Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Since it is a 2000, the oil sight glass may be clouded so much that you cannot see the oil level, a rather common problem at high mileage. The sight glass is about $15, and can pretty easily be replaced. Melt a hole in the plastic with a soldering iron, use a sharp punch to make a hole in the sheet metal back, drive a sheet metal screw in the hole, then pry the unit out. Lightly oil the new one, and drive it in with a rubber mallet and a socket the right size.
The oil level should be between the red center dot and the top of the glass on the centerstand.
There is one failure that can cause loud tapping, broken exhaust header pipes. They sometimes break off inside the flange that bolts into the head. Can be re-welded.
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.