Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Houston, TX, USA
I'm on my second 07 K1200S, and i've had clutch issues with both bikes. BMW replaced the entire assembly under warranty and good will the first time. Even though the bike was well out of warranty. Don't count on that. Both the first bike and now the second started having clutch issues around 19,000 miles. The clutch was an issue all along, but only got bad enough to be of concern at 19K. First bike clunked so hard going into gear it would scare cars at the intersection. Clunked really bad in all low speed situations. I know they all clunk, but this one was much worse than other bikes. Now, the newer S is having issues with excessive rattling at idle. May or may not be the clutch. Some seem to think it's the clutch basket, but others think it's the idleing assembly. I'll have to wait to tear it down to see what the problem is. For now, i'm just going to continue to run it.
My advise, just keep running your bike until you have a real issue. The clutch on a K bike clunks. You just have to deal with it. I have ONLY had issues at idle and low speed. The bike runs great as long as you're running it at a good pace. I still love the S. It has a few issues, but i sure hope BMW continues to develop the high speed, Sport Touring platform that the S occupies. NO, i don't want a heavy S with a 6 cylinder. (Unless it comes with 200+ hp :-) )