Now, if you are faint of heart, you should not read this thread. I am still recovering myself!
Yesterday, I went to the nearby store on my '89 XT600W, came home, and parked it in the yard. About 4 hours later, it rained while I was out with a friend. I came home, and went to move the dampish bike. Kicked once, no choke, it sputtered, but didn't start. Turned on the choke, kicked it, and it started, and I gave it a tad bit of gas but it died. I toyed with the choke and tried and tried, but it wasn't wanting to stay running for more than a few seconds.
My friend, who has an '84, asked to give it a try. He got on, and tried starting it. I guess with his '84, he almost always has to crack open the throttle to get it to start when it's wacky like this. I never touch the throttle, as mine tends to backfire and kick back, and oh boy, it sure hurts your ankle for a bit. As such, it kicked back at him. He then remarked that my kicker goes up higher vertically than his, and kicked it again. I think it started. But, it kicked back right away and then.... CLANG!
Uh oh. The kick start lever's base was firmly embedded into the side cover, and I could see through the hole that it had planted itself into the clutch as well. Kickstarter was so well stuck in there that I had to unbolt it to get it free of the engine. Nuts!
So, as such, I'm specing out the parts I need to get it going. So far, here is the list:
Primary drive gear (really just need the clutch basket, but they are kind of attached)
Clutch plates and friction plates
Kick starter freewheel cam
Kick starter freewheel cam stop (the metal washer thingy)
Right hand side cover
Yum! I have managed to locate mostly everything, with the exception of the metal washer thingy, I guess Yamaha no longer makes it. Whatever, I'll fab a new one. But what I am hurting for now is a primary drive gear. Yamaha wants $230 USD for it, and there are none to be found on ebay right now (as so far I am aware).
As such, does anyone have a source for a cheaper one?
Let me tell you, I'm not entirely thrilled. I really like this bike. It is my first bike, and although I have only had it for about 3 months now, I have put about 3000 miles on it. Lots of fun! I can't wait to get it running again, but stupid budgets and alll...
Thanks all for your help, and past help with the forums!