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My Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 oil level reads overfull ,five minutes later it will read low. Do i have an oil pump problem? Where is the oil going? I have had it in the shop 2 times with no results. cant ride if oil is low.

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You should check the oil with the bike in an upright position and the engine cold. when you run the bike, the oil is flowing through the oil pump. after you stop running the bike, you should wait a little while for the oil to comeback to rest for an accurate reading.

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• 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi
What immediately distinguishes the Kawasaki Vulcan™ 1500 Classic Fi cruiser from the rest of the well-populated class is that it has the look, feel and sound of a mid-1950s motorcycle. But Kawasaki matches the "look" with a digitally controlled fuel-injection system and high-tech features that result in modern performance. Indeed, response to the Vulcan 1500 Classic Fi was so positive that upon its introduction, Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser magazine dubbed the bike "Cruiser of the Year."
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A long, low-slung chassis provides the classic cruiser look. The Classic Fi’s floorboards are positioned to put the rider in an upright and comfortable position. Also, the brake pedal is designed to make it easier to apply the dual-piston-caliper-equipped brake. Other conveniences include wide, five-way adjustable brake and clutch levers for added rider comfort and self-canceling turn signals for easier use.
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