Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Douglasville, GA
Oil Capacity - What To Believe
I'm in my 48th year of owning/riding/racing motorcycles. I've done all my own maintenance except for having a few wheel bearings pressed in. This 2014 CB500F is my 23rd motorcycle. I say these things just because none of you know me and I wanted to let you know I've been around the block a few times regarding motorcycle maintenance.
This is a great motorcycle but the issue of oil capacity versus checking oil level (capacity) via the sight window is very confusing. The owner's manual and the official Honda service manual (which I have) give 2 pieces of direction: 1) The oil capacity when refilling after an oil AND filter change is 2.9 US qts, and 2) Oil level is checked using the sight glass, desired level between the lower and upper marks. I've had my own issue reconciling these two directions.
Yesterday I drained the oil and replaced the filter. Using a measuring cup I poured in 2 quarts + 29 ounces. That's 2.9 quarts. The level in the sight glass was exactly at the top line. Wonderful. Should mention the bike was chocked and standing straight up.
I started up the bike, let it run for a few minutes, turned it off, waited for a few minutes, then 15 minutes more, and NO oil was showing in the sight glass. While running the oil light didn't come on and there was no oil on the floor. Having put in an amount of oil exactly as called for in the manuals I went out for a ride of maybe 50 miles, bike ran fine, transmission was fine, came home and parked the bike, didn't bother to look at the oil level. This morning I put the bike in the chock, looked at the sight glass and still NO oil was showing. Getting my measuring cup back out I added oil, 4 oz at a time. It took 24 oz to come up to the top line. Ran the bike for a short time, turned it off, oil came up to the top line.
The manual says 2.9 qts. The sight glass reading says it takes 3 quarts + 21 ounces. (2 qts, 29 oz at refill plus the extra 24 oz) Since the manuals say check level via the sight glass, I guess my new fill amount, with a new filter, will be this new quantity. I send this info along as an fyi to you folks that believe in doing your own maintenance. Good for you! Might end or help out with all the "topping off" I'm reading about.
I've gone ahead and attached a few photos of the chock I made for this bike. $7 for the 3 2x4's and large eye screws. I had the belts. Works perfectly and I can move it to my trailer when I need to.