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Old 03-21-2009, 05:17 PM   #25
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Joined: Mar 2009
Location: MN
Oddometer: 162
got it started today, one of the jets was clogged, poked it with a pin, the dirt fell out and away i rode . it seemed quite strong, but we could not get 1st gear. we dumped the oil out and found this:

it kinda feels like we can select 1st gear, but it does not make any noise in that position, just as if it was in neutral. any input is welcome , current ideas are; bent shift fork, stripped gear, or (really) worn dogs (or any combination). I have read about bearings going bad in the engine, but aside from a little valve noise it runs like a top, so we are assuming it is related to the problem in getting 1st gear. in it's past life the bike was used to chase cows, so it's easy to imagine first got quite a beating.
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