I've read where some members with misbehaving starter clutches have put Seafoam in the engine oil and rode the bike for a few miles (maybe 25 or 50 miles), drained and replaced the oil and filter and the problem went away.
Thanks again for the information. I've given it a try. Here's what I found...
I took a warm-up ride of about 40 miles and began the process.
Though the oil after the first SeaFoam ride looked pretty clean to me and restarting didn't seem any different, I changed the oil and filter, added SeaFoam again and took another trip.
This time, after returning, I set a timer for 15 minutes then attempted to start the bike while hot. It started, but only after some slight starter spinning.
At the 30 minute mark another attempt. Longer spinning but still started.
The 45 minute mark, less spinning but started.
At the 1 hour mark, the bike started almost
After the next 15 minute mark, the bike was back to starting instantly.
So, the problem seems to be between the 30 and 45-minute mark as she's cooling down.
I ran through the SeaFoam process a third time but decided to let the SeaFoam remain in the oil over the next three days while I accumulated about 175 miles of riding before a final oil and filter change with no
I must say though, I do see improvement. Even though there is still some starter spinning, it is a lot shorter and the bike has so far still started.
At about $8 a quart for Castrol GTX 10 W 40, $10 for a filter and $5 for half a can of Seafoam, that's about $47.00 for each of the three test runs and a final change. Adding that to the $600+ for battery and a new starter is expensive, but I'm still hoping I can find an alternative to the engine pull and clutch replacement.
I'm going to continue to monitor the situation and hope that it continues to improve, but I'm still bracing myself for the inevitable.
I just posted my problem, your suggestion, and my findings over at goldwingfacts.com in hopes there may be other suggestions from the folks over there. I see that you're also a member there so this may be old news to you if you saw it there.
Again, thanks for your help.