Update and Lost
Thanks again for the advice. Since this post I have replaced: the chain, both sprockets, front and rear tire, the shift lever, clutch cable, choke system (with no cable), taken the carb apart again, and rebuilt the rear shock. All was great. The shifting problem seemed to go away, but black smoke and soot along with 25 mpg remained constant even after the carb. relook, although it did run better. Then last week I was running out of gas (with 1 gal. remaining) and the lean condition caused RPM to go up a lot, like almost pegging. I pulled into the nearest gas station and got off the bike with it still running (another long story), but it went into gear by itself again when I was off the bike. I had to grab the bike and dump it so that it didn't run into the store. When it dumped,the kickstand got folded in, which I didn't know and when I was setting it on the kickstand again that wasn't fully extended/locked and it dumped again. Pissed off to no end, I realized that not only was this super embarrassing and dangerous, but the two dumps broke the front brake lever, the throttle and throttle cables, and the petcock just to leave me stranded. I rigged it with a straw from the store, but that only lasted 100 yards before breaking down. I had it towed to my house where I have just replaced all that and the clutch that was wearing out. Now that the clutch cover is off, I can see the gears and stuff. I'm not sure even after looking at the above video if the spring is OK. I'm thinking that it is though because my symptoms went away after the new shifting lever. Now is has returned, so i guess the problem is there. I did notice that the fork looking thing right in the corner of the clutch area is freely moving. It looks like this part could jam or something. I cant imagine they used a free floating fork, but then again, I've never really worked on transmissions before now. All the springs that I saw looked intact and ok, but maybe its completely gone, but it returns the lever since I bought the new one. Any more advice would be very welcome. Thanks
Last edited by coolbronco; 01-04-2019 at 05:38 AM.