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98 K1200RS Clutch/Transmission Problems - What Should I Expect?

When I last rode my bike - back in January - everything was working fine. Over the winter, my battery died. I replaced it. When I started the bike up and put it in gear, I was surprised when it accelerated even though I had the clutch lever fully depressed. I rode about a mile testing the bike. The clutch seems not to be engaging or disengaging properly and it is sometimes - only sometimes - very difficult to change gears, although not when the bike is turned off. Also, my ABS lights are blinking constantly.

When I replaced the battery, I dropped a bolt down into the motorcycle. Without taking the bike apart (I am not a mechanic - not by a long stretch) I haven't been able to find it. I would suspect that it might now be blocking something and causing my shifting problems, but since those problems go away when the bike is turned off, that doesn't seem to make sense.

As of now, I am planning on taking it to my local BMW mechanic.

Any ideas on what my problem is and what I should expect him to suggest?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 2007, 3:25 pm
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When I last rode my bike - back in January - everything was working fine. Over the winter, my battery died. I replaced it. When I started the bike up and put it in gear, I was surprised when it accelerated even though I had the clutch lever fully depressed. I rode about a mile testing the bike. The clutch seems not to be engaging or disengaging properly and it is sometimes - only sometimes - very difficult to change gears, although not when the bike is turned off. Also, my ABS lights are blinking constantly.

When I replaced the battery, I dropped a bolt down into the motorcycle. Without taking the bike apart (I am not a mechanic - not by a long stretch) I haven't been able to find it. I would suspect that it might now be blocking something and causing my shifting problems, but since those problems go away when the bike is turned off, that doesn't seem to make sense.

As of now, I am planning on taking it to my local BMW mechanic.

Any ideas on what my problem is and what I should expect him to suggest?

Thanks.
You have a tall order here.
Did the clutch release so you could initially put it in gear? And did it shift well?
Is there fluid in the clutch reservoir( there is a window on the side of the reservoir)?

I doubt a dropped bolt can get inside the engine. But a small one could get into the alternator.

A haul to the dealer is in order.

Bruce C
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I've known dry clutches and brake pads that have stood a while, particularly in a damp atmosphere, to 'stick' to smooth metal surfaces like pressure plates and rotors. This is caused by damp absorbed into the friction material whilst layed up, then rusting to metal surfaces in contact. After some use the bond is broken and the plates are smoothed up again. Normally friction materials are impregnated with brass (non-corrosive) but it's the steel from wear that eventually coats it.

I think I'd try some aggressive clutch moves first, like pulling in and out on a low gear deceleration, or town riding and ride a few miles more to see if it improves. If the clutch has a problem you're unlikely to make it worse. If the problem stays, you don't want to damage the transmisssion, so let the dealer look at it.



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