Originally Posted by Torquemada
This doesn't help the OP in your current situation but Aprilia and Ducati also have the same design and tendency for these starter clutch symptoms and failure; Kickback on engine cutoff, crappy engagement, scary sounds, leaving you in the middle of nowhere shrugging your shoulders, etc. Hope I'm not repeating the obvious. Just want to throw some tips out here gathered from other's bad experiences.
Things you can do to preserve the sprag clutch life:
- Make sure the battery is in good condition. Keep on trickle charger. A weakish battery that refuses to die can kill your sprag before the battery eventually gives up.
- Use key switch to cutoff engine whenever possible not the emergency kill switch.
- Start engine while in neutral whenever possible, 1st gear at other times.
- Give ample time between start attempts. Don't jab at the starter button. Wait for it to spool down completely.
- Always press starter button with commitment.
Hope this helps.
and if you suspect something is about to fail or sounding funny, fix it before heading way out there
If it was me, before calling a tow truck, I would try and flag someone down to give me a tug with a strap to bump start it and then ride it back home, even if it was hundreds of miles to home, if it was thousands of miles, then to a town to order parts.
But hey, that's just me
If you are unfamiliar with it, uncoordinated or accident prone the tow strap bump start can be a little tricky if not downright hilarious.
its about on the athletic level of getting up on a water ski