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Old 05-21-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
SHShockley OP
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KTM Noobie Questions

Forgive the dumb noobie questions. I recently acquired a barely used (700 mi) 2012 KTM Adventure, and I've got some basic questions:

- Does anyone else have a difficult time reading the oil level on the dipstick? I got the bike right after the 1000km service, and I'm not sure I've got a good oil level reading yet in the 800 miles or so I've ridden. I've read all the guidance about putting it on the center stand, letting it sit for a minute etc, etc, but I find the oil difficult to see on the plastic dipstick. I tried a Zeta Oil metal dipstick from ktm-parts, but the thing gets too hot and difficult to remove.

-Second question. Since the bike's radiator cooling fan is generally running when I stop, should I leave power to the bike until the fan clicks off?

Thanks, and again sorry for the noobie questions.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:52 AM   #2
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-Second question. Since the bike's radiator cooling fan is generally running when I stop, should I leave power to the bike until the fan clicks off?

Thanks, and again sorry for the noobie questions.

Not necessary, the bike can deal with a lot of heat.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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Forgive the dumb noobie questions. I recently acquired a barely used (700 mi) 2012 KTM Adventure, and I've got some basic questions:

- Does anyone else have a difficult time reading the oil level on the dipstick? I got the bike right after the 1000km service, and I'm not sure I've got a good oil level reading yet in the 800 miles or so I've ridden. I've read all the guidance about putting it on the center stand, letting it sit for a minute etc, etc, but I find the oil difficult to see on the plastic dipstick. I tried a Zeta Oil metal dipstick from ktm-parts, but the thing gets too hot and difficult to remove.

-Second question. Since the bike's radiator cooling fan is generally running when I stop, should I leave power to the bike until the fan clicks off?

Thanks, and again sorry for the noobie questions.
No worries on the question. Here is a way of searching this forum to find information: http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=site%3Aadvr...+oil+procedure

That is just an example. Just go to Google and use that search methodology and you will be able to answer most of your questions. There is a wealth of information in this forum. As to checking the oil, what I do is to lay the stick horizontal and touch it to my finger to find out where the oil level really is on the stick. It may take a couple of attempts to get a good idea of the level on fresh oil.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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Thanks Zak0r and Orangecicle. Good info. After a little research I gather I'm not the first to have difficulties reading the oil level.
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