I took the bike to Shails. On weekdays, the bus ride out there and/or back to the city is actually pretty damn fast. They did a few things on it while it was in there; nothing too serious. However, I spoke to the mechanic who worked on it (Todd) and he suggested that I book it in for a full on tranny removal so that the input splines could be thoroughly checked over, and lubed properly. I have been sitting on the fence about that. I’ve been meaning to take the starter off and see what movement there is on the clutch, but am not really sure what to make of it when I get there. Online forums seem to be all over the place on this spline issue.
Thank you for the suggestion, Steven!