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I noticed that cadre motorcycles now has the V100 owners manual on their website.https://cadrecycle.com/moto-guzzi-owners-manuals-2/
Thanks for that. The manual says it’s OK to check the oil yourself but if the oil level is low that you need to take it to an authorized dealer to have it topped up. I’m not kidding… BTW the engine does not have an oil level sight glass, just an old style dipstick.And naturally the dashboard service icon can be only be reset by an Piaggio authorized dealer “after they have performed the service”. The way it’s written appears to imply Piaggio coercion of the dealer into refusing to reset it for an owner doing oil changes on his bike. I bet the dealer mechanic has to certify that he did the work in the Piaggio software to reset the light, and that Piaggio maintains the record of him doing so. That might fly in Europe but I don’t think so in the US. I really wish this practice would make it into US courts, and it’s pushing me away from European manufacturers. As far as I can tell the Japanese manufacturers are not going down this road - they have a light but it can be reset by the owner after he completes work on his bike.
Thanks for the info on the oil window, that's a good thing but I wonder what they also included a dipstick and recommend using it instead to check the oil level on page 146?I rode one and I think my ST4 is better for me overall, in combination with a Guzzi that I can quickly service myself, like my V85TT. The only current solution to the service light insanity on either of the newer Guzzis is to ignore the light. Hardly ideal but it's better than submitting any bike I own to the typical dealer service gorillas. I'm still laughing about the Piaggio direction to take the bike to the dealer to have them top up the engine oil. These people live on another planet.
I think some of these bikes are overfilled from the factory, don't know why. It was shown on one of the videos that the oil would come out the crankcase when attempting to check the oil on the side stand. The local shop guy mentioned that the first bike he set up was about a quart overfilled.
PS. Tusayan, the Mandelo clearly has a sight glass, try looking at the bike before criticizing it.
So Chad, where is the sight glass on the V100 (owned by "Florida Lime" on ADV Rider) in this photo? There's a spot for one, but it's not there.
@NWrider, that is an ingenious way to check the oil solo when the dipstick on a sidestand-only bike is on the right side of the bike! When it’s on the left we have to do what we do on e.g. my Daytona RS, which is buy a race stand.
Why not just put a mark on the dipstick so one can check it on the side stand? "level" isn't magic...What am I missing here?
Black plastic dipsticks are a bit harder to mark than the older steel type. Also the oil level may be very high on the dipstick when the bike is on the side stand.
Mark your calendars , April 1st,,,,,,,, Top Gear Power Sports is unveiling the new Guzzi V100 , come on down and get a free lunch too
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