New info. The starter clutch was bad. Replaced a gear, bearing and something else to no avail. Turns out the crank is bent. No shit. The guys think that the gears on the crank not spinning true slowly beat the starter clutch gear into submission. With the looser tolerances, it made noise. I'm too tired and frustrated to think straight.
I'd much rather fix this one way or another than part the bike out. I can't afford another bike and I've got far too much into this one to just walk away-even though I probably should. I just can't do it. Besides, I can't in good conscience sell it to somebody like this. That's a low class move. So I've got a rolling chassis of Ohlins goodness that I can't ride.
Crankshafts don't bend themselves. The previous owner had crashed it when it was new and I was aware of it. I went over the bike with a fine tooth comb looking for signs of a poor repair, leaks, scuffs, steering stop damage, frame damage, bad shifting-anything. Aside from a ding in the radiator and the occasional scuffed bolt, I didn't see anything. It tracked straight, it shifted properly, it sounded right. Seems that it took a harder hit than I'd bargained for and now I have to deal with it-10 years later.
Have a wheelie nice day!
Last edited by Sasquatch; 01-11-2019 at 01:22 AM.