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Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Engine oil level check

Pre-Ride Inspections / Engine oil level check

Due to the semi-dry sump lubrication system, the engine oil level shown in the sight glass will fluctuate with movement of the motorcycle from a vertical position and with the temperature of the oil. To get an accurate oil level reading follow all inspection procedures closely.

IMPORTANT Engine MUST BE AT OPERATING TEMPERATURE when checking oil level. Check oil after riding or after idling a cold engine for 5-10 minutes.

Pre-Ride Inspections

1. With the motorcycle in an upright (vertical) position, let the warm engine idle for 30 seconds.

2. Stop engine.

3. Place the machine on a level area and hold it in an upright (centered) position.

4. Inspect the oil level by looking at the oil sight glass. The oil level should be in the middle of the sight glass between the FULL 2 and ADD 3 marks.

5. Do not overfill. The appropriate volume of oil should be in the middle of the sight glass. If oil level is low, remove engine oil fill plug 1 and add Indian Motorcycle 15W- 60 Full Synthetic engine oil. Repeat steps 1- 4 until the reading is within the safe operation range.

CAUTION Oil level will NOT be accurate if checked on a cold engine. DO NOT ADD oil to raise level to middle of sight glass on a cold engine, as this can result in overfilling.

NOTE Do not overfill! The correct approximate volume is in the middle of the sight glass between the FULL and ADD marks.


WARNING Operating the motorcycle with incorrect tires, incorrect tire pressure or excessively worn tires could cause loss of control or accident. Underinflation can cause a tire to overheat and result in a tire failure. Always use the correct size and type of tires specified by INDIAN MOTORCYCLE for your vehicle. Always maintain proper tire pressure as recommended in the rider's manual and on safety labels.


Improper tire pressure can result in irregular tire wear, tire failure, reduced fuel economy and a poor riding experience. It can also affect handling and stopping ability.

Slow tire pressure loss over time is normal for a functional tire.

Always inspect tire pressure and condition before each ride.

Check tire pressure before riding, when the tires are cold. This will provide the most accurate reading, as riding warms the tires and increases tire air pressure. Tires remain warm for at least 3 hours after a ride. Do not adjust tire pressure immediately after riding.

As tires cool, the pressure will drop and result in underinflation.

Always check and adjust tire pressure when tires are cold.

Using a good quality pocket-style gauge, adjust tire pressure to the recommended pressure.


Inspect the tire sidewalls, road contact surface and tread base. If inspection reveals cuts, punctures, cracks or other wear or damage, replace the tire before riding. Always use the correct size and type of tires specified by INDIAN MOTORCYCLE for your vehicle.


Measure the tread depth near the center of the tread on both tires. Replace any tire with a tread depth of less than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm).

See also:

 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Pre-Ride Inspections

To keep your motorcycle in safe operating condition, always perform the recommended pre-ride inspections before each ride. This is especially important before making a long trip and when removing the motorcycle from storage.

 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Brake fluid level inspection

IMPORTANT The brake fluid level in the reservoir will go down as brake pads wear. If you notice a sudden lowering of the brake fluid level, inspect brake pads for wear and brake system for leaks.

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