urrgghhh, you'll have to forgive my lack of knowledge, is ES the version post 2007 with gears / breaks switched? if so, it's not. It has gears on the right like the old classic versions
It's not ES no (if ES means Electric Start). it's classic model with gears on right, breaks on left.
If you have an ES model the problem will likely be your sprag clutch has grenaded and has jammed things up. If you do have an ES you should take your primary cover off and have a look inside. This is a very common problem and is easy to fix.
Did you read what he said? It happened under acceleration in 1st gear not when starting the engine with the electric start.
Did you read what he said? It happened under acceleration in 1st gear not when starting the engine with the electric start. They turned the engine over & the piston's not going up & down. That's the problem.
OK - I've got a bad feeling it's going to be something pretty substantial like broken connecting rod. Anyone have any idea what's the best / worst scenario I can expect with a broken rod? It only made a knocking sound when it first went, once the engine had died the kickstart was kicking over as if I had the compression switch on.
OK - Thanks everyone, all and any advice is much appreciated. Once I've spoken to my dad's friend and asked him about repairing at his i'll open her up and let you know how I get on. Any advice on workshop manuals? james
I'm not recommending this method of disassembly, but it gives you an idea of what's next. http://youtu.be/M_WD5m9RKdM
Oh My God! That poor freaking head! Have they never heard of using the right tool for the job!? Now pry bar, no dead blow?! Did anyone else notice the massive gouge he put into the head mating surface trying to beat and pry that head off at 3:10? I hope he plans on decking the head now.Scottie J