My buddies 2003 XL650 grenaded the countershaft under the countersprocket at aprox. 27k miles. It was ridden hard but maintained well. Is this unusual? How many miles on your XL? Please do not interperate this thread as an opportunity to buy a used XL as that would be against forum rules. If he decides to sell his bike it will be on Craigslist or the 'For Sale' forum on thumpertalk. Thank you.