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#1021347 - 10/21/18 11:32 PM Oil gauge slow to register level  
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Greetings riders,

I am getting used to my "new to me" 97 r1100rt with a questionable service history and 79k miles. My electronic oil gauge registers no oil or one bar when I start my bike?? after a few minutes of riding the gauge slowly rises to mid level.

Normal or no?

Cheers!! wave


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#1021352 - 10/21/18 11:46 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Originally Posted by geemunay
Greetings riders,

I am getting used to my "new to me" 97 r1100rt with a questionable service history and 79k miles. My electronic oil gauge registers no oil or one bar when I start my bike?? after a few minutes of riding the gauge slowly rises to mid level.

Normal or no?

Cheers!! wave



Evening geemunay

Are you referring to your oil TEMPERATURE gauge? If so it should start out low as there is no heat in the oil when first started then move up near mid range as the engine heats to operating temperature.


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#1021354 - 10/22/18 12:07 AM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Well don't i feel dumb!

you are so right!!! I am still learning about this hog.


Thank you!


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#1021381 - 10/22/18 02:09 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Welcome.

You do know where to "see" your oil level, right?
Search "oil dance".

Also, keep the revs up to enjoy the boxer.


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1996 R 1100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
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#1021384 - 10/22/18 02:21 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Yep, thank you. I found the view port last night , oil color looks ready for a change. I plan to change all fluids as soon as possible.

There is a lot more going on in this bike than my Honda haha


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#1021386 - 10/22/18 02:40 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Service is based on time/mileage.

Service schedules on line.

Color changes after short time, but, IMO, always good to establish known
baseline with unknown service history.
Fluids, filters, easy enough.
Valves, TBS, easy enough.

The 1100 is a competent ride with huge potential, enjoy.


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Tim
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2003 K 1200 GT
1996 R 1100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
All now gone...

#1021402 - 10/22/18 03:58 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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Thanks bro, I am thrilled and terrified of my purchase so far haha. she has done really well so far and I need to keep reading about her.

I think I am able to change fluids and filter with the info online but I may run it to the dealer for valves and tbs.. may be over my head at this point by myself. I also want them to check the v belt and I may need new rear brake pads (never done pads before)


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#1021404 - 10/22/18 04:41 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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No, the servicing on this bike is WELL within the abilities of any owner. For the price of a service at a bike workshop, you could pretty much buy the tools you need. That is what these forums are for. Many of us have had and have these bikes. This particular forum is pretty much the best, but there are many others too.
When you are ready, just ask and if we can, we'll help.

#1021412 - 10/22/18 06:21 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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geemunay

Remember when changing oil filter make sure and check that the oil filter gasket does not stay up in the cavity after removing the filter. It has been a problem for some. For your first time just check and that way you know that someone else did not leave one in there. If someone else left one in there it would more than likely be leaving a mess on the floor after operation.

I like to use the K&N KN163, it has a drive nut on the filter for ease of installation and removal. Remember do not over tighten it. It makes it difficult to remove if over tight. The torque is 11 NM or 97 in lbs.

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#1021418 - 10/22/18 08:31 PM Re: Oil gauge slow to register level [Re: geemunay]  
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gee- first things I did when I bought my high mileage 96 RT (5 years ago) was oil & filter, transmission oil and final drive oil. Later I did the fuel filter and new SS brake lines with a complete brake fluid flush, and alternator belt. The old rubber brake lines get brittle and inefficient. Will be replacing the fuel lines inside the gas tank over this winter, should have done those when I did the fuel filter.

YOU can do all of this, including the valves. You might find someone on this forum in your area that can give you a hand with the TB sync. That's what I was able to do.

What color is your 97? Dave

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