Hey thanks for the response and for the forum info! Yeah so I've only had this bike for about 6 months now and wasn't aware of this being a common problem for this bike, but I am now. So I didn't really do anything out of the ordinary when it broke. I had just stopped to catch a breather and when I went to start up again on the first kick it just snapped like a twig. I didn't know what it was at the time and was surprised to find out when I took the right side cover off that the tip of the shaft that holds the idler gear just sheared off. It seems ridiculous to me that the shafts end is hollow. Anyways, I guess it wasn't too much of an improvement from 98' to 99'. So I was planning on getting the parts from either bike bandit, cheap cycle parts, or partzilla. Do these places sell genuine honda oem parts? If not, does it really matter? If anyone knows let me know, thanks!