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Default Opinions-checking oil level 2006 1200L

There seems to be a lot of disagreement on how to check the oil level. I'd like to get a couple of opinions. The owners manual says to check it hot, that you cannot get an accurate reading cold. But quite a few YouYube videos say it doesn't matter. The owners manual says to push the dipstick all the way in, my Clymer manual says to put it in and turn it, but don't push it down. Some say the bike should be on the "jiffy stand", some say it should be vertical. It appears the procedure changed in 2004 with the new style dipstick.

One thing pretty much everybody does seem to agree on is that it doesn't have to be perfect, that as long as it is between the top line and bottom line it is ok.

I've been going by the owners manual so far without any issues. But I've heard the official H-D owners manual has some errors in it.
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