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    Any suggestions?

    So went down to West Bay this evening for a mooch following a quick nip down coast road.

    When it was time to go it turned over intermittently, by which I mean with finger on trigger it would do a half arsed turn and then you'd hear this rattle from what might have been clutch area. It sounded bad, so I left her down there and went to pick up some locks and chains with the aim of leaving over night and going down with mates van tomorrow.

    When I got back with said chains I thought I might as well fire her up just in case. She started no bother. I can't emphasise how bad it had been like an hour and a half before. Does this sound symptomatic of starter clutch issues? And if so is the next check a visual inspection of that region? Is Kwik still doin the kits or do we have a UK source these days? I've never once started this 33k miles bike in gear..... I'm mystified by how the issue can suddenly kick in that badly and then apparently 'adjust' itself.

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    If it turned over intermittedly it prolly isn't the starter clutch. Like Nige said. Loose connections give a reet nasty noise too.
    We need a bigger boat

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Right chaps electrical investigations pending......

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    It sounds like your battery is fucked!

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockin rexer View Post
    It sounds like your battery is fucked!
    battery is the one thing I know is fine, plenty of crank there. Plus the fact that its started on the button later......

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by PALESAINT View Post
    battery is the one thing I know is fine, plenty of crank there. Plus the fact that its started on the button later......

    ............well if you are certain...........BUT lead/acid batteries can regenerate!

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockin rexer View Post
    ............well if you are certain...........BUT lead/acid batteries can regenerate!
    voltage check on to do list

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRXNige View Post
    Best test for a battery is a heavy duty discharge test as opposed to just putting a volt meter accross it


    A drop test is the only real way to test a battery (but not for to high)
    Another 1 of 6. " Essex Geezers "

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    Update. Battery was coming in a bit below par re voltage so thats on optimate maintenance after which I'll load test.

    But my initial suspicion was correct, that noise was indeed coming from the starter chain wacking the clutch basket, there's fresh marks visible. So that means flush and change oil and fit manual adjustor. Is anyone doing em on this side of the pond these days?

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    Re: Any suggestions?

    You need an M10x40 dome head bolt and lock nut. An M5x25 Allen bolt and lock nut.
    Piece of ally bar 19x15x32. Red loctite.
    Local engineering shop should be able to make one if you can't yourself.

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