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I have not ridden my '09 K1300GT since last October. I have kept him on a Battery Tender.

I started him up last weekend. He fired up as expected, but soon was displaying the word OIL in the center display. The low oil pressure light was not lit and the warning triangle in the top display was not lit red or yellow.

On page 111 of his rider's manual I found:
"After longer motorcycle immobilization periods, engine oil can collect in the oil pan; this must be pumped into the oil tank..."

So who or what does the pumping? Can I ride him around the neighborhood until the OIL indicator goes out, or is there more to it?

Please help me understand this one.
Thanks in advance!
 

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Oil level reading is done in the oil tank. Manual says you should check after a long trip. If there was a correct level in the bike before it was put up, I would take a short ride around the block and then let it idle for one minute and shut it off. Then take an oil reading. The engine oil has to be pumped out of the block for a correct reading.
 

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I forget.... is it a dry sump ?

if so it has two oil pumps, one for pressure and lubrication (like a normal engine) and a second "scavenger pump" to pick up the oil that falls in to the sump and put it back in the tank...

the idea is a crank in a bath of oil is a power and economy waste (so better not to - but costs more to build)
the other downside is too many revs and too much oil = destruction of the engine... so a gentle run should sort the issue.... ring a dealer up and ask ?
 

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Thanks to TF1200RT and botus. Today I visited the only m/c shop I know of that's open Mondays (Long Beach BMW). They gave the same advice as you guys did: start it up and run it gently until the OIL warning goes out.

I'll try that out tomorrow.

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Dry sump. When you drain the oil from the engine, you get about a half quart. The drain from the oil tank takes at least an hour if you use the drain tube. Too bad I'm leaving tomorrow; I'm in Carson right now, so I'm close to Redondo.
 

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Drain the oil tank (4 liters or so) as stated above, then to get at the half-liter that remains in the crankcase, remove the drain bolt at the bottom of the motor.
 

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Drain plug maybe? Not sure of the setup but it should have a drain plug.
There isn't a drain plug on the oil tank. There is a straw like tube that you remove from the top of the tank and snake it down the side of the frame to drain the oil. One guy on the BMWMOA site uses a vacuum setup to suck the oil out.
 
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