Originally Posted by Gibbsy
I have a K1200RS 1997 with an intermittent clutch slip problem,
the bike has one previous owner and has only done 15000 miles from new it also has been serviced every year when the bike was in for an MOT by the main dealer, the previous owner had money to burn I think, anyway the bike has never seen a wet day, until I got it!
The clutch seems to slip every now and again in any gear, I have noticed when I change gear if I let go of the clutch lever (dump the clutch) it doesn't slip quite so badly.
I recently took the bike on a couple of hundred mile run and it was fine for about the first fifty miles and then it started to slip quite frequently so I did the dumping the clutch through each gear change for a good few miles and the problem went away for a good while.
There doesn't seem to be much feel in the lever but this is the first hydraulic bike clutch I have ever had and imagine they may all lack a little feel.
Could I have your thoughts on this problem please please
I've actually just gone through this exact same situation.
I bought my K1200RS after it had been sitting virtually un-ridden for, as near as I could figure, about 18 months. Bike was in good nick, and the clutch had been done just before I bought it, so I thought I was good to go.
About 10000k's later I started to get clutch slip - not when pulling away, but when riding and cracking the throttle to, say, pass someone.
After a bit it got somewhat worse - kept hitting at lower and lower revs - so I took it to my mechanic and asked if there was something I could adjust to sort it out.
He pointed to the side of the gear box where it mates with the engine on the right (brake) side and said "See that oil trace? You've done the rear engine seal, and it's leaking onto the clutch".
Seems K1200's don't like sitting for long periods without being ridden - things dry out, and when they do get ridden again, seals give way. When my mechanic was replacing my clutch (I was worse off - I needed the slave cylinder and paralever bearing done at the same time!), he had no less than two other K1200S/RS models in the shop for the exact same reason - one of them was 4 years old but had only about 18000k's on the clock - similar situation, owned by an occasional rider and left to sit for long periods of time.
So look close at the right hand (rear brake) side of your gearbox where it mates with the engine - if you see any oil seepage from there, then I'm afraid you're up for a replacement clutch and rear engine seal.