Noisy clutch. Like a bucket of bolts

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  1. mrkennethporter

    mrkennethporter Escaped Lunatic Beware!

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    When in neutral my GS sounds terrible. Its been like this since I got it.

    Noise not there when its cold or when I pull in the clutch lever in. Guys are telling me its normal. But I would like to fix it if possible.

    What is it?

    2004 r1200gs
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  2. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    I would check the transmission oil. Drain and inspect. Refill with 75w-140 GL 5.
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Not the clutch. As def sez, and as you may have deduced it's your transmission. When you drain the oil, look for metal parts and particles. That's your problem.
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  4. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer

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    Try a heavier gear oil, as recommended above. That's all you can do externally, and some find it helpful. I swear my bikes sound and shift better with fresh fluid, but that may be just a placebo effect.

    A high-quality rebuild of the transmission might improve the noises, but it'd cost the value of the bike. As you've heard, they all do that.
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    lewisjr1 Long timer

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    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Also synch the throttle bodies.
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    jbuggyus Been here awhile

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    I know on r1100gs and r1150 gs all do that. Mine has done it since i have owned it at 24000 miles now has 50000 miles.
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    I have 94000 miles on my 09 GSA. It has sounded like a bucket of bolts for the last 75000 miles. Just ride it.
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    My '05 has done that since I bought it, with 1700 miles. 32000 miles later, still does it.
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    With earplugs or buds with music playing :strum
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    I have a 1994 R1100RS with 89,000 miles, silky smooth shifting and QUIET. Any trans that noisy has bearing problems and will fail at the most inoppotune moment. Buy a used one, and have Largiader go thru it.
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    The exhaust pulses will make the clutch basket rattle. When you look at the friction discs and metal plate's they have play in the basket. As everythung wears as do the tollerances of said discs. It is normal that it gets a bit more noisy as the engine ages.
    As long as it goes away when you pull the lever in.
    That puts pressure on the plates and discs and arrest their rattle.

    Edit: i just red that you had a 2004. My above assessment is with regards to the wet head, with their oil bath clutches. Not quite sure what the earlier boxers have.
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  13. mrkennethporter

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    Thanks for the replys. I just changed the gear box oil with the suggested grade. I cant say its has made much difference to be truthful.

    The strange thing about this noise is, sometimes it disapears, other times it get loud.

    The bike shifts fine and there is about 1 1/2 back wheel back lash in 1st gear .

    This it the sound. Is sounds louder as I have the phone next to the gearbox.
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    I don't think that's a gearbox rattle...
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    Pretend it's a dry clutch Ducati.
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    mrkennethporter Escaped Lunatic Beware!

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    It does sound like its coming directly from the gearbox. I am pulling the clutch in a few time there.

    What do you think it is?

    I have just searched youtube "r1200gs gear box noise"

    Exact same noise seems very common
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    Std input shaft play
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    mrkennethporter Escaped Lunatic Beware!

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    is it terminal?
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  19. JaroIrishSlovak

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    Do your maintenance. After I did all fluid changes and valve adjustment my bike is much more quieter. You worry too much. Did you try few bikes before you bought this one? When I rode the first one I thought holy shit that sounds like loose screws in the engine.
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  20. ErikMotoMan

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    Well, then ... Kind Sir, why don't you tell us what you do think it is? That would be ever so much more helpful...
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