the previous owner of the girl i bought the maxi from (she had it for 4mos) who did all the work etc on it told me it needs a new clutch "old one is likely very worn at this point".. my reasoning is the bike is getting harder and harder to start. AND! i have been reading a shit ton of material on clutch tuning etc and psyched to start learning more hand on once i get some parts, although i still dont have answers to my original questions on this post, i would ask again but level of extreme butt-hurt it may caus to some people could be catastrophic.
I'd ask my father for a raise in my trust fund... but he died 4 years ago working a blue collar job he did all his life.
@Casserollers... "fight him?" unlikely and unnecessary. It's better for people to have the opportunity to say what they feel to someones face, instead of in the safety of being anonymous on the internet. That's all.