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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-May-2019, 03:03 AM (335) Thread Starter
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r1200gs lc strange clutch behavior

Hello, I am wondering about strange clutch behavior. I am noticing different engagement points of my r1200gs `14 (37Kmiles). Normally clutch engages after releasing around 2 thirds of clutch lever.
In some situations clutch engages when lever is nearly 1-2 centimeters from the handlebar. I have noticed this situation when pushing the clutch while closing throttle. e.g. when pushing clutch while closing, it has like huge freeplay and it engages very close to the handlebar.
However, when pushing clutch while accelerating or keeping revs stable, then clutch works as normal.
I am wondering, is that a "special feature" of new wet clutch, or it is clear that something is wearing out and need to be replaced. any advice appreciated.
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Inconsistent clutch engagement is my number one complaint with my '13 GS. BMW did make some clutch related changes, but I don't know if those changed effected this issue.

For one thing clutch engagement varies with engine temperature. When cold the clutch engages with the lever close to the bar. When hot the clutch engages almost at the end of its travel. There may be other things that cause the engagement point to shift.

My bike has done this since new. I don't think it has anything to do with clutch wear.
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My 13 GS has had strange clutch behavior since day one! It has never been as dramatic as what
you describe. I frequently notice the clutch lever "move out" as there is a change in throttle.
I have never experienced that before this bike. I finally got the answer a couple of months ago
when I read an article about slipper clutches in one of the major motorcycle mags. It is "normal"
behavior for a slipper clutch and apparently the GS has one. Feel free to correct me on that the
slipper clutch if I am wrong, but it does explain word for word the behavior of my clutch.

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