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    Oil level indicator seems worthless.

    They're not exactly idiot lights, but the info displayed on the dash of my 2016 RT could be a close second. Current gripe: oil level. Through the sight glass it's exactly in the middle. The instruments says ---. Other times it reads OK. I know: ignore the indicator and see for myself. Thanks for listening.
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    Wait .... do you mean to say that BMW has put an electronic wiz bang on a motorcycle that ........ gasp ...... doesn't work correctly? Looks like the guy (or gal) who designed the grandly successful fuel strip has been promoted to oil level gauge engineer obviously in an effort to duplicate prior success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucepatt View Post
    They're not exactly idiot lights, but the info displayed on the dash of my 2016 RT could be a close second. Current gripe: oil level. Through the sight glass it's exactly in the middle. The instruments says ---. Other times it reads OK. I know: ignore the indicator and see for myself. Thanks for listening.
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    The oil level only reads when the bike is stopped, level and at full operating temp.
    If the engine isn't hot it will read ---

    It is working as designed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cessnadog View Post
    The oil level only reads when the bike is stopped, level and at full operating temp.
    If the engine isn't hot it will read ---

    It is working as designed.

    Is there somewhere in the manual that says that? I would like to know for sure. With the oil at a proper level in my Wethead I will get anywhere from an "ok" to a "no reading ---" to a "check". I have done that on the same ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cessnadog View Post
    The oil level only reads when the bike is stopped, level and at full operating temp.
    If the engine isn't hot it will read ---

    It is working as designed.
    Right, close to worthless and definitely an answer to a question never asked! The site gauge works just fine.
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    Relax, wetheads don't use any oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Wait .... do you mean to say that BMW has put an electronic wiz bang on a motorcycle that ........ gasp ...... doesn't work correctly? Looks like the guy (or gal) who designed the grandly successful fuel strip has been promoted to oil level gauge engineer obviously in an effort to duplicate prior success.
    That's funny!!

    Ironic, and probably true, but still funny.

    FYI, oil level in sight glass should ideally be 3/4 - not 1/2 (and 'normal operating temp' occurs in your driveway - not during or just after a 20 mile ride - it's a tad above normal at that point).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cessnadog View Post
    The oil level only reads when the bike is stopped, level and at full operating temp.
    If the engine isn't hot it will read ---

    It is working as designed.
    ^^^this
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    My dealer doesn't know why is shows "_____". They started up a new bike and it showed the same thing. I didn't see anything in the manual. Sometimes it reads "OK" when I am going 80 mph down the road -- not stopped, level and at "normal temperature". BTW does "level" mean on the center stand or just on flat ground on the side stand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbutterfield View Post
    My dealer doesn't know why is shows "_____". They started up a new bike and it showed the same thing. I didn't see anything in the manual. Sometimes it reads "OK" when I am going 80 mph down the road -- not stopped, level and at "normal temperature". BTW does "level" mean on the center stand or just on flat ground on the side stand?
    Your dealer is discouragingly ill informed. When it shows ----- it means the parameters for taking a reading have not been met. On the sidestand is not level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cessnadog View Post
    The oil level only reads when the bike is stopped, level and at full operating temp.
    If the engine isn't hot it will read ---

    It is working as designed.
    My dealer told me the same thing.
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