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I need to check the oil level in my 1985 Yamaha virargo 700 and when it starts all the oil disapears from the glass left side of the bike should it be full when the bike is runnung or when th ebike has been sitting for a few min?

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This is normal. when the engine is running it drives the oil pump which then circulates the oil around the engine. this will empty the sight glass. to check the oil level switch off the engine and leave for 15 minutes. make sure the bike is on level ground and upright. this gives the oil time to drain back into the sump. hope this is helpful..

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Where and how do i check the oil on my 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim X?

Put your bike on the high stand and thn check the oil level at the right handside cover just above the brake pedal. It should be fully covered with oil.
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Start engine till running temp is reached ,while the engine is hot ,remove the engine drain plug, and then remove the oil filter unit . Take great care as the oil will be hot and could burn skin .then once the oil stopps dripping replace draion plug and insert new oil filter unit .replace with good quality engine oil recommended for your bikes engine..once the new oil has been put in the engine , to required level in sight glass ,start engine and allow oil to go around the engine ,your oil level will drop as the oil filter will fill up .run for a few minutes and recheck your oil level ,and add to required level .

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