Quote Originally Posted by 175781 View Post
Knock on wood, once I stopped trying to do an elaborate dance of specific time on sidestand, then on centerstand, standing on one foot, I started getting consistent oil reads. Get home. Bike goes on sidestand while I get off then immediately on centerstand (if I'm checking oil, cleaning, etc.). No more fluctuations in visible oil level.
If you are putting the bike on the center stand immediately after dismounting, you are not going to get an accurate reading on the oil level. The reasons are explained in this thread and countless others. Key ingredients are a hot bike and five minutes...

Probably the best concise description was in the thread rxcrider posted a link to already. If you missed it here is the exact post by GSAddict that lays it out as simply as possible: http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...8&postcount=18