Kickstarter not fully retracting-'03 450

Hi guys,

I have an '03 which has never given me any major worries until today. I never use the electric leg because it never works ( battery issues I think)

Today when i kickstarted it the kickstarter only retracted as high as the frame and wouldn't sit in flush like it usually does. When I tried to force it in it statrted to make an "engaged" sort of sound. ie gear rubbing on gear noise, so I stopped the bike and went home.

Any ideas?

Sounds like the starter gear spline has worn, resulting in the start lever moving from it's proper location. The lever is now resting where it "thinks" it is supposed to.

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