FOG,FOG said:...problem was likely to be that very weld fracture you asked about. That failure is so common there should have been a factory recall on it years ago. I guess the weld last just long enough to be out of warrentee therefore who gives a $hit. Not K for sure.
This news is a little disconcerting; Thanks for making me aware of this weakness. I love performance enhancing upgrades, but without reliability you have nothing (you have a sweet bike sitting by the side of the road). Especially if you consider any touring or longer distance travel. Talk of a recall makes if sound like this was not an isolated incident. Could you expound a little more about the seriousness of this issue?
- Would this be worth pulling the flywheel and reinforcing the welds for peace of mind?(can this be done?)
- Is there a warning sign (like you hear this noise and know if you shut the motor down you won't have a starter to restart with) (or you better shut down or you won't have an engine)?
- In an emergency, if this failure occurs can the bike be driven if you, say push start it(maybe down an incline or so)?(so you can get it home)