Clunk on startup
On my 2004 VStar 1100, about 50% of the time when I got to start it up I get a weird clunk sound when the engine is trying to turn over. When this happens the check engine light comes on, and if I just keep holding the ignition, it will go away and then start normally.
I thought it might be a problem related to too much "choke" or flooding the engine, but the mechanic mentioned I need to replace the starter clutch. I'm not too convinced with their answer, as I mentioned the starter clutch when I brought the bike in, and after watching videos I'm not getting the whirring sound that is indicative of that, just a loud clunk that sounds like the engine is seizing.
I will also occasionally get a similar clunk when turning the engine off. It might be related to turning off the bike without letting it cool down, but sometimes it happens even if I let it idle for a minute or so.
Anyone see anything similar? Was is the starter clutch?