Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
The clear plastic can get coated on the inside to a point you cannot see through it well, but if you do not have a lot of miles on it it may be just as another person said, oil level too high. Put it on the sidestand and see if you can see the oil level. If not, get a BIG friend to put the sidestand up and lean it a little more to the left to check.
The rear of the sightglass assembly is silver.
If you do find that it is a "smoked" glass, it can be replaced, a new one is around $18. There are posts here on ways to remove it, a socket the right size can be used with a hammer to knock the new one back in.
Some use a large sheet metal screw in a hole drilled or punched through the assembly to pry it out or use a slide hammer on, I used a long punch up through the oil filter cover to knock it out. I do not recommend drilling the hole, as that can leave metal particles in your oil pan. Melt a hole in the plastic with a soldering iron, then punch the hole in the metal for the screw.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.