Checking on the stands, still results to (for some reason) too much, take it off the stands, and balance the bike or have someone hold it then check. I've put my bikes on stands and it looks perfect on stands but when put back on ground I get a higher reading. Over fill of oil can damage you engine just as much as not enough.
Amen! A couple of years ago, I was changing the oil in one of my bikes when a group of guys from the neighborhood came over to blab (actually, get away from their wives so they could slam brewskies and get blotto). I had my bike on stands when I put the oil in...up to the top line. When I took it off, the whole sight glass filled up....waaay too much oil. Actually, the party boys distracted me.
Anyway, I have the nasty habit of loseing my composure and common since when I do something stupid
. I didn't want to pull the stunt like the guy in Bandit Gurl's story, so I grabbed a rubber tube and started sucking the excess oil out. I couldn't get a siphon going, so I just sucked out mouthfulls of very warm synthetic oil and spit it out in a coffee can. Before it registered how stupid this was, my gums were on fire
. I ran in the house and got a new bottle of Scope mouthwash and rinsed and spat all over the side yard for 10 minutes. The boys were so hammered, they never realized what was going on and wanted to know why the hell I was gargling in the yard.
Bottom line....don't overfill the oil!