*A buddy and I got 2 non running bikes about 2 weeks ago.
The other day I got 'er running (Pepi Sport, new points + condenser) for about 20 minutes, it crapped out in the middle of the ride and the starter clutch handle was firm open.
Yesterday I pulled the tranny cover and found that there was shiny metal wear on the leaf spring and the coresponding bearing in the starter clutch itself - to the point of a flat spot on the bearing. When pushing on the starter clutch itself by hand, I was able to engage the flywheel. I also pulled the snap ring and the disk and spring were fine.
At this point I realized that the cable casing had at one point been cinched between the fork and the bike, and I think this is why the starter clutch lever was firm.
So I put it all back together, added SAE HD30 to the proper amount and tried to kick it over using vice grips on the starter arm. Couldn't get it to go, pulled the plug and it was dry and dark. I'm thinking that the reason why the bike stopped was because the carb is clogged, it just so happened that the starter clutch lever was stuck too.
Note: to get the bike running the first time I had to 'prime' the engine by sneaking some gas into the combustion chamber - but after that it ran for about 20 mintues.
Is the leaf spring/bearing wear a problem or common running situation?
Any thoughts/advise on my analysis?
Thanks a bunch.