I put my bike in the shop about a week ago with a starting issue, I thought maybe the starter was just shot, even though the bike only has 25,000 miles on it. Bike has been terrible to start below 55 degrees. I'm not that harsh on it when starting it up cold, I thumb starter and let it fire up and then rev it to about 2000 rpms and let it idle until it can stay up on it's own.
This time last week however, something else happened...
I don't have a picture of the actual damage, but the lower half of what I have circled in red has been torn completely off. I'm assuming that's where the other gear is mounted between the starter and the starter clutch (don't know if that's right).
The dealership I took it to says they might be able to rebuild it by welding it, I'm not too mechanically inclined and am just wanting opinions. I asked what could possibly do this and they said something along the lines of the starter kicking back but they didn't know for sure.
It's my thinking that a simple weld job isn't going to work if it doesn't address the issue of how the thing was torqued off in the first place. Before I brought it into the shop I bump started it to make sure it would fire, fired no problems, but I could swear I felt the starter continually turning over without even thumbing the switch.
Meh, probably more of a rant... just not sure where to go from here.