I claim no copyright for this method. This method is simple, easy to do, and leaves no bits of plastic in the oil pan. NO DRILLING REQUIRED!
The method was provided to me in May 2012 by Tom Cutter, www.RubberChickenRacingGarage.com; located in Yardley, PA. I liked it so much I asked Tom for permission to post it here and I removed my old recommendations (screw method or knocking out from inside if pan was off).
I have edited Tom's information.
Every 'oil level sight glass' I have worked on, so far, has been plastic.
Use an old wide flat-blade screwdriver about a foot long, NOT a Phillips type).
You will need a method of heating the tip area of the blade to red hot. A propane torch is fine. I use my oxy-acet outfit. You will need a small piece of wood as a fulcrum for the screwdriver. You can use an old screwdriver handle for this, or whatever you have.
Draining the the motor oil is NOT necessary; but, if the sight glass weeping or dark discoloration is not serious, you might consider waiting until oil change time.
07/22/2012: revise to show tilting the bike to right for Oilheads, and that using the side-stands are for K bikes.
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