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Old 02-02-2015, 06:09 AM   #1
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Burnt out clutch after 6000 miles

Rode up a mountain saturday doing rock climbs the dirt bikes were even having problems with. Clutch is slipping horribly now. I learned my lesson. Is there anything I can do to adjust the clutch or did I just screw myself over? F700GS.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:54 AM   #2
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Check how much free play you have at the lever. As the clutch wears, it uses up the free play. You might get lucky and just be able to adjust in some free play. The adjustment is only at the bottom of the cable at the clutch release on the side of the engine. I burnt out my clutch at about 15K miles because I bought the bike used and what I thought was free play was just a bit lighter resistance at the start of the pull. It was actually running with no free play. You want about 3-5mm free play at the lever end of the cable. If that doesn't work, you're in for a new clutch. The only other option besides the stock plates is the Rekluse clutch.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:00 AM   #3
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yeah unless you are riding off road and slipping the crap out of the clutch not enough free play at the lever will cause these clutches to burn up quickly.
You should get 50,000 miles out of a clutch for normal adventure riding with proper slack on the clutch cable.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:42 PM   #4
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sounds like you cooked the goose here mate! it is and easy fix....
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Rode up a mountain saturday doing rock climbs the dirt bikes were even having problems with. Clutch is slipping horribly now. I learned my lesson. Is there anything I can do to adjust the clutch or did I just screw myself over? F700GS.
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.... The clutch is easy to replace, pay attention to how the plates go in and remember to soak the fiber plates in clean engine oil before you install them.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:06 AM   #5
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Be careful when using the adjusting nuts on the crankcase cover arm....
the little arm breaks easily ....

If you do end up swapping it out there is a thread here on how to do it ...
be careful because not all the plates are machined the same....

AFAIK there is no after-market kit out there yet .... although Barnett is apparently considering one ....

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Old 02-03-2015, 01:05 PM   #6
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I adjusted the free play and it helped but I still have top end slippage. I read people saying you have to take half the bike apart yet you guys are saying its easy. I will look for the thread but I would really like to do this myself and save some stealer money. It is going to be nice this weekend but I might be riding the Harley at this rate....
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:18 PM   #7
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Take half the bike apart? It's not a 1200. An hour if you're prepared. 2 if you want to double check everything.

Cue Erling and his "I can do it in 20 mins".
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:01 PM   #8
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The clutch is very easy to replace, though you'd likely just need the plates. It's simple enough of a job that you can pop your bike up on the center stand and pull the plates to exam if they are actually fried.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:29 PM   #9
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Take half the bike apart? It's not a 1200. An hour if you're prepared. 2 if you want to double check everything.

Cue Erling and his "I can do it in 20 mins".
Hey now..... I can do my 1200 in about the same 20 minutes.
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:09 AM   #10
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Hey now..... I can do my 1200 in about the same 20 minutes.
Oh, so the wet heads with their wet clutches are easy now?
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:51 AM   #11
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Wet head clutch

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Oh, so the wet heads with their wet clutches are easy now?
The new wet head clutches are on the front of the engine and much easier to access.
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:57 AM   #12
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Yeah, I've changed many a boxer dry clutch. One of the reasons I have the 658's and 800's.

I have a brand new clutch at home, thousands of miles away. Too bad for the OP.
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:50 AM   #13
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Oh, so the wet heads with their wet clutches are easy now?
Ha ha... right.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:01 AM   #14
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Yeah, I've changed many a boxer dry clutch. One of the reasons I have the 658's and 800's.

I have a brand new clutch at home, thousands of miles away. Too bad for the OP.
What, complete with basket? Forget that, Im thinking wrong bike, its the K series that come with basket,
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:21 PM   #15
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Diy it up!

Everything you need to know is here:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=617112

I burned/glazed my clutch up in about five sandy wash runs and a few hill climbs...had no idea about clutch cable slack. FWIW, I did the same thing to my XR650R the previous day while treating it like an MX bike because I didn't know about clutch slack.

I searched high and low for an alternative to the $400 BMW clutch; in December 2014, there were none.

Buy the clutch replacement kit from BMW, look at the above thread, and save yourself some shekels and DIY it up...I did it, and I'm not all that much of a mechanic. Like the other guy said, it took me all of 2hrs because I was new at it and used a torque wrench to tighten bolts to spec.
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