I think that's what is known as a "wive's tale".
I have the OEM Honda 84-87 GL1200 manual it tells me to pull the starter on 84-85 the first step is to pull the rear engine cover and when I looked at that the first step was to pull engine. :sadguy: but i realy don't knowI have the Clymer manual. It says on the 1985 model the starter drive chain is not captured within a guide as on the 86-87 models. It says if you remove the starter the drive gear and drive chain will swing away from the opening and you will not be able to retrieve them without removing the engine and the rear engine cover.
Has anyone ever had this happen? I need to repair my starter, and I would love to do it without removing the engine.