Front Sprocket Cover
I'm in the process of cleaning up and modifying my 03 919; I've had it only a few months and have been working on it but have a long ways to go because the previous owner wasn't into maintenance. So.............the biggest problem the bike has is the front sprocket cover - the top bolt hole is busted in the threaded area that the bolt threads into. I guess I could drill out the hole and re-tap it but was considering just running the bike without the cover. Does anyone else do this? What are the downsides? Is there a risk of getting your pant legs caught in it? Do I have any other options?
I also noticed the front sprocket has a very small about of side to side play; is this normal or should it be completely snug? I tried tightening it but can't get enough leverage behind it - I need a longer wrench. I'm going to replace the sprockets and chain ASAP.