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The shaft the clutch is on , Is not a tight fit, In the bearing, Never has been,But the main shaft sits in a ball bearing tightly (hopefully) so you can only feel minimal play in the bearing ?
since the '80s ? I'd think if it was the wrong gear trouble would have started some time ago. I don't see any bluing in the shaft/bushing so must have had the oil level correct, and I don't want to start talking about the dip stick :OHaven't seen one split like that before..........I know it might sound extreme, but I wonder if the mating gear which would be the G 8 or a G 8/1 is in fact the wrong gear and has been causing bad or incorrect meshing, thus overloading the tips of the teeth.......Fit the layshaft and this mating gear back into the box to see if this might be the case.
A very good point, I suppose even our beloved Vincents are not totally immune from metal fatigue, and like most of their owners they are getting on a bit, and lets be honest, when the clutch has occasionally not functioned as it should who hasn't been a bit rough with the gear lever just to get you home, I certainly have been guilty of that over the last 56 years.Hello, I have had a G4 fail in the same manner, luckily not so catastrophically. The bushing looks like the correct oilite.
Just old age, much like many owners!