Originally Posted by bgoodsoil
good point. most simple thing to check is the starter. pull the seat and the tank. take a 5mm allens and pull the starter cover. I can't remember if you can actually see where it engages. If not, you may just want to pull the starter altogether--still not a big job.
To find out if it's the engine or the gearbox. pull the gearbox back like you were doing a spline lube--enough so that the splines are out of the clutch. try to spin the gearbox with the kickstart and try to spin the engine using a 6mm allens in the nose of the crank behind the alternator cover.
I'm eager to find out what's the dealieyo.
Just pull in the clutch lever to determine if it's the trans or the engine. no need to pull the box.