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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 17-Aug-2018, 09:14 AM (593) Thread Starter
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Clutch Engagement

I have a 2017 R1200GSW. Iíve noticed my clutch engagement is really far out from the bar. Is this normal? Is there any adjustment to bring it in closer?
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Suggest looking at aftermarket levers..even with those becareful with their adjustments .
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Suggest looking at aftermarket levers..even with those becareful with their adjustments .
So I take it thats its normal for these bikes?
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I don't know how/if the '17 is different from the '13. The '13 -- mine at least -- is plagued by a variable engagement point. I suspect the variability had to do with oil temperature. Sometimes I have to pull the lever all the way to the bar to fully engage the clutch, other time it engages close to the end of lever play.

So I don't know what normal is -- or if there is a normal.
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So I take it thats its normal for these bikes?
More like 'common'..

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You would figure that BMW would have this rectified by now, I know they changed the length of some of the clutch activation rods in mid 2014 in an attempt, some owners have had luck slightly reducing the amount of mineral oil in the clutch reservoir and I've even heard of a few people having some success reducing this annoyance by tying back the clutch lever overnight or longer.

My theory as to why the clutch engagement point shifts around on this bike is that there are 3 activation rods that go from the slave cylinder at the rear of the transmission to the clutch near the front of the engine, these rods total a long run of 16.9" and they rest against one another and I think they are susceptible to plenty of variance due to temperature and lord knows what else, the slipper clutch design along with the centrifugal assist mechanism may also contribute to the weird behavior.
There is also a chance that if the clutch isn't bled out 100% completely a tiny amount of air in the system is the culprit, I say this becasue some have this issue worse than others and some not at all.
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I agree that my 2017 GSW has an odd engagement point that is very far from initial release if that makes sense. I've gotten used to it after 1300 miles. The Hill assist helps when a hill is involved. Good option.
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...... a chance that if the clutch isn't bled out 100% completely a tiny amount of air in the system is the culprit ......
I bleed the clutch each service and it always feels different afterwards. The overall variation is possible a combination air in the system, temperature variance and oil viscosity.

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I have a 2017 R1200GSW. Iíve noticed my clutch engagement is really far out from the bar. Is this normal? Is there any adjustment to bring it in closer?
I was able to "fine tune" mine with the little adjustment wheel on the lever.

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I bleed the clutch each service and it always feels different afterwards. The overall variation is possible a combination air in the system, temperature variance and oil viscosity.
Have you found an easy way to bleed the clutch? If so could you share this with us?
The couple times that I've bled the clutch on my 2013 GSW I have to remove the starters and the slave and it's a pain in the ass.

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