Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sacramento, NorCal
I just topped off the oil. Using the NOT screwed in method the 1999 Shadow Aero 1100 took 4 quarts. Since the drained oil was so black and knowing it was run at low levels, I will change the oil again between 500 and 1,000 miles.
The laughing nightmare oil change story. I have been working on cars for 45 years (I am 60) and I have owned a half dozen various motorcycles. I do all my general maintenance. I have never worked on a cruiser and realized how low they really are with this Aero 1100. My MC jack is holding my KLR so I had to use a drain pan in the driveway. None of my drain pans were low enough so I grabbed a plastic pan sitting on the shelf. It fit I was happy. Dropped the filter and drained the oil. A friend called so I wa snot watching close enough. I noticed oil under and beside the drain pan. Moved the pan thinking it was not catching all the oil. Realized that did not work and the pan must have a leak. Pulled the oily pan out and used a smaller pan to catch the dripping. The drain plastic pan had a hole drilled in it to drain whatever. I got the plastic pan at a swap meet full of parts for my '62 Impala SS. Now I have a driveway full of wiped up oil and a ton of oil soaked rags in the garbage can. HAd to laugh at a proposed 15-20 minute job that turns out to be a messy 45 minute job.
As I said before this is not my motorcycle. A friends wants me to ride it to keep the gremlins away. He has been a good friend for many years. He gave me a place to live my last year of high school and until I enlisted in teh USAF. I have bought and installed a new battery, repaired and adjusted (sort of) the headlight, changed the oil, I am remounting the soft bags, remounted the license plate, cleaned it thoroughly, bought and installed an air cleaner, realized the front tire has a slow air leak, corrected the handlebar mounts, corrected the left bracket for the windshield (it was eating the clutch cable), and adjusted the windshield.
I want to check driveshaft for proper lubrication and check the forks proper adjustment.
Thanks for teh help.