something in my right leg went "pop" and it's been a painful several days since (still haven't changed the oil, needless to say).
Before you worry about changing the oil in your bike, you need to see a doctor, Orthopedist maybe, and get your leg looked at.
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Easy.....fit a Sidecar. :D


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I've never had my bike on the center stand. :D

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The GL1100 drain plug is more to the right side. But the bike is a b...h to get on the center stand alone (old guy). I have several jackstands handy, so I put a jack stand (in a low position) under the right crash bar. Then slide another one under the left crash bar as I rock the bike upright. Easy, low effort, and I don't need a helper to see the fluid level as I refill. Still hate to try and find that darn level with clean new fluid in that stupid view window.... Grrrr.

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Post by WingAdmin »

It's pretty bike specific. The 1500 drain plug is on the right side of the block, so not a great place to drain on the side stand.

You could always start the oil draining into the pan, then get on the bike and sit it upright until it's all drained out.

As already mentioned, if you haven't had your leg checked out, I'd highly advise it.

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Finally changed the oil and filter on the bike today, without using the center stand. Worked from the side of the bike opposite the kickstand (right side when facing forward) and had adequate space to get it all done. Sat on the bike after draining and rocked it as suggested to make sure all of the old oil was out. Only spilled 1 drop of oil putting the new filter on (I did pre-fill the filter).

My leg is almost healed (16 days now since I injured it). It's been a painful two weeks but thankfully is much better. Will not be using the center stand any more. All in all, just happy to have the job done and very glad to be able to start riding again.

I appreciate all of the support and the feedback very much. This has been and continues to be an awesome forum.



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