My WLC has run sweet and trouble-free for many a mile. Recently I broke the kickstart return spring; then having fitted a POS aftermarket one which didn't work properly (I've seen better springs in Chinese wristwatches) the kickstart lever itself broke at the pinch bolt.
So I obtained an OEM lever and an OEM spring second-hand, went to fit them and couldn't get the kickstart to work properly, kept slipping.
Stripdown revealed this;
Now they sure as hell aren't the correct tripper bolts, they just look like countersunk set-screws. You can see where the top one has been rubbing on the countershaft but the bottom one seems unmarked.
There's no debris of any description in the bottom of the gearbox and the oil (what was left of it) was pretty clean too. I haven't touched that box since I bought the bike six years ago and as I say it's been pretty much faultless.
So how the hell did it work okay for so long? And why is nothing easy?
2005 XL1200R.... well ya gotta have a rat-bike!