Question about R1200GS clutch

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by ZR1000A1, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. ZR1000A1

    ZR1000A1 Adventurer

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    I have R1200GS 2012 with just 1000 miles on it. This is the first bike with a dry clutch I've ever owned. The bike runs great, no issues. I just noticed one thing and not sure if it's normal or not. After the bike cools down, the first time I squeeze a clutch lever there is a noise, more like a loud click coming out off a clutch basket, seems like something got stuck and released. It only happens in this situation: ride -> cool down -> first time lever squeezed. Never when the bike is hot and never on the second, third, etc. squeeze. Should I be worry about it?
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  2. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Hello ZR1000A1, I am new to the GSA and BMW too. I dont have any information for you but I am sure some of the fellow owners will have a clue. I do know that the GS or in my case GSA is sure a different ride compared to what I am used to and the clutch takes some getting used to for me, mine seems a bit grabby. It may need a few miles to settle in. I put a dual friction clutch disc in my old hot rod chevy and first time I parked it the disc froze to flywheel. best wishes. D.
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  3. mtrdrms

    mtrdrms Been here awhile

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    My 07 does the same thing. Always has. 55k. I think its normal..
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  4. ZR1000A1

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    Thanks. Good to know that I'm not alone and that it's not a sign of a bigger clutch problem. Just wonder what may cause this behaviour?
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  5. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Hey ZR1000, I rode my bike today and got a few more miles on it, it is strange in comparison to a wet clutch, which is what I am used to. Mine makes a clunking noise kind of like slack in driveline when engaging and disengaging but I only notice it in 1st gear. I have not heard a noise as you describe. Hope its normal for us both. D.
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  6. ultane

    ultane sqeezin the bag

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    I've never heard it on my 07 GSA or my 11GSA. The 'clunkiness' is normal for these transmissions. They all do that...


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  7. ZR1000A1

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    Thanks guy! Just to make it clear: I don't have any issues with a clutch operation while riding the bike. It's just a weird "clunk" sound coming out off a clutch basket. Happens only once (first time I squeeze a clutch lever) after the bike cools down. I wonder if it's normal (means, many others experience the same "clunk") or it's a sign of a problem? The clunk occurs at the very beginnig of the clutch lever traveling, just "buh!", like something were stuck together and got loose.
    I could try to ask my dealer, but I know their reaction in advance: "It's normal!". That's the dealer's usual reply as long as a bike still running... Plus, it'd be hard for me to demonstrate the issue to them, because I need to ride the bike to the dealership, wait 2 - 3 hours till the engine cools down completely and then I have just one chance to replicate the "clunk" sound. Because, it never happens on a second, third, etc. attempt.
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  8. wrigmanG/S

    wrigmanG/S Been here awhile

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    Have an 07 with 34000 mi on the clock. Mine does the same thing, think it's normal. Just for the record, I noticed my 97 K1200rs do the same when I had it.
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  9. bikeroz

    bikeroz Long timer

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    Just want to confirm that this clutch clunk noise is indeed benign.
    I can hear the clunk even when bike is in neutral and I pull/release clutch. More pronounced when it is in gear already (1st specifically) say at a traffic light.
    I have no experience with hydraulic clutch operation on bikes and just want to make sure "they all do that".
    I certainly did not notice this when bike was new.
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