Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Washington, DC, USA
In August of 2009, I purchased a 2006 K1200 GT with 1100 miles on it. Bought at dealer where it was originally purchased, all service intervals had been maintained and logged by the dealership. Because the bike was just past the 3 year OEM warrantee I purchased an extended just to be safe.
In July 2010 with 4500 miles on the bike, while enjoying some solo riding, I experienced a sudden momentary drop in power under hard acceleration in 1st gear at about 6500 rpm. Brought her by the shop in late July and long story short, the transmission had broken teeth on 1st gear. Determined to be manufacturers defect, extended warrantee replaced the transmission with a transmission from a K1300. Saved me $5000 and kept me off the bike for nearly a month while she got patched up.
Saturday I am heading out for a ride. Hop on the bike, go down to the end of the street, make a left and as the bike breaks 5K rpm, the tach spikes and I feel a drop in power. Feels like the clutch is slipping over 5K rpm. I try to see if I can baby her a little, but in the space of about 2 minutes and 1 mile, it gets to the point where the clutch won't get any grip at all and I'm on the side of the road. Bike gets towed to the dealer with 5100 miles on her.
To say I am a bit peeved, would be an understatement. 600 miles on a clutch and it goes? The extended will not cover clutch replacement since it is a wear item, but I am thinking this isn't caused by wear. This is something else. I haven't heard from the dealer yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion the seals leaked and let engine oil into the transmission. In the past 600 miles I've had to top the oil off twice, while I only had to do that once over the previous 3400 miles.
Anyone else have any thoughts?