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Old 08-19-2009, 09:40 PM   #821
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My guesses:

1.) It makes more room to access the star wheel/detent for the shift drum.

2.) It will have to come off anyway if the cases are going to be split.

I really wouldn't mind if Honda had kept using the upper and lower case halves like their old bikes had. It may still be a pain to open the bottom end, but at least the top end didn't have to come off most of the time. Earlier this year I had to replace a kickstart shaft(common) in a low-mileage XL175. Although the Clymer manual said the whole thing had to come apart, I was able to pull the bottom case without disturbing the head or cylinder.
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