Hi everyone, Looks like it's going to be a great weekend for riding. I'm totally envious. Looks like my stay in New York will be extended through the end of the year. Things are going well but slow. My girlfriend visited my place the other day to get my mail and checkbook and said my bike is still there
but covered in dust in the back corner of the garage
. Oh well.
Take care on the new tires. As far as working the forks. I have a motorcycle lift that can take the bike off the ground about 15 inches. That's probably not enough to get the forks vertical for the oil fill and measurement so what I was thinking was,
Raise the bike with the lift.
Put cinderblocks under the tires and lower so it is resting on the tires on the cinderblocks.
Put cinderblocks under the center of the bike and put the jackstand on the center cinderblocks and lift again.
This should get the bike about 20 - 25 inches off the ground and with the front tire removed you should be able to tilt the bike forward enough to get the forks vertical for enough time to take the final oil measurement.
I have the lift and the straps to secure the bike to the lift which is critical for "the tilting". The only downside to using my lift is you have to remove the lower fairing and you will definately require a couple sets of hands to tilt and steady the bike while you take the measurement.
Don't know if you want to try this or if you have a better idea but let me know if you want to borrow my gear. I can make arrangements to have my girlfriend meet you at my place and let you in to grab my stuff.