a rag busted my engine case?
Yesterday I was messing with the bike, took it for a short spin down the gravel driveway, across the yard and around the house.. 2 min. When I parked it by the garage I looked down and saw something running/dripping. motor oil. it was all over but mostly coming from under the primary cover. Also I noticed a piece of an oil rag that had been in my pocket, now caught the back sprocket and twisted around the axle.
I removed the CS sprocket cover and chunks of oily broken metal fell out and clearly it was the source of my oil problem. The rest of the rag was still there trapped behind the sprocket.
Apparently that rag went around the cs under the chain. The resulting bulge in the chain broke the casting that serves as chain guard, and the pieces of that broke a bolt on "oil tube" just to the front and slightly above the sprocket. Since this tube is bolt-on, not part of the case so I may not be screwed yet there. the lower part of the chain tunnel is the transmission cover. it got chewed up pretty good too and has some cracks.
While case is broken, it may not be compromised.. just some external casting features I hope. Man am I lucky or what, a rag wreaks havoc.. what are the odds. you could probably ride a million miles with a hundred rags in a hundred pockets and not do this again. post pics in a minute from cell phone.