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Vulcan 2000 Oil Leak

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Today I was on a ride and after riding for about an hour I noticed that there was oil leaking from the air cleaner. This is the second time that this has happened on this bike in 2 months. The last time that this occured I had it towed to the shop and I was told that there was too much oil in the engin that the overflow tube allowed oil the go the the air cleaner. The dealer fixed the problem olny to find out that I happened again today. I am not sure why this is happening. Any help or information would be appreciated.
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There is a very specific procedure to checking the oil level in VN 2000. It is very easy to overfill and under fill the crankcase due to it having a semi dry sump. Take it back to the dealer and have them make sure that the oil level is correct and have them check that the crankcase breather is free flowing. A little bit in the rubber cap is normal.
This is how Kawasaki says to check oil level-- Must be done this way or SEVERE engine damage can occur.
After you have verified that the engine contains oil, start the engine and bring it to operating temperature by allowing it to idle for several minutes, then shut it off. DO NOT REV THE ENGINE AND SHUT IT OFF AT HIGH RPM. Doing so can leave a significant amount of oil in the crank room and clutch area, leading to a false oil level reading.
Allow the oil to settle for a few minutes. Place the motorcycle level from front to back and side to side and remove oil filler cap/dipstick and wipe the dipstick clean. Continue holding the motorcycle perpendicular and reinstall the dipstick, threading the cap completely in. Remove the dipstick and check the engine oil level. The engine oil level should be between the high and low level lines on the dip stick. Adjust oil level accordingly.
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