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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2018, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Check your clutch lever play

As the title says, check it, as per page 73 in the GS riders manual. When in for the first service, I had a little
chat with the tech after he was done with it. Asked exactly what did he do other than change the oil and filter.
He noted the clutch lever play was out and said these machines are picky on having their lever play set up just right.
He has noted others are getting premature clutch wear because they were not adjusted as per the proper settings.
Not sure if this was the problem for me having some missed shifts and edgy starts from stop, but seems to be smoother
now after this adjustment.

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Will do, thanks for the tip.
I'm used to it now but don't really like the clutch on my GS, a long way till it starts to engage and have to keep the revs 'hungry' to avoid a stall. Rode the dealer's demonstrator 310R today and the clutch was way different, very nice, engaging smoothly and early. Couldn't believe the difference given it should all be the same hardware.
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+1 to checking your clutch play,

after i added more clutch play to my lever (on the 310r),
gear shifts up and down become more precise and transitions between gears were smoother.

it leads me to think the dealer set up the clutch poorly
(in my case i think the clutch was not 100% engaged when clutch lever is at full open?)

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As the title says, check it, as per page 73 in the GS riders manual. When in for the first service, I had a little
chat with the tech after he was done with it. Asked exactly what did he do other than change the oil and filter.
He noted the clutch lever play was out and said these machines are picky on having their lever play set up just right.
He has noted others are getting premature clutch wear because they were not adjusted as per the proper settings.
Not sure if this was the problem for me having some missed shifts and edgy starts from stop, but seems to be smoother
now after this adjustment.
Speaking of lever adjustments, not sure about anyone else but my throttle play got way loose after about 1000 mls. It's super easy to adjust by sliding the rubber sleeve down and adjusting using the double hex nut adjuster and then sliding the sheathe back. I know this is like lever 101 but I didn't think about it until it really bothered me and now it's like a new bike.

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Speaking of lever adjustments, not sure about anyone else but my throttle play got way loose after about 1000 mls. It's super easy to adjust by sliding the rubber sleeve down and adjusting using the double hex nut adjuster and then sliding the sheathe back. I know this is like lever 101 but I didn't think about it until it really bothered me and now it's like a new bike.
Yes +1 on the throttle slack.
As with any new machine, everything has a break in, and requires adjustments. Brakes, clutch, throttle and chain all will stretch and wear requiring the rider to check and adjust as required.

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I increased the clutch free play on mine to maybe 3 or 4mm. It brings the engagement point closer to the bar, easier for my small hands.
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My dealer set up my clutch to engage all the way out (almost fully releasing the lever before hitting the friction zone). I hate that....had my mechanic adjust to the middle for friction zone and when i brought the bike in for its first service the dealer mechanic set it all the way out again....grrrrr.
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Installed my new Chinese ajustable levers this week.

Adjusted the clutch with barely 1mm of play, the adjusted the lever to my short but large hands.

Same for the brake lever.

Now it's the way BMW should have made it from the start.
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+1 , adjustable levers fixed the late clutch friction point problem for me.

I do see that there is also adjustment for the clutch on top of the gear box casing, anyone know how playing with that may help others?

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Installed my new Chinese aDjustable levers this week.
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